BYD Qin Review
Coming from the fleet of Chinese auto producer, the Qin joins the league of a hybrid sports sedan in the country, which is developed under the “Green Mobility” vision of the brand. The sports sedan is spectacular from the outside and underpins an exceptional turbocharged engine that combines nicely with the electric motor to produce extraordinary performance figures. It can also run independently with the help of an engine or an electric motor. Along with the great performance numbers, it has a striking appeal and is loaded with a range of technology as well as safety features. It comes with great interiors that have an elegant feel along with the peculiar styling.
Engine, mileage & variants
Under the flesh, it is available in two options, turbocharged engine as well as the option of an electric motor. The four-cylinder turbocharged 1.5-litre direct-injection engine can pump out a max power of 152 hp and a peak torque of 240 Nm. While the powerful electric motor is potent for 147 hp and a peak torque of 250 Nm. Combining the two would yield out the enormous power of 291 hp alongside the peak torque of 479 Nm. The engine is coupled to a 6-speed automatic DCT gearbox that will transfer power to the front wheels of the car. Talking about its fuel economy, it delivers a mileage of 62.5 kmpl while is quite commendable for any family drive.
On the outside, it renders a clean finish with a well-proportioned body. Its front end is adhered with a pair of sharp headlamps that are nicely swept-backed, a thick chrome slat over the front grille and round fog lamps lower down the bumper. Its side profile gets a richer feel with the presence of electronically-operated ORVMs with a camera and welcome/indicator lights. Further, enhancing its sporty character are the 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels. The rear end gets a set of wrap-around tail lamps which are connected to a reflector giving the sedan a unique yet a nice ending. Overall exterior dimensions measure 4740 mm x 1770 mm x 1480 mm (L x W x H) and a wheelbase of 2670 mm.
Inside the cabin, it features an elegant black colored interior with peculiar styling in addition to red inserts at the dash and door panels. The red tone highlights are carried over to the seats as well in the form of stitching. Further, it gets features like cruise control, multi-function steering wheel, ten-way power adjustable driver seat, anti-glare rear view mirror, the multi-information display that serves basis for multimedia system and navigation system. The seats are covered in premium quality leather while the rear seats get an advantage of audio controls. The audio system comes with the Bluetooth connectivity that allows the user to connect his/her mobile phone with the audio system.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
Safety aspect has also been given importance while developing the sedan by the Chinese auto manufacturer. As, it comes equipped with a range of safety features like ten airbags, three-point seatbelts for all the passengers, front as well as rear. Adding to the list are the Anti-Lock Braking System with EBD (Electronic Braking Distribution), electronic parking brake system, Hill Start assist and energy absorbing steering column. The rigid body structure of the sedan acts as a protective layer in case of unwanted collisions or accidents helping in enhancing the safety of the occupants.
Loaded with sublime features, technology as well as safety, this Chinese hybrid sports sedan holds the potential to outclass its fierce competitors in terms of performance, design and safety.