2023 BYD Dolphin launched in Malaysia, from RM101k – up to 427km range, 2 variants

The BYD Dolphin has finally made its launch in Malaysia as BYD’s first EV hatchback in the country. Offered in two variants – the Dynamic Standard range and Premium Extended range, prices start from RM100,530 (OTR, without insurance).

  • BYD Dolphin Dynamic Standard Range – RM100,530
  • BYD Dolphin Premium Extended Range – RM125,530

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The BYD Dolphin is the first model to sit on the brand’s E-platform 3.0 and measures 4,290 mm long, 1,570 mm tall, and 1,770 mm wide, and is underpinned by a 2,700 mm long wheelbase. This makes the Dolphin slightly larger than the Perodua Myvi, Proton Iriz, and Toyota Yaris, and about the same size as the Honda City Hatchback. But as expected, the Ora Good Cat EV is still larger than the BYD Dolphin.

Outside, the BYD Dolphin is fitted with LED headlights and tail lights as standard. The Standard Range gets 16-inch alloys, while the Extended Range gