Updated On: 21 October 2021 Yatharth Chauhan
With an aggressive approach towards faster adoption of EVs, India is suddenly a lucrative playground for many electric vehicle manufacturers. The last Auto Expo gave us a glimpse of the EVs that could be headed our way but the pandemic did turn out to be a major dampener to everyones plans. Now, though, things look brighter and the delays notwithstanding, automakers are fast getting back on track to introduce their new offerings. One such model thats headed our way in the foreseeable future is the 2021 BYD e6 Electric MPV that was first spotted in April this year and now, has been spied by us in an electric blue shade in Delhi-NCR.
In a segment hugely dominated by the Toyota Innova Crysta at one end and the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga at other, the BYD e6 would make quite a case for itself with an electric powerplant and, of course, running costs that could give its fossil fuel-sipping rivals some sleepless nights. The first few batches of this vehicle will be brought to our shores via the CBU (Completely Built Unit) route that enables carmakers to import up to 2,500 units without the requirement of homologation. For the uninitiated, BYD is a Chinese carmaker that has shareholdings in General Motors as well as Berkshire Hathaway.
The first generation of the BYD e6 debuted in 2010 and was replaced by the second-gen model not too long ago. Compared to its predecessor, the latest version is more stylish and doesnt look slab-sided like its earlier iteration. Theres an abundance of chrome trim on the front as well as the back, while the front bumper even features a sporty skirt and faux air vents. The raking roofline along with the blacked-out pillars helps the MPV avoid looking boring like its predecessor.
Inside, the second generation BYD e6 comes loaded to the gills with advanced features like an XL-size 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system that can be rotated by 90-degree to toggle between landscape and portrait modes, 6-way electrically adjustable front seats, electronic parking brake, four airbags, traction control, hill start assist, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and ABS with EBD.
In all likelihood, the BYD e6 MPV for India will feature a 41kWh Blade battery pack that will energize an electric motor to produce a maximum power of 136bhp and offer a driving range of almost 500km on a full charge. In comparison, the earlier generation model offered only 121bhp with a maximum driving range of roughly 400km. The e-MPV will be sold with a DC fast charger that will be capable of replenishing the battery from 0 to 100 per cent in just 90 minutes. Expected to cost roughly Rs 30 lakh (ex-showroom), the new model will make for an interesting alternative to the Toyota Innova Crysta.
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