The BYD Atto 3 electric SUV was unveiled in India ahead of its official launch in 2023. Vehicle reservations began in January 2023 with the first 500 units expected to be available. The Atto 3 was exhibited worldwide in 2021 and is BYDs’ second. Private market vehicles for India. Unlike many models sold in international markets that come with two battery packs, the version sold in India only comes with a larger 60.48 kWh battery pack. Customers can choose from four color options and a single all-wheel drive powertrain configuration.
Exterior, with BYD’s ‘Dragon Face 3.0’ design theme, this new crossover has a distinctive exterior design with curved lines on both the front and sides. Dominating the front are large chrome grilles with LED headlamps, DRLs and sporty bumpers. On the sides are 18-inch wheels (with 215/55 R18 tires) and a forward-sloping roofline. Highlights at the rear are the integrated tail lamps and the large ‘Build Your Dreams’ logo on the trunk lid. Atto 3 has the largest wheelbase of any electric SUV under Rs 30 lakh at 2720mm. This includes EV SUVs such as the Tata Nexon Prime/Max, Mahindra XUV400, MG ZS EV and Hyundai Kona Electric.
The BYD Atto 3 has a keyless entry-and-go feature, but you can choose to use a portable keycard instead of a traditional key fob. Inside, the cabin is equally whimsical with the unusual shape of the dashboard, AC vents, door handles and speakers. Multi-colored ambient lighting is provided to add to the quaintness of the room, and the system parts on the door handles change color to the rhythm of the music played through the multimedia system.
Dominating the dashboard is the 12.8-inch display that can be rotated from a horizontal position to a vertical position with the push of a button. The vertical position should make it easier to use the navigation system while on the move. The system will be compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto via over-the-air update until the end of March 2023.
The list of features includes a panoramic sunroof, climate control, electric front seats (driver’s seat is 6-way adjustable, front passenger is 4-way electrically adjustable), one-touch electronically retractable tailgate and ADAS range. The safety front features seven airbags, ABS, ESP, heel hold assist, a 360-degree camera and six radars for the ADAS system.
The ADAS family consists of features such as adaptive cruise control with full speed and stop and go function, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, rear collision warning, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and rear crossing. Traffic Alerts and Prevention.
As mentioned earlier, the Atto 3 comes with a larger 60.48 kWh battery pack in India, with an ARAI testing range of 521 km. The battery pack is BYD’s blade battery and can also be used for vehicle loading functions. This provides a power output of up to 3.3 kW, which can be used to run larger appliances that typically plug into a 15A wall socket, such as refrigerators and washing machines.
As part of a promotional package for the first 500 customers, the asking price of the Atto 3 includes a faster 7kW home charger, installation cost and a 3kW portable charger. The Type 2, 7kW home charger can charge an SUV to 0-100% SOC in 9.5 to 10 hours, while the 80kW DC CCS 2 fast charger charges 0-80% SOC in just 50 minutes.
The electric motor that powers the front wheels produces 201bhp/310Nm and is mated to a single-speed transmission. Despite a curb weight of 1.7 tonnes, the Atto 3 has a 0-100 km/h reach of 7.3 seconds, making it one of the fastest accelerating vehicles in the Rs 30 lakh EV segment.
We expect BYD to price the Atto 3 in the Rs 20 lakh to Rs 25 lakh range, on par with vehicles such as the Tata Nexon EV, Mahindra XUV400, Honda City e: HEV, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara Hybrid and Toyota Urban. do. Cruiser hybrid of electric and hybrid rigs.