BYD Atto 3 electric SUV coming to Singapore via Sime Darby Motors, when will it be Malaysia’s turn?

BYD Atto 3 electric SUV coming to Singapore via Sime Darby Motors, when will it be Malaysia’s turn?

Warren Buffet-backed Chinese automaker BYD is expanding the availability of right hand drive versions of its passenger cars with the upcoming introduction of the BYD Atto 3 in Singapore. This comes after an Australian launch of the car earlier in February this year.

BYD calls it the Yuan Plus in China, but uses the Atto branding for right hand drive markets. The Atto range of cars is named after the attosecond, the smallest time scale unit in physics. The Atto 3 rivals other non-premium brand EV SUVs like the MG ZS, the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Kia Niro EV.

The Atto 3 measures 4,455 mm long, 1,875 mm wide, 1,615 mm tall and has a wheelbase that spans 2,720 mm. The Singapore spec car gets a front-mounted front-wheel drive 201 hp (150 kW), 310 Nm electric motor that can take it to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds. A 60.4 kWh battery gives it 480 km range.

BYD Atto 3 electric SUV coming to Singapore via Sime Darby Motors, when will it be Malaysia’s turn?

BYD’s distributor in Singapore is our very own Sime Darby Motors via their Vantage Automotive Limited company. Sime Darby does not hold the BYD distributorship for Malaysia. No pricing announced for Singapore yet ahead of the car’s 9 July 2022 launch date, but as with all Singaporean cars, it’s going to be expensive thanks to COE.

In Australia, the Atto 3 is priced at AUD44,381 (RM134,093) for the Superior with the 50.1 kWh battery, while the Superior Extended Range with the larger 60.4 kWh battery is AUD3,000 extra at AUD47,381 (RM143,157).

In other right hand drive market news, BYD has also been said to be exploring establishing a factory in Thailand to build and export right hand drive cars.

There’s no news about BYD passenger cars being introduced in Malaysia yet, but a local company CSH Alliance is interested in building a CKD plant for BYD commercial EVs in Tg Malim.

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  • tricycle on Jun 15, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    Ugly steering wheel, speedometer and gearbox console. Everything else looks ok.

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  • Same size & pricewise competing with Japanese Csegment sedans. Will be hard sell unless it is priced a bit more cheaper.

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  • How would you wanna promote ev when. Its priced at a luxurious price range? Insufficient charging station and lack of infrastructural support.

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    • Ygritte de La Rocha on Jun 15, 2022 at 8:06 pm

      EV is not for poor people like you and me. It’s for those earning more than RM20k a month. I opt for Perodua Axia. You should do too.

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  • SHLim on Jun 15, 2022 at 5:21 pm

    Lol BYD has the best battery in EV world. They invented blade battery. Check youtube.

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  • carfan on Jun 20, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    This car is the cheapest SUV EV in Australia but in Singapore will not be the cheapest. All the Singapore Car Taxes including high Road tax will drastically reduce interest for this car

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