BYD Destroyer 05: Newest Plug-In Hybrid Chinese Sedan with a Badass Name

At the Guangzhou Auto Show in November 2021, Chinese auto giant BYD unveiled the Destroyer 05, a new plug-in hybrid sedan with up to 120 km of pure electric range. At that time, the inside of the vehicle was not revealed, however the company has now showed us the interior which gets a huge Tesla-like infotainment touchscreen and many tech features.

The name is part of the “Warship” series of plug-in hybrids, sold alongside the “Marine Life” series of electric vehicles in BYD’s newly established Ocean Net sales network, which aimed at younger buyers will operate separately from BYD’s existing dealers. While the BYD Dolphin is the first in the Marine Life series of EVs, Destroyer 05 is the first model in the Warship series of PHEVs. The Destroyer 05 is also the first of the Ocean series and the third model by BYD that’s equipped with the DM-i super hybrid system.

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The Destroyer 05 is based on BYD’s e-platform 3.0, that can be used for full electric and plug-in electric vehicles. The Destroyer 05 PHEV using BYD’s “DM-i super hybrid technology” consists of a gasoline engine mated to an electric motor and a BYD Blade battery. The Destroyer 05 plug-in hybrid is offered in two variants with two battery sizes. Both versions are fitted with a 1.5L petrol engine producing 109 hp and come with either one or two electric motors for a combined output of 177 hp or 194 hp respectively.

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