BYD has reportedly confirmed international pricing for its rugged and off-road-ready Fang Cheng Bao 5, with the powerful hybrid SUV to be a comparative bargain when compared to models like the Toyota LandCruiser, Kia EV9 and Nissan Patrol.
Somewhere between a Prado (or 300 Series) and Kia's all-electric EV9, the Fang Cheng Bao 5 combines a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with twin electric motors (one at each axle) to deliver a potent 500kW and 760Nm.
And because the plug-in hybrid is fitted with a bigger (30kWh) battery than a typical hybrid, the brand is promising a 120km all-electric driving range, as well as a 1200km total driving range when the fuel tank and battery are combined.
Those are all big numbers, but there's an equally important small one. According to international reports, the Fang Cheng Bao 5 will start at 300,000 yuan in China (around $64,500) and top out at 400,000 yuan (around $85,000) for the top-spec models.
Dubbed a "super hybrid", the Fang Cheng Bao 5 stretches 4890mm in length, 1970mm in width and 1920mm in height, and it rides on a 2800mm wheelbase. That makes the two-row, five-seat SUV marginally smaller than a full-size three-row SUV.
Inside, expect a massive 50.0-inch head-up display, twin touchscreens covering driver and passenger, and premium fittings throughout.
The off-road stuff is covered by its ladder-from chassis, complete with three differential locks, 18-inch Goodrich tyres, a decent-looking ride height, and the brand's Intelligent Hydraulic Body Control System, which can not only individually raise individual wheel heights by 200mm, but will also reportedly deliver a 200 per cent increase in stiffness when cornering.
A rear-drive intelligent torque control system reportedly shrinks the turning radius, while its "powerful drive and precise electronic control helps users effortlessly navigate through swampy terrains, rugged mountains, gravelly slopes, and many other extreme terrains".
“Many people think that the global e-mobility transition is a revolution in the automobile industry, where vehicles powered by fossil fuels get replaced by electric cars. However, from BYD, we believe this is only a minor part of the whole transition, and a greater realm is unfolding”, said Wang Chuanfu, Chairman and President of BYD.
"BYD envisions that Fang Cheng Bao serves as the prelude to the revolution."
The Fang Cheng Bao is yet to be confirmed for Australia, but the BYD brand is making big moves here, so watch this space.