BYD Seal EV launched in Malaysia – two variants, up to 523 hp/670 Nm, 570 km range; from RM179,800

BYD Seal EV launched in Malaysia – two variants, up to 523 hp/670 Nm, 570 km range; from RM179,800

First shown here at the end of 2022, and then teased again late last year, the BYD Seal is now officially on sale in Malaysia, with Sime Darby Beyond Auto launching the electric vehicle earlier today at the TRX Exchange.

Despite earlier speculation that there would be three variants for Malaysia, the Seal makes its debut here in just two guises, as an extended range Premium and a range-topping Performance. Initially, it was intimated that the local range would follow that seen in Singapore, Thailand and Australia, but the base Dynamic has been omitted.

Let’s get to what everyone has been keenly waiting for, which is the pricing. The two Seal variants available here at the following recommended retail prices:

  • Seal Premium (Extended Range) – RM179,800; RM180,430 on-the-road without insurance
  • Seal Performance AWD – RM199,800; RM200,430 on-the-road without insurance

BYD Seal EV launched in Malaysia – two variants, up to 523 hp/670 Nm, 570 km range; from RM179,800

Designed as a premium segment competitor to the likes of the BMW i4 and the Tesla Model 3, the four-door coupe-styled sedan features a sloping roof-line and short rear deck, with a neat mix of curves and swoops giving it a sleek – if sometimes generic – profile.

It measures in at 4,800 mm long, 1,875 mm wide and 1,460 mm tall, with a 2,920 mm-long wheelbase, and sits on the automaker’s e-platform 3.0, which also underpins the Atto 3 and Dolphin EVs. Unlike its siblings, however, the Seal uses an 800V electrical architecture platform similar to higher-end EVs such as the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT.

Other relevant numbers are a kerb weight of 1,922 kg for the Dynamic, 2,055 kg for the Premium and 2,185 kg for the Performance as well as 400 litres of boot space, with 50 litres available at the front.

External elements include LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights as well as retractable door handles and a panoramic roof. Both Seal variants ride on 19-inch wheels wrapped with 235/45 profile Continental EcoContact 6 Q rubbers.

The Premium features a single-motor, rear-wheel drive configuration, with 308 hp (313 PS or 230 kW) and 360 Nm on tap. It comes with a 82.5 kWh LFP Blade battery, which provides the car with up to 570 km of WLTP-rated range (650 km on NEDC).

The range-topping variant is the Performance, the only all-wheel drive variant. Its dual-motor powertrain combines a 215 hp/310 Nm front motor to a 308 hp/360 Nm rear unit to offer a total output of 523 hp (530 PS or 390 kW) and 670 Nm.

It has the same 82.5 kWh battery seen on the Premium ER, although the bump in performance means that its effective range is lower, with a quoted 520 km of WLTP-rated travel on a single charge (580 km, NEDC). Maximum speed isn’t quoted, but the single-motor Premium manages the 0-100 km/h sprint in 5.9 seconds, while the dual-motor Performance does it in 3.8 seconds.

In terms of charging, both the Premium ER and Performance AWD feature 7 kw AC Type 2 charging, and the charging time needed to get the unit from 0-100% state of charge (SoC) takes a somewhat lengthy 15.2 hours. With DC charging at a maximum rate of 150 kW, it takes 37 minutes needed to get the battery from a 10 to 80% SoC.

Inside, while there is less visual flourish on show compared to the Atto 3, the cabin presentation certainly isn’t coy-looking from a design perspective, although the Thaumas Black interior for the local car offers a more formal take. As per the general specification of the car, the upholstery on both variants is full leather, a step up from the faux leather on the omitted base variant.

Highlights include a 15.6-inch central touchscreen unit – with the usual switchable landscape/portrait orientation – and a 10.25 digital instrument panel that make up the display screens, as well as a 12-speaker Dynaudio sound system.

Elsewhere, you’ll find ventilated/heated driver/passenger powered seats, dual-zone air-conditioning, a PM2.5 air filtration system, keyless entry/start, an NFC key card, head-up display, two wireless mobile device chargers and wired Apple CarPlay/wireless Android Auto connectivity, among other things.

