BYD Surui Hits Showrooms with Remote Driving TechnologyAugust 21st, 2012 | Posted in BYD | New Cars
The Surui compact sedan, featuring some of the most advanced BYD technologies, hit the market on Tuesday. With two 1.5 engine options, Surui comes in seven versions priced competitively between 65,900 – 99,900 Yuan (US$10,363-15,709).
Debuted at the 2012 Beijing auto show as a new generation F3, Surui (or Su Rui, a name for the Chinese market) was released, however, as a separate, all-new model. BYD obviously found the F3 connection undesirable: developed through replicating Toyota Corolla, the F3 was one of the most notorious Chinese copy cars. Reborn, Surui tried hard to distance itself from its origin, undergoing extensive alterations. For one thing, the wheelbase was extended to 2660mm.
Surui sports the latest BYD powertrain option, the 1.5T 6DCT combination, which it shares with the G6 mid-size. The turbo-charged direct-injection (fuel stratified injection) engine (BYD476ZQA) can develop up to 113kW of power and 240Nm of torque. Mated to a 6-speed dual clutch transmission, it achieves combined fuel economy of 6.5L per 100km. The other engine choice is a naturally-aspirated 1.5 liter (BYD473QE), found also on the F3 and G3 models.
BYD’s remote driving technology is provided for the three 1.5TID versions, those with the 1.5T 6DCT powertrain. It allows users to control the car in certain ways at a distance. With a specially designed key, anyone within 10m of the car can not only turn on/off it but, at a low speed, move it forward/backward, or turn it right/left.
All of the seven versions come standard with brake override system, ABS/EBD, adaptive headlights, keyless start system, speed- and crash-sensing door locks, and dual-zone climate control. Premium features on selected versions include ESP, HAC, blind spot camera, cruise control, DVD theater, and dual panel sunroof.