BYD Atto 3

  • 2024 BYD Atto 3 in Malaysia – 1 variant only; new rear badge, 15.6-inch screen; 345 km EV range; RM149,800

    2024 BYD Atto 3 in Malaysia – 1 variant only; new rear badge, 15.6-inch screen; 345 km EV range; RM149,800

    Sime Darby Motors has updated the BYD Atto 3 for the 2024 model year, with changes being made to the electric vehicle’s variant line-up, design and kit list.

    Starting with the variant line-up, the 2024 Atto 3 is no longer offered in Extended Range guise (previously priced at RM168,430), leaving just a sole option (the variant formerly known as the Standard Range) available at an unchanged price of RM149,800 before on-road costs, or RM150,430 on-the-road without insurance.

    The powertrain remains the same too, with a front-mounted electric motor rated at 204 PS (201 hp or 150 kW) and 310 Nm of torque for a slightly slower 0-100 km/h time of 7.9 seconds. Powering the motor is a Blade lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery that is good for up to 410 km of range following the NEDC standard (345 km WLTP).

    For charging, the Atto 3 support a maximum AC input (Type 2) of 7 kW as well as a DC input (CCS2) of 70 kW, the latter capable of getting the battery from a 0-80% state of charge in 45 minutes. There’s also a vehicle-to-load (V2L) function to power other devices.

    In terms of design changes, the Atto 3 now comes with a black fin trim piece (previously white) on the rearmost pillars, while the ‘Build Your Dreams’ script on the tailgate has been replaced with the BYD logo – this was announced by the Chinese carmaker last year.

    Colour options have also been revised, with returning hues being Surf Blue, Ski White and Boulder Grey. There’s now a new Cosmos Black colour offered, but we bid farewell to Forest Green as well as Parkour Red.

    2024 BYD Atto 3 in Malaysia – 1 variant only; new rear badge, 15.6-inch screen; 345 km EV range; RM149,800

    On the mention of colours, the interior gets a new Black/Dark Blue theme as an alternative to Dark Blue/Light Grey (previously called Eclipse Blue/Hazy Grey). These themes are dependent on the exterior colour, with Black/Dark Blue being available with Cosmos Black or Boulder Grey, while Dark Blue/Light Grey is paired with Ski White and Surf Blue.

    As for equipment changes, the Atto 3’s rotating infotainment touchscreen has been enlarged to 15.6-inch diagonally from 12.8 inches previously. Compared to the previous spec sheet, the new-for-2024 Atto 3 also gains the previous Extended Range’s multi-colour ambient lighting system and wireless charging pad.

    Beyond these adjustments, the rest of the 2024 Atto 3’s kit list is the same as the pre-update Standard Range and includes 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, adaptive front lights, LED taillights, a powered panoramic sunroof, a five-inch digital instrument cluster, synthetic leather upholstery, automatic air-conditioning, Android Auto (wired) and Apple CarPlay (wireless) support, a six-speaker sound system, keyless entry and start and a CN95 air filter.

    2024 BYD Atto 3 spec sheet and price list; click to enlarge

    Safety and driver assistance systems are six airbags plus a centre side airbag, ABS, ESC, traction control, EBD, hill descent control, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree camera, brake auto hold, autonomous emergency braking, front collision warning, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, rear collision warning, blind spot monitoring, door open warning and rear cross traffic alert.

    Each purchase comes with a six-year, 150,000-km factory warranty and the Blade battery is covered for eight years or 160,000 km. There’s another separate warranty for the drive unit – eight years or 150,000 km for the motor, motor controller, DC assembly and electric control assembly.

    Customers can also opt to purchase Standard or Plus service packages, the former priced from RM1,688 to RM4,888 with coverage of between three years or 60,000 km up to eight years or 160,000 km. The latter includes more service items and is offered in six-year, 120,000-km or eight-year, 160,000-km options priced at either RM11,688 or RM17,688.

