BYD to Launch S7 SUV

BYD’s copycat SUV, the S6, will get an upgraded version. At this year’s Guangzhou Auto Show, the company plans to launch the S7, which will share a platform with the S6 but be larger and powered by a turbo 2.0L engine.

Modeled upon the second-generation Lexus RX 350, the S6 was the ninth best-selling SUV in China last year, with 86,851 deliveries. Sitting on a 2720mm wheelbase, it is a larger compact priced in a low range of 80,000-120,000 Yuan.

Positioned above the S6, the S7 will have a longer wheelbase, upgraded powertrain, and more appealing appearance–judging from the rendering provided by 163.com. No test model has been exposed so far.

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A rendering of the upcoming BYD S7

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2012 BYD S6

The main engine option will be a BYD-built petrol 2.0 liter featuring a turbocharger from BorgWarner. It can reportedly develop a maximum of 155kW of power at 6000rpm and 350Nm of torque at 1500-4200rpm. Paired with it will be a 6MT and a DCT.

The S7 is expected to sell for 120,000-150,000 Yuan.