Safety and driver assistance kit includes nine airbags (front, front and rear side, side curtain and far-side driver) as well as a comprehensive ADAS suite that includes adaptive cruise control, AEB, lane departure warning and prevention, lane keeping assist, front/rear cross-traffic alert and brake as well as high beam assist and a high-resolution 360-degree camera, among other things.

2024 BYD Seal spec sheet (left), price list (right); click to enlarge

As for exterior colours, four are available for Malaysia, these being Cosmos Black, Aurora White, Atlantis Grey and Arctic Blue, the last exclusive to the Performance. The Seal comes with a six-year/150,000 km vehicle warranty, an eight-year/160,000 km battery warranty and an eight-year/150,000 km drive unit warranty. It was also announced at the launch that the first 800 buyers will enjoy a complimentary wallbox charger (supplied by EV charging subsidiary, KINETA) and free Gentari or ChargEV charging credits worth RM800.

Customers can also choose from Standard and Plus service packages, the former available priced between RM2,688 to RM8,488 depending on variant and the number of years (three, six or eight). The Plus service package is available in terms of six or eight years, with pricing from RM11,488 to RM17,688 – more items are covered compared to the Standard service package.

GALLERY: 2024 BYD Seal Premium

GALLERY: 2024 BYD Seal Performance

GALLERY: 2024 BYD Seal Malaysian brochure

GALLERY: 2024 BYD Seal official launch photos in Malaysia

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Anthony Lim believes that nothing is better than a good smoke and a car with character, with good handling aspects being top of the prize heap. Having spent more than a decade and a half with an English tabloid daily never being able to grasp the meaning of brevity or being succinct, he wags his tail furiously at the idea of waffling - in greater detail - about cars and all their intrinsic peculiarities here.

 

Comments

  • hondaman on Feb 22, 2024 at 10:55 am

    why write about dynamic range when it is not offered for sale in Malysia?

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    • Xc90 Owner on Feb 22, 2024 at 12:36 pm

      Malas culture, only copy and paste from others article maybe.

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      • Veyron Owner on Feb 22, 2024 at 5:59 pm

        Didn’t know the nons also had a malas culture….oh wai!

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        • Balik Tong San on Feb 25, 2024 at 4:36 pm

          China car is not reliable, we still got politician here ask if want cheap place, go back tomg san

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      • Pro-Palestine on Feb 28, 2024 at 4:15 pm

        First time hearing east asians has a malas culture. The last I checked on yahoo that they have the highest IQ in the world and are the most hard working race on earth. Can you share a link that China has malas culture?

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        • watchman on Apr 05, 2024 at 11:11 pm

          Highest IQ can also be malas. You are talking cock There is no such Yahoo article and you should be sharing source of your non-existent check. Why sound so bitter and jealous of other success ? Jealous extremist puak like you claimed pro-Palestine but probably has no issue wish Pattani terrorrist killing teacher and children in Southern Thailand

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    • Anthony Lim (Member) on Feb 22, 2024 at 1:00 pm

      Lol, right up to late this morning, everyone thought there was going to be three variants, including the Dynamic, and so the story was prepped with details of that included. Last minute editing removed most, if not all mention and referencing earlier. The story has now been edited to reflect that.

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      • He Long Must on Feb 22, 2024 at 3:08 pm

        Biyadi waiting for me to launch M3 performance then they kopi kat la

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  • Lance Chau on Feb 22, 2024 at 11:39 am

    Price quite close to M3. Can BYD pull it off this time?
    Honor/Huawei/Oppo vs Apple.

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    • He Long Must on Feb 22, 2024 at 3:10 pm

      For utility buy biyadi
      For gaya, mutu & keunggulan buy TESLA
      Win win jgn gado sesama fapbois

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    • Md Hamka on Feb 22, 2024 at 7:19 pm

      Baikbeli the more powerful Smart #1 brabus

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      • Harry on Feb 23, 2024 at 2:29 pm

        But Smart #1 Brabus is way expensive and also distance range is very low than this car

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    • alihms on Feb 22, 2024 at 9:51 pm

      I think it can. Model 3 will most likely sell more, but I do think the Seal does put a fight. Tesla advantage is brand recognition and driving dynamics, but the Seal offers better overall package.