    GALLERY: 2024 BYD Atto 3 brochure

     
     
  • BYD Atto 3 Anniversary Limited Edition launched in Malaysia – EV gets new exterior styling kit, RM173,888

    BYD Atto 3 Anniversary Limited Edition launched in Malaysia – EV gets new exterior styling kit, RM173,888

    Sime Darby Beyond Auto has introduced the BYD Atto 3 Anniversary Limited Edition, a 500-unit limited run of the all-electric SUV to celebrate the brand’s first anniversary in the country. There are no mechanical changes, with the LE – which is based on an Atto 3 Extended Range variant – simply getting cosmetic enhancements courtesy of an exclusive body kit package.

    Available in a choice of Boulder Grey or Ski White exterior colours, the Anniversary LE dresses up the Atto 3 with a new front bumper lip, front bumper panels, black side mirror covers, a rear spoiler, side step panels and a rear diffuser. Additionally, the side window frames on the LE have been de-chromed, as has the C-pillar panel cover.

    Launched exactly a year ago, the Atto 3 is available in two variant forms, these being a Standard Range with a 49.92 kWh battery offering 410 km of range (NEDC, 345 km WLTP) and an Extended Range with a 60.48 kWh battery, rated for 480 km (NEDC, 420 km WLTP).

    BYD Atto 3 Anniversary Limited Edition launched in Malaysia – EV gets new exterior styling kit, RM173,888

    Both battery versions feature the same powertrain, in this case a front-mounted electric motor rated at 204 PS and 310 Nm, which gets the EV to 100 km/h from standstill in 7.3 seconds.

    The Atto 3 is built on 400V architecture and supports AC charging (Type 2) up to 7 kW as well as DC fast charging (CCS2), the latter at a maximum rate of either 70 kW (SR) or 80 kW (ER). At the higher input rate, a 0-80% state of charge can be reached in 45 minutes.

    Inside, everything remains as it is, from the 12.8-inch rotating central touchscreen – which offers either landscape or portrait view of the display – and panoramic sunroof to the faux leather seats, auto-air conditioning and 360-degree camera.

    On top of this, the Atto 3 Extended Range features an electronic tailgate, an eight-speaker audio system with “Dirac HD” sound, a PM 2.5 air filter as well as a wireless phone charger. The variant, which rides on 18-inch wheels wrapped with 215/55 profile tyres, also comes with multi-colour gradient rhythmic ambient lighting on the door handle, up from the single colour on the Standard Range.

    The BYD Atto 3 Anniversary Limited Edition makes its debut at an introductory price of RM173,800, and will be available for viewing at the BYD 1st Anniversary: Beyond Dreams Celebration event at Bukit Kiara Indoor Arena this weekend. Sales of the LE have begun, with the company saying that initial deliveries to customers are scheduled to begin in early 2024.

     
     
  • BYD Atto 3 Standard Range – the EV’s RM150k entry level variant detailed, compared with Extended Range

    BYD Atto 3 Standard Range – the EV’s RM150k entry level variant detailed, compared with Extended Range

    Why are we featuring the BYD Atto 3 now? Wasn’t it launched some time back? Yes, but base models are hard to come by. Typically, brands only showcase the top variants and buyers also love the higher spec cars, which are way more common on the road. This is the first time we’re up close with the BYD Atto 3 Standard Range, the RM149,800 entry variant of the EV.

    BYD SD Motors Malaysia is selling two variants of the Atto 3, the Standard Range with a 49.92 kWh battery offering 410 km of range (NEDC, 345 km WLTP), and the Extended Range with a 60.48 kWh battery, rated for 480 km (NEDC, 420 km WLTP). The SR you see here is priced at a shade below RM150k, while the ER will set you back RM167,800 on-the-road excluding insurance.

    Both batteries are connected to a front-mounted electric motor rated at 204 PS/310 Nm. 0-100 km/h acceleration is 7.3 seconds for both. This means that only range and kit separates SR and ER.

