The BYD Sealion 6 has been detailed for Australia, with prices starting from $48,990 before on-road costs for the new Chinese plug-in hybrid SUV.

    Known previously as the Seal U, the Sealion 6 arrives as a PHEV-only mid-sizer set to compete with the likes of the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV and MG HS +EV.

    A pure electric version is sold in overseas markets like China and Europe, and is understood to be on the wishlist for Australia. However at this stage, there’s no official confirmation of if or when it’ll come here.

    Two variants and two plug-in hybrid drivetrains are available, including front- and all-wheel drive options. Both models are capable of over 80km of all-electric range and the Sealion 6 AWD is capable of doing the 0-100km/h sprint in just 5.9 seconds.

    The 2024 BYD Sealion 6 range is on sale now.


    2024 BYD Sealion 6 Dynamic$48,990
    2024 BYD Sealion 6 Premium AWD$52,990

    Prices exclude on-road costs

    Drivetrains and Efficiency

    Sealion 6 DynamicSealion 6 Premium
    Engine1.5L 4cyl PHEV
    Single e-motor, front
    1.5L 4cyl turbo PHEV
    Dual e-motors: Front + rear
    Power72kW + 145kW
    Maximum: 160kW
    96kW + 150kW + 120kW
    Maximum: 238kW
    Torque135Nm + 300Nm
    Maximum: 300Nm
    220Nm + 300Nm + 250Nm
    Maximum: 550Nm
    TransmissionReduction gear, single speedReduction gear, single speed
    Driven wheelsFrontAll-wheel drive
    Weight1940kg (kerb)2100kg (kerb)
    0-100km/h8.5 seconds5.9 seconds
    Fuel economy (claim)1.1L/100km1.4L/100km
    CO2 emissions24g/km32g/km
    EV battery18.3kWh BYD Blade (LFP)18.3kWh BYD Blade (LFP)
    EV driving range92km (100-25 per cent)81km (100-25 per cent)
    Energy consumption (claim)16.9kWh/100km17.9kWh/100km
    Fuel tank size60 litres60 litres
    Fuel requirement95 RON95 RON


    DimensionBYD Sealion 6
    Wheel track1630mm front
    1630mm rear
    Boot capacity425L (min) – 1440L (max)
    Kerb weight1940kg – Dynamic
    2100kg – Premium
    Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM)2350kg – Dynamic
    2510kg – Premium

    Servicing and Warranty

    EVDirect covers the BYD range with a six-year, 150,000km vehicle warranty and an eight-year, 160,000km battery warranty.

    Neither BYD or EVDirect have detailed the Sealion 6’s maintenance schedule or costs as yet, though the brand’s electric products require scheduled servicing every 12 months or 20,000 kilometres – whichever comes first.

    We’ll update this article when service pricing information becomes available.


    The Sealion 6 doesn’t arrive with an ANCAP safety rating, though BYD says a five-star result is “expected”.

    The confident response could be because the electric BYD Seal U achieved a five-star Euro NCAP result in 2023, including a 90 per cent score for adult occupant protection, 86 per cent for child occupant protection, 83 per cent for vulnerable road users, and 77 per cent for safety assist.

    Should there be minimal discrepancies in structural and crash test data, the Sealion 6 PHEV could very well achieve a similar result as we’ve seen with other nameplates supporting multiple powertrain types.

    Standard safety features include:

    • 7 airbags
      • Dual front
      • Dual side
      • Dual curtain
      • Front-centre
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
    • Blind-spot monitoring
    • Child Presence Detection
    • Door Open Warning
    • Front collision warning
    • Front cross-traffic assist
    • High beam assist
    • Intelligent speed limit information, control
    • Lane departure warning
    • Lane keep assist
    • Rear collision warning
    • Rear cross-traffic alert
    • Traffic sign recognition

    Standard Equipment

    There are two variants available in Australia – Dynamic and Premium.

    Sealion 6 Dynamic highlights:


    • 19-inch alloy wheels
    • 235/50 R19 Giti tyres
    • Panoramic sunroof
    • Matte roof rails
    • One-touch tailgate
    • Rain-sensing wipers
    • Electrically adjustable, heated mirrors
    • Auto-dimming interior mirror
    • Soundproof glass – front
    • Privacy glass – rear


    • Synthetic leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • 12.3-inch LCD digital instrument cluster
    • Sunglasses holder
    • Synthetic leather-wrapped seats
    • 8-way power driver’s seat
    • 4-way power passenger seat
    • Heated, ventilated front seats
    • Manually adjustable rear seat backrests
    • Front dual cup holders
    • Rear centre armrest incl. 2 x cup holders
    • Metal door sill protectors
    • Front sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors


    • 15.6-inch rotating infotainment touchscreen
    • AM/FM/DAB radio
    • Wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
    • Bluetooth phone, audio streaming
    • Music streaming apps
    • Satellite navigation
    • Voice assistant
    • 10-speaker Infinity audio
    • BYD app store
    • 1 x USB-C, 1 x USB-A – front
    • 1 x USB-C, 1 x USB-A – rear
    • Over-the-air updates


    • LED headlights
    • LED daytime running lights
    • LED tail lights
    • Sequential rear indicators
    • RGB dynamic ambient lighting
      • incl. rhythm function
    • LED front reading light
    • LED rear side reading lights

    Comfort and Convenience

    • Keyless entry and start
    • NFC card key
    • 2 x wireless phone charges – 15W
    • 12V accessory socket
    • PM2.5 filtration system
    • Dual-zone climate control
    • Rear central air vents
    • Tyre repair kit

    Sealion 6 Premium adds:


    • Additional terrain modes
      • Mud + Sand
    • AWD

    Safety and Security

    • Head-up display


    • Blue + Grey upholstery ($NCO)


    The Sealion 6 is available with the following no-cost colour options.


    • Harbour Grey
    • Arctic White
    • Delan Black
    • Azure Blue
    • Stone Grey


    • Black + Brown
    • Blue + Grey ($NCO, Premium)

    MORE: 2024 BYD Sealion 6 review – Quick drive
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    James Wong

    James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

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