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  • Phaser on Feb 22, 2024 at 11:39 am

    Wow…that price! With the specs offered it instantly puts pressure on lower-end premium brand EVs.

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  • Ben Yap on Feb 22, 2024 at 11:59 am

    with the removal of electricity subisidy, charging an EV at home will be costly. Hence, the reception of EV will not be very favourable. Charging outside is even more expensive. EV is not going to take off well in Malaysia. Buyers will still go back to ICE.

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    • fuel subsidy on Feb 22, 2024 at 2:12 pm

      same goes to fuel subsidy soon…

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    • Uncle roger on Feb 22, 2024 at 2:14 pm

      With the removal of petrol subsidy you better walk or cycle.

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    • Najiv on Feb 22, 2024 at 2:25 pm

      Yes..dinosaur oil car FTW

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    • With PADU system launched, soon many will hv to pay more for petrol. Is either this or that.

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    • Before trying to be a keyboard warrior, do you actually know how much to charge at home and how much is the price difference or not…

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    • kckfen on Feb 23, 2024 at 7:51 am

      Invest in roof solar power, i have on my roof. It reduce the electricity bill up to 80%. Solar panel last 25 yrs, and invertor comes with 10 yrs warranty. And the whole system pay itself back in 4 or 5 yrs times, mean next 5 years is complete free energy generation….and you be charging for free.

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  • Can check if Apple CarPlay is truly wireless? I got the Atto 3 and it’s wired via USB, only Android Auto is wireless. The Seal local brochure also says CarPlay is wired.

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  • Beyond on Feb 22, 2024 at 12:19 pm

    Top range price = tesla3 base range price

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  • azhar on Feb 22, 2024 at 12:25 pm

    800V architecture but the charging speed like 400V…AC only 7kw DC 150kw…hahaha

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    • Yeah needing to charge more than 10 hours on level 2 is a bit unacceptable given it’s on a higher voltage architecture..

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      • Harry on Feb 23, 2024 at 2:27 pm

        Someone said “Based on charging, doesn’t really matter much as won’t take too long to charge this car, as reaches to nearly 100% battery charging status” which is true

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    • Muhammad on Feb 23, 2024 at 10:30 am

      I agree.. I would want to know the reason for them not to put 11kw DC on their most expensive car.

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      • Harry on Feb 23, 2024 at 2:27 pm

        Someone said “Based on charging, doesn’t really matter much as won’t take too long to charge this car, as reaches to nearly 100% battery charging status” which is true

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      • Because 11kW doesn’t require a complicated DC setup to generate. AC is sufficient.

        Those commenting as such don’t know that many older houses are still running a single phase system which almost prevents an 11kW charger tapping on to the grid as it draws almost 50amps, which means you need to turn off everything else in order to charge your 11kW car, or alternatively apply for TNB permission to have a substation built for you and then have 3 phase power, costing almost 10% of the car. Worth it? Your take.

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  • Celup King on Feb 22, 2024 at 12:45 pm

    For that pricing rather get X90 wei! And it too close to Accord/Camry prices too.

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    • Are you seriously comparing a BMW i4 competitor to your X90/Camry/Accord? lol.

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    • EV enthusiast on Feb 22, 2024 at 2:41 pm

      Accord is discontinued in Malaysia and Camry is 220k my friend, x90 is even a different type of vehicle.

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    • Ruslan Bahari on Feb 22, 2024 at 2:44 pm

      X90 is full EV? Wow I’m so misinformed!

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    • Can’t compare with X90 and this car. Both are different categories

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    • Vtec kick in yo on Feb 23, 2024 at 11:03 am

      This car speed is near super car porche dont compare with yapunis pls not even close . Bmw mercedes also goyang see this car ok

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    • Bruh, this car has near porsche 911 performance, it will smoke all the cars you mentioned

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  • Quite close pricing to BYD Atto 3, this shows that BYD Atto 3 is clearly overpriced.

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  • Nice

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  • The base spec with the asking price is quite competitive compared to model 3..maybe the adas is not up to par,7kw charging a bit of a bummer but u got quite sizable increase in battery size..u win some u lose some.20k off during sales later would make it more value for money

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    • Layerman on Feb 22, 2024 at 5:47 pm

      Based on charging, doesn’t really matter much as won’t take too long to charge this car, as reaches to nearly 100% battery charging status

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  • hi there on Feb 22, 2024 at 3:40 pm

    Shame they stuck with slow 7kW AC charging even for the top variant when 11kW is offered in other markets. Tesla Malaysia also offers 11kW for the top variant Model 3. 11kW would almost cut AC charging time in half over 7kW.