    BYD Atto 3 Standard Range – the EV’s RM150k entry level variant detailed, compared with Extended Range

    The Atto 3 is built on 400V architecture and supports AC charging (Type 2) up to 7 kW as well as DC fast charging (CCS2), the latter at a max rate of either 70 kW (SR) or 80 kW (ER). At the higher input rate, 0-80% state of charge can be reached in 45 minutes. The car has a V2L function to power other devices.

    Speaking of batteries, the Atto 3’s Blade Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery, made in-house by BYD, is a differentiating factor compared to other EVs on the market. Its benefits isn’t just in theory, but they come into play daily via maximum usable range – watch our video review for the full explanation.

    Entry it may be, but equipment wise, the Atto 3 SR is very well-stacked. It comes with a (very big) panoramic sunroof, heated electric wing mirrors, 5.0-inch digital instrument panel, faux leather seats, six-way powered driver’s seat (four-way for passenger), 360-degree camera, tyre pressure monitor, electronic parking brake with auto hold, LED headlamps and rear lights and adaptive front lights.

    BYD Atto 3 Standard Range – the EV’s RM150k entry level variant detailed, compared with Extended Range

    Also on are auto air con and an NFC key card (wave at wing mirrors). Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is wireless – the former is onboard now while AA will be available in Q2 2023. You’ll also get a built-in dashcam (not a separate camera stuck on the windscreen) and six speakers. The Atto 3 cabin’s party piece – a 12.8-inch rotating central touchscreen where you can choose between landscape or portrait via a button – is standard across.

    What’s left for the ER then? The costlier car (by RM18k) adds on an electronic tailgate, multi-colour gradient rhythmic ambient lighting on the door handles (single colour on the SR) and eight speakers with “Dirac HD” sound, PM 2.5 air filter, wireless phone charger and 18-inch wheels with 215/55 rubber. The SR’s 17-inch wheels are smaller and have a more conventional design – it’s the only way to tell SR from ER from the outside.

    Safety wise, there are no differences between variants. The five-star Euro NCAP rated EV gets six airbags plus an centre side airbag for the driver (inside shoulder), full ADAS with stop and go for the ACC and door open warning are standard. Isofix child seat mounts are on the two outer rear seats and front passenger seat, for three in total.

    So there you have it, the BYD Atto 3 Standard Range, which loses 70 km of range and a few luxuries for RM18k less. Perhaps that’s not a huge sum for those considering EVs, which is why we’ll continue to see more of the Extended Range on the road, even though the SR is well-kitted. What’s your take? Check out our full review of the BYD Atto 3, possibly the most important new EV to be launched in Malaysia so far.

    GALLERY: BYD Atto 3 Standard Range

    GALLERY: BYD Atto 3 Extended Range

     
     
  • 2023 BYD Atto 3 full review – most important and best value EV launched in Malaysia so far, from RM150k

    2023 BYD Atto 3 full review – most important and best value EV launched in Malaysia so far, from RM150k

    The BYD Atto 3 is quite possibly the most important new EV to be launched in Malaysia. If you’re looking to buy your first EV, this is – without a doubt – your best option right now. Those are the words of Hafriz Shah, who is very impressed by the latest EV to hit our market. Of course, he knows what he’s talking about, having tested every EV to be launched here so far.

    What about the Atto 3 that’s so impressive? What’s the real world range? And what’s the catch? Of course there’s a catch, which you’ll find out in this full review of BYD’s first product for Malaysia.

    Launched by BYD SD Motors Malaysia (BYD SDM, part of Sime Darby Motors) in December, we get two variants of the Atto 3, the Standard Range with a 49.92 kWh battery offering 410 km of range (NEDC, 345 km WLTP), and the Extended Range with a 60.48 kWh battery, rated for 480 km (NEDC, 420 km WLTP). The SR is priced at RM149,800 while the ER will set you back RM167,800, on-the-road excluding insurance.

    The batteries are connected to a front-mounted electric motor rated at 204 PS/310 Nm. 0-100 km/h acceleration is 7.3 seconds for both. This means that only range and kit separates SR and ER.

