BYD S6DM Set For U.S. in Early 2012

2011 Detroit Auto Show


  • BYD S6DM Picture

    BYD S6DM Picture

    The BYD S6DM is a Chinese plug-in hybrid crossover bound for the U.S. in early 2012. | January 12, 2011

2011 Detroit Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The BYD S6DM, a plug-in hybrid from the Chinese car and battery maker backed by Warren Buffett, will go on sale in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2012.
  • The S6DM resembles the 2011 Lexus RX 350.
  • BYD says the S6DM can travel over 38 miles on electric power alone.

DETROIT — The BYD S6DM, a plug-in hybrid crossover from the Chinese car and battery maker backed by investment rock star Warren Buffett, will go on sale in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2012.

BYD told Edmunds.com on Tuesday that it could not provide pricing estimates at this point. It did not have fuel economy estimates available either.

The S6DM resembles the 2011 Lexus RX 350, especially in side profile. The base 2011 Lexus RX 350, with a 3.5-liter V6, starts at $38,850, including an $875 destination charge.

BYD describes the S6DM as a "dual-mode electric SUV" that bundles an electric motor, a four-cylinder gasoline engine and a lithium iron phosphate battery pack. It said it can travel more than 38 miles on electric power and more than 310 miles when powered by the 138-horsepower 2.0-liter gas engine. The engine is linked to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Look for the BYD S6DM to compete with the Ford C-Max Energi and the MPV version of the Chevrolet Volt

Edmunds.com says: This could be one of the first Chinese crossovers in your driveway. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent

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