• Chinese brand, BYD, has announced a pure electric flagship model which is set to come to Europe.

    The BYD Han EV will be aimed at the “premium luxury saloon” market and is the first full-electric passenger car equipped with BYD’s “ground-breaking” new ‘Blade Battery’ technology – delivering enhanced safety, improved range capability and a simplified, smaller pack design.

    The silicon carbide motor-control propels the Han EV from 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds and the new “ultra-safe” and space-saving Blade Battery offers a single-charge range of up to 376 miles (NEDC).

    The Han EV will also feature ‘DiPilot’ – BYD’s new-to-market, self-learning, intelligent driving assistance system which will take advantage of the latest 5G technology.

    A projected MSRP for the Han EV is expected to be in the £39,000 to £48,000 range, rivalling the likes of the popular Tesla Model 3. The Han EV is scheduled to launch in China towards the end of June 2020 and is due to make its way to Europe shortly thereafter.

 

  • Another overseas car soon making its way to Europe is the Toyota Highlander.

    First unveiled at the New York motor show last year for the North American market, the Highlander will soon come in a European-spec and offered exclusively with a full hybrid powertrain. Boasting seven-seats, the Toyota Highlander will be the largest hybrid SUV offered by Toyota, joining the RAV4, C-HR and upcoming Yaris Cross.

    The Highlander will use Toyota’s latest hybrid powertrain which features a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine with front and rear electric motors. The rear motor provides the vehicle’s AWD-i intelligent all-wheel drive. A high-voltage nickel-metal hydride battery is located beneath the second row seats.

    Total system power is 241bhp and WLTP combined cycle CO2 emissions are 146g/km with 42.8mpg fuel consumption. This gives the hybrid Highlander the best balance of power and CO2 emissions in its segment.

    The driver can use the vehicle’s Drive Mode Select system to switch between Eco, Normal, Sport and Trail modes. Each of these can also be used when Highlander is running its separately switchable EV all-electric mode.

    Toyota says that UK pricing and specification will be finalised closer to the launch in early 2021.