    The Atto 3 is built on 400V architecture and supports AC charging (Type 2) up to 7 kW as well as DC fast charging (CCS2), the latter at a max rate of either 70 kW (SR) or 80 kW (ER). At the higher input rate, 0-80% state of charge can be reached in 45 minutes. The car has a V2L function to power other devices.

    Speaking of batteries, the Atto 3’s Blade Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery, made in-house by BYD, is a differentiating factor compared to other EVs on the market. Its benefits isn’t just in theory, but they come into play daily via usable range – full explanation in the video.

    2023 BYD Atto 3 full review – most important and best value EV launched in Malaysia so far, from RM150k

    By the way, if you’re wondering about the Atto 3’s size, it’s larger than a Proton X50. At 4,455 mm long and 1,875 wide, the BYD EV is 125 mm longer than Proton’s B-segment SUV, and 75 mm wider. The Atto 3’s 2,720 mm wheelbase is 120 mm longer than the X50’s. The EV’s 440L boot is 110L larger than the our ICE benchmark. What do you think of the design? We think it looks neat and has some cool details, but pretty generic.

    But that’s before you get into the wild cabin, which is so wacky that you might think you’re in an experimental concept car. Certainly not the inoffensive crossover you saw earlier. Dashboard shaped after muscles, guitar strings as door pockets, twist-to-open door handles and a blue-white-red theme means it’s a cabin you’ll either love or hate. If you hate it, why la so serious?

    We haven’t even mentioned the cabin’s party piece – the 12.8-inch rotating central touchscreen where you can choose between landscape or portrait via a button. The Atto 3’s seats are also among the most comfortable chairs we’ve ever sat in, EV or ICE, at any price.

    Equipment wise, the Atto 3 SR comes with a (very big) panoramic sunroof, heated electric wing mirrors, 5.0-inch digital instrument panel, faux leather seats, six-way powered driver’s seat (four-way for passenger), 360-degree camera, tyre pressure monitor, electronic parking brake with auto hold, LED headlamps and rear lights and adaptive front lights.

    Also on are auto air con and an NFC key card (wave at wing mirrors). Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is wireless – the former is onboard now while AA will be available in Q2 2023. You’ll also get a built-in dashcam (not a separate camera stuck on the windscreen) and six speakers.

    The ER adds on an electronic tailgate, multi-colour gradient rhythmic ambient lighting on the door handles (single colour on the SR) and eight speakers with “Dirac HD” sound, PM 2.5 air filter and a wireless phone charger. From the outside, the ER you see here can be differentiated by its 18-inch wheels (215/55). The SR rides on 215/60 R17 rubber.

    Safety wise, it’s very comprehensive on this five-star Euro NCAP rated car, and both SR and ER get the same kit. Six airbags plus an centre side airbag for the driver (inside shoulder), full ADAS with stop and go for the ACC and door open warning are standard. Isofix child seat mounts are on the two outer rear seats and front passenger seat, for three in total.

    It’s some car, the BYD Atto 3 – watch the review and tell us what you think.

     
     
  • BYD Atto 3 Extended Range – RM167,800 in Malaysia

    BYD Atto 3 Extended Range – RM167,800 in Malaysia

    Launched for the Malaysian market last week, the BYD Atto 3 fully electric crossover arrived in our market with two variants on offer, the Standard Range priced at RM149,800, and the Extended Range at RM167,800. Here, we now have a comprehensive, live gallery of the EV SUV in Extended Range guise.

    The former is the base variant that is specified with a 49.92 kWh battery that is rated for 410 km of range on the NEDC test cycle (345 km WLTP), while the latter is the higher specification variant that brings a 60.48 kWh battery, offering 480 km of battery range on the NEDC cycle (420 km WLTP).

    Both variants of the Atto 3 are powered by a 204 PS/310 Nm electric motor that drives the front wheels, enabling a 0-100 km/h time of 7.3 seconds. Its 400-volt electrical architecture supports AC charging up to 7 kW, and DC charging at up to 70 kW for the Standard Range, or 80 kW in the case of the Extended Range variant seen here. At the 80 kW charging rate, a 0-80% state of charge can be achieved in 45 minutes.

