- The BYD Atto 3 will only reach consumers by January 2023
- BYD said it will reveal the official pricing of the new EV by December this year
- The Indian version of the Atto 3 will only be available in a solitary 60 kWh model
Following months of speculation, BYD has unveiled the Atto 3 electric car in India. While the EV’s hardware is barely a secret at this point, the manufacturer has shed more light on its availability. Unfortunately, BYD said it will only share pricing information in December, while it will be available shortly after. Interested customers can book the Atto 3 from the company’s website by paying a fee of Rs 50,000.
The manufacturer will launch the EV in India through the CKD route, short for Completely Knocked Down. Unsurprisingly, the Atto 3 shares most of its hardware with its global variant, barring some minor changes.
BYD Atto 3 features and range
BYD will only offer the Atto 3 with a solitary 60.48 kWh BYD Blade battery pack, complemented by a 204 PS and 310 Nm electric motor onboard. This motor makes the EV capable of going from 0-100 kmph in 7.3 seconds, which is fairly impressive given its size.
The sole battery variant will run for up to 521 km as per ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) testing standards. Although the Atto 3 is only available in one variant in the country, the company has wisely chosen to go with the larger model. Elsewhere, the company also offers a smaller 50 kWh version of the Atto 3.
Fast charging is included by default, with the EV capable of charging from zero to 80% in just 50 minutes, provided you’re using the right fast charger. The BYD Atto 3 can also power up some of your home appliances whenever there’s an outage. As ZigWheels notes, this feature is also present on the Kia EV6.
BYD Atto 3 design, interiors and safety
The China-based automaker is going with the “Dragon Face 3.0” design philosophy with the Atto 3, which includes sharp lines on the side and a closed front grille. Internally, the Atto 3 offers power-adjustable front seats, automatic climate control, a wireless smartphone charger, and a massive 12.8-inch touchscreen display, which can also be rotated in landscape or portrait orientations. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported by default.
Customers get a total of seven airbags distributed in strategic points of the car, plus ADAS features like lane-keeping assist, forward collision avoidance, electronic stability control, and adaptive cruise control.
BYD Atto 3 availability and expected price
Since no official pricing was mentioned, we’re sticking to the rumoured ex-showroom price tag of approximately Rs 30 lakhs. BYD will reveal more information by December, while concurrently opening pre-bookings for the EV. The company further said that the Atto 3 will be available to consumers by January 2023.
With competitors like the MG ZS EV and the Hyundai Kona Electric, BYD has a great opportunity to make a dent in the Indian EV space. While the rumoured pricing puts it beyond popular electric cars like the Tata Nexon EV, the array of premium features could justify the steeper price tag.