BYD stands for Build Your Dreams, which is a Chinese automobile manufacturer, that came into automotive inception in the year 2002. The brand has recently arrived in Philippines and has now come up with a challenger to the compact family car segment in the country under the moniker BYD L3. The L3 sedan is a perfect amalgamation of style, elegance and practicality into a sporty family sedan. The car is loaded with a variety of features from variable valve lift and timing technology to the key-less operations. The car is all primed up to woo the auto enthusiasts in the Philippines car market with its acute handling and great fuel economy.
Engine, mileage and variants
The L3 Sedan is powered by a 16 valve SOHC 1.5-litre engine coupled with the variable valve lift (VVL) and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) technology. This allows the L3 to meet the power requirements along with excellent fuel efficiency. The 1.5-litre engine under the hood churns out a peak power of 107 hp at 5800 rpm along with a maximum torque of 145 Nm at 4800 rpm. This immense power allows the L3 to easily hit a top speed mark of 170 kmph while delivering a fuel efficiency of 16 kmpl under standard conditions.
BYD has done complete justice to the car in terms of its exterior designing. The car features a sporty front fascia with perfectly chiseled front fog lamps. The front design is also powered up by a chrome radiator grill embedded with a BYD emblem. Besides that, the side profile gets dynamic body lines and stylish alloy wheels for a spell bounding silhouette. The overall dimensions of the L3 measure 4568 mm x 1716 mm x 1480 mm (L X W X H) along with a wheelbase counting to 2615 mm. along with these measurements are 15-inch alloy wheels and 195/60 R15 tires which complement the exterior in the most impressive manner. The OVRM side mirrors compliment the overall front design of the vehicle.
The interiors of the BYD L3 are perfectly crafted to meet all family needs with ergonomic controls and comfortable seating. L3 comes in two-tone interior with dark gray and beige. The car has a four-spoke steering wheel that is pre-loaded with audio control over it for enhanced ergonomics. The central console of the car features a 7-inch 2-DIN multi-media system that has AM/FM, DVD and CD player, USB and AUX features. The L3 boasts a spacious cabin to easily accommodate five passengers with ample of leg and headroom. Apart from these, the car also features centralized 4-door control, HM control panel and optional navigation system.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
BYD has completely taken care the safety front of this car. The car comes with a unique impact protection offering twin SRS airbags and 3-point seatbelts for all five passengers. On the braking front, the car features Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) that is highly efficient to stop the speeding car in adverse conditions. Apart from this, the L3 is also loaded with Variable Multiple Power-Steering, Hydraulic assistance that variably decreases as the vehicle accelerates, enhancing the steering inputs and making the handling more precise at higher speeds.
The L3 can be summed up as a complete sporty family sedan that can be used for city traffic as well as outdoor escapades. The car features efficient interior ergonomics along with world class comfort to accommodate 5 people. With a filled boot of features BYD F3 Sedan is all geared up for the Philippines auto market.