    Both variants feature V2L capability to power external devices. Externally, 18-inch wheels on 215/55 tyres help identify the Extended Range variant, whereas the Standard Range ride on 17-inch units. The Extended Range also gets a powered tailgate.

    Infotainment is by a 12.8-inch intelligent rotating touch screen, supporting wireless Android Auto (available from Q2 2023) and wired Apple CarPlay. The centre console and rear quarters each get one USB-C and one USB-A port, while there is also a wireless phone charger exclusive to the Extended Range.

    In addition to the standard equipment list, the Extended Range is distinguished by additional kit such as multi-colour gradient rhythmic ambient lighting on the door handles (this is of a single colour on the Standard Range), an eight-speaker audio system (six on the SR), PM2.5 air filter and a wireless phone charger. Upholstery here on the Extended Range, as on the SR, is synthetic leather.

    Safety equipment is the same no matter which variant of the Atto 3 you choose, and this consists of six airbags plus an centre side airbag for the driver (inside shoulder), full ADAS with stop and go for the ACC along with door opening warning as standard. he two outer rear seats get Isofix child seat anchors.

    Boulder Grey is the exterior colour applied to the Extended Range example in our photographs here, and is part of a palette that also includes Ski White, Forest Green, Parkour Red and Surf Blue.

    Factory warranty coverage for the BYD Atto 3 is six years or 150,000 km, while its Blade EV battery gets a separate warranty that is for eight years or 160,000 km. The drive assembly gets yet another warranty, which is for eight years of 150,000 km which covers the motor, motor controller, DC assembly and electric control assembly.

    Like what you see so far of the BYD Atto 3 Extended Range? There’s more in the gallery below, do check it out.

     
     
  • BYD Atto 3 EV walk-around video tour, from RM149.8k

    BYD Atto 3 EV walk-around video tour, from RM149.8k

    The BYD Atto 3, launched yesterday as the first model of the Chinese EV specialist in Malaysia, is quite some car for RM150k. The exterior design is modern and neat, but it’s the SUV’s cabin that has the most fascination points. From its highly sculpted muscly dashboard to the twist door handles and “guitar strings” door pockets – the Atto 3 has a certain wow factor.

    And that’s before you adjust the air con hoops, rotate the centre touchscreen from landscape to portrait, and sink into those super comfy seats. There’s more, as you’ll see in the walk-around video below. In it, Hafriz Shah – a man who has experienced plenty of cars – shows his surprise as he points out the BYD’s unique touches.

    Official distributor BYD SD Motors Malaysia (BYD SDM, part of Sime Darby Motors) is offering two variants of the Atto 3, the Standard Range with a 49.92 kWh battery offering 410 km of range (NEDC, 345 km WLTP), and the Extended Range with a 60.48 kWh battery, rated for 480 km (NEDC, 420 km WLTP).

    The SR is priced at RM149,800 while the ER will set you back RM167,800. Prices for this CBU EV are duty exempted, on-the-road excluding insurance. The final prices are slightly lower than the pre-booking estimates of RM150k and RM170k. A “Grand Launch Special” introductory package adds on a free portable home charger, free V2L extension cable and RM1,000 worth of public charging credit.

    Both in-house Blade EV batteries are connected to a front-mounted electric motor rated at 204 PS/310 Nm. 0-100 km/h acceleration is 7.3 seconds for both. This means that only range and kit separates SR and ER.

    The Atto 3 is built on 400V architecture and supports AC charging (Type 2) up to 7 kW as well as DC fast charging (CCS2), the latter at a max rate of either 70 kW (SR) or 80 kW (ER). At the higher input rate, 0-80% state of charge can be reached in 45 minutes. The car has a V2L function to power other devices.

    BYD Atto 3 EV walk-around video tour, from RM149.8k

    By the way, if you’re wondering about the Atto 3’s size, it’s larger than a Proton X50. At 4,455 mm long and 1,875 wide, the BYD EV is 125 mm longer than Proton’s B-segment SUV, and 75 mm wider. The Atto 3’s 2,720 mm wheelbase is 120 mm longer than the X50’s. The EV’s 440L boot is 110L larger than the our ICE benchmark. By the way, the 1,750 kg ER is 70 kg heavier than the SR.