    Super conservative black on black on black interior also cheapens the interior imo. The Atto 3 bright interior is clearly accepted by consumers, and the upcoming Chery Omoda EV also has a bright interior.

    Either way, still a lot of car and performance for the money.

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    • Layerman on Feb 22, 2024 at 5:47 pm

      Based on charging, doesn’t really matter much as won’t take too long to charge this car, as reaches to nearly 100% battery charging status

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    • anonymous on Feb 23, 2024 at 1:09 pm

      exactly. like at least give an option for a different color scheme interior for those who don’t want boring black.

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  • BYD Seal = Thumbs Up

    Tesla Model 3 = Thumbs down

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  • Beuaty

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  • 7kW AC? That is ridikulus. With 800V architecture, it should be 22kW. I dont care for those who have single phase at home. I have 3-phase. It can (I’ve checked) support for 22kW.

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    • Layerman on Feb 22, 2024 at 5:45 pm

      Based on charging, doesn’t really matter much as won’t take too long to charge this car

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    • He Long Must on Feb 22, 2024 at 9:04 pm

      We acknowledge your home’s ability to support 3-phase 22kW but biyadi is targeting village folks living in wooden houses.
      Wood = highly flammable = wiring overload/short = inaccessible red earth roads by bomba = roast chicken = DISASTER

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  • CarAuto on Feb 23, 2024 at 12:32 am

    The interior looks over-design and too much stuffs going on.

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  • 800V benefits faster DC charging rather than AC. The Smart #1 is on 400V and already supports 22kW.

    That being said, it’s still embarrassing to see BYD quote 800V architecture but only accept 150kW. Meanwhile, Hyundai (350kW), Porsche (270kW), and even Tesla’s 400V (250kW) are all significantly quicker.

    But as usual with BYD, they resort to different reporting standard to make themselves look better. Most brands measure their charging speed from 10-80% and BYD uses 30-80% because…the number wouldn’t look very impressive if it was 10-80% compared to other 800V cars.

    If a brand needs to resort to different reporting standards vs their competition just to look better, you just can’t help but wonder what else is subpar that’s below the skin and not immediately noticeable to buyers.

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    • All the other 800v cars uses NMC battery, non using LFP. Perhaps its just LFP limitation

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  • minmax on Feb 23, 2024 at 8:33 am

    looks better than the dolphin and atto, but the weird interior continues…and this time it looks drab as well IMHO

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  • If only the interior is not like a toy car… Cherry do right with the interior..Interior is not just about big screens.. the steering wheel design and middle gearbox design is important to give the feel of what kind of car your are into and pay for.. Luckily BYD get rid of the guitar string at the door though..

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  • fur test on Feb 23, 2024 at 8:46 am

    RM199k for 3.8s acceleration.
    The most bang-for-bucks you can get right now.

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  • Komen alternatif on Feb 23, 2024 at 9:09 am

    All good but what about that annoying cabin alarm sound? Ting tong here ting tong there..

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  • I noticed my neighbor installed solar panels after buying an Atto. This seems like a good idea, so solar panel/EV charging companies should team up to offer both as a package for landed houses.

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  • Suka BYD ni….

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  • Don’t forget about the high (really high) EV roadtax after the exemption ends in 2025.

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  • obc7kw on Feb 28, 2024 at 10:10 am

    obc7kw single phase 82.5kw battery
    case study: charge at home soc frm 20% to 100%
    16A 17.9hours
    32A 9hours

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  • Kerel on Feb 28, 2024 at 7:33 pm

    7kw ac is wall charging is just too slow, take 15 hours for full charge

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    • Pro-Palestine on Feb 29, 2024 at 9:36 am

      Charge evryday for 8 hours la. BYD blade battery loves to be charged unlike other car battery. The more you charge the blade battery the healthier it gets

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  • Rehan on Mar 03, 2024 at 12:24 pm

    I like this. Imo it’s a beauty

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