HBYD has recently created quite a bit of noise around its name mainly for economic and technical reasons and for its tug-of-war with Tesla as well as for the process of starting its representation in the Greek market. Beyond the temporary titles, BYD is already active in almost 20 countries in Europe with three models and of course continues to enrich its range in its headquarters, the vast Chinese market.
One of its latest premieres on the Chinese market but with a clear European interest is the BYD Yuan Up, a small purely electric SUV positioned below the Atto 3 known in Europe and precisely because of its size it would be a potentially ideal proposition for Europe where, when available is expected to adopt the more “friendly” name for European data and habits Atto 2.
The first images released on Chinese social media reveal a careful design with an emphasis on details such as the intricate patterns of the taillights, the characteristic low body side guards, the hidden handles and the embossed bumpers. According to the recommendations, the Atto 2 is 4.31 m long, 1.8 m wide and 1.675 m high with a wheelbase of 2.62 m, similar dimensions to the smart #1.
The interior follows a more conventional design, although it has all the digital conveniences that the era requires, dominated by the full digital instrument panel and the large screen for infotainment. Lower on the center console stands out the rotary dial made of crystal as well as the side handles inspired by the most hardcore off-roaders.
As far as the technical characteristics are concerned, BYD currently announces a power of 95 and 176 hp from a front-mounted electric motor available in these two grades which is powered by a lithium iron phosphate battery like the Atto 3 and Dolphin already known in Europe. The starting point for the model is the e-Platform 3.0 where the above batteries follow a “Blade” layout, i.e. they are a structural element of the frame.