    Equipment wise, the Atto 3 SR comes with a panoramic sunroof, heated electric wing mirrors, 5.0-inch digital instrument panel, faux leather seats, six-way powered driver’s seat (four-way for passenger), 360-degree camera, tyre pressure monitor, electronic parking brake with auto hold, LED headlamps and rear lights and adaptive front lights.

    Also on are a 12.8-inch rotating touchscreen (landscape or portrait, not angle), auto air con and an NFC key card (wave at wing mirrors). Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is wireless – the former is onboard now while AA will be available in Q2 2023. Spotify is already present, though. You’ll also get a built-in dashcam and six speakers.

    The ER adds on an electronic tailgate, multi-colour gradient rhythmic ambient lighting on the door handles (single colour on the SR) and eight speakers with “Dirac HD” sound, PM2.5 air filter and a wireless phone charger. From the outside, the ER can be differentiated by its 18-inch wheels and 215/55 Batman tyres. Yes, Batman. The SR rides on 215/60 R17 rubber.

    Safety wise, it’s very comprehensive on this five-star Euro NCAP rated car, and both SR and ER get the same kit. Six airbags plus an centre side airbag for the driver (inside shoulder), full ADAS with stop and go for the ACC and door open warning are standard. Isofix child seat mounts are on the two outer rear seats.

    So, what do you think of the BYD Atto 3? Rivals in the entry-level full EV arena are the Hyundai Kona Electric (RM156k to RM208k) and perhaps the base 58 kWh Lite version of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 (RM207k). Great Wall Motors’ Ora Good Cat was launched last month, priced from RM139,800 to RM169,800. Older EV names that have been somewhat forgotten include the latest Renault Zoe (RM163k) and the OG of EVs, the Nissan Leaf.

    Click to enlarge spec sheet

    Once again, the Atto 3 starts from RM149,800 for the Standard Range while the Extended Range goes for RM167,800. The factory warranty is six years or 150,000 km, while the in-house LFP Blade EV battery’s separate warranty is for eight years or 160,000 km. There’s another separate warranty for the drive unit – eight years or 150,000 km for the motor, motor controller, DC assembly and electric control assembly.

    Lastly, there are five colours – Ski White, Boulder Grey, Forest Green, Parkour Red and the signature Surf Blue in the video – and the interior is in a breezy Eclipse Blue/Hazy Grey combo.

    The BYD Grand Launch event is open to the public from today till Sunday, and you can come over and experience the Atto 3 for yourself, as well as BYD’s tech showcase. Details here. The Seal and Dolphin EVs, which are set for a late-2023 debut, are also in the big white dome. Click the links to read more.

    GALLERY: BYD Atto 3 Extended Range

     
     
  • BYD Atto 3 EV officially launched in Malaysia – 49.92 or 60.48 kWh, up to 480 km range, from RM149,800

    BYD Atto 3 EV officially launched in Malaysia – 49.92 or 60.48 kWh, up to 480 km range, from RM149,800

    The BYD brand is now officially launched in Malaysia, and the Chinese EV specialist is having a full weekend of activities and test drives at Bandar Malaysia in KL. The first model for BYD here and the star of the show is the BYD Atto 3, a fully electric crossover that was just unveiled by new MITI minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz.

    Official distributor BYD SD Motors Malaysia (BYD SDM, part of Sime Darby Motors) is offering two variants of the Atto 3, the Standard Range with a 49.92 kWh battery offering 410 km of range (NEDC, 345 km WLTP), and the Extended Range with a 60.48 kWh battery, rated for 480 km (NEDC, 420 km WLTP).

    The SR is priced at RM149,800 while the ER will set you back RM167,800. Prices for this CBU EV are duty exempted, on-the-road excluding insurance. The final prices are slightly lower than the pre-booking estimates of RM150k and RM170k. A “Grand Launch Special” introductory package adds on a free portable home charger, free V2L extension cable and RM1,000 worth of public charging credit.

    BYD Atto 3 EV officially launched in Malaysia – 49.92 or 60.48 kWh, up to 480 km range, from RM149,800

    Both in-house Blade EV batteries are connected to a front-mounted electric motor rated at 204 PS/310 Nm. 0-100 km/h acceleration is 7.3 seconds for both. This means that only range and kit separates SR and ER.

    The Atto 3 is built on 400V architecture and supports AC charging (Type 2) up to 7 kW as well as DC fast charging (CCS2), the latter at a max rate of either 70 kW (SR) or 80 kW (ER). At the higher input rate, 0-80% state of charge can be reached in 45 minutes. The car has a V2L function to power other devices.

    By the way, if you’re wondering about the Atto 3’s size, it’s larger than a Proton X50. At 4,455 mm long and 1,875 wide, the BYD EV is 125 mm longer than Proton’s B-segment SUV, and 75 mm wider. The Atto 3’s 2,720 mm wheelbase is 120 mm longer than the X50’s. The EV’s 440L boot is 110L larger than the our ICE benchmark. By the way, the 1,750 kg ER is 70 kg heavier than the SR.

    BYD Atto 3 EV officially launched in Malaysia – 49.92 or 60.48 kWh, up to 480 km range, from RM149,800

    Equipment wise, the Atto 3 SR comes with a panoramic sunroof, heated electric wing mirrors, 5.0-inch digital instrument panel, faux leather seats, six-way powered driver’s seat (four-way for passenger), 360-degree camera, tyre pressure monitor, electronic parking brake with auto hold, LED headlamps and rear lights and adaptive front lights.

    Also on are a 12.8-inch rotating touchscreen (landscape or portrait, not angle), auto air con and an NFC key card (wave at wing mirrors). Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is wireless – the former is onboard now while AA will be available in Q2 2023. Spotify is already present, though. You’ll also get a built-in dashcam and six speakers.

    The ER adds on an electronic tailgate, multi-colour gradient rhythmic ambient lighting on the door handles (single colour on the SR) and eight speakers with “Dirac HD” sound, PM2.5 air filter and a wireless phone charger. From the outside, the ER can be differentiated by its 18-inch wheels (215/55). The SR rides on 215/60 R17 rubber.

    BYD Atto 3 EV officially launched in Malaysia – 49.92 or 60.48 kWh, up to 480 km range, from RM149,800

    Safety wise, it’s very comprehensive on this five-star Euro NCAP rated car, and both SR and ER get the same kit. Six airbags plus an centre side airbag for the driver (inside shoulder), full ADAS with stop and go for the ACC and door open warning are standard. Isofix child seat mounts are on the two outer rear seats.

    So, what do you think of the BYD Atto 3? Rivals in the entry-level full EV arena are the Hyundai Kona Electric (RM156k to RM208k) and perhaps the base 58 kWh Lite version of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 (RM207k). Great Wall Motors’ Ora Good Cat was launched last month, priced from RM139,800 to RM169,800. Older EV names that have been somewhat forgotten include the latest Renault Zoe (RM163k) and the OG of EVs, the Nissan Leaf.

    Once again, the Atto 3 starts from RM149,800 for the Standard Range while the Extended Range goes for RM167,800. The factory warranty is six years or 150,000 km, while the Blade EV battery’s separate warranty is for eight years or 160,000 km. There’s another separate warranty for the drive unit – eight years or 150,000 km for the motor, motor controller, DC assembly and electric control assembly.

    Click to enlarge spec sheet

    Lastly, there are five colours – Ski White, Boulder Grey, Forest Green, Parkour Red and the signature Surf Blue – and the interior is in an Eclipse Blue/Hazy Grey combo.

    The BYD Grand Launch event is open to the public from tomorrow till Sunday, and you can come over and experience the Atto 3 for yourself, as well as BYD’s tech showcase. Details here. The Seal and Dolphin EVs, which are set for a late-2023 debut, are also in the house. Click the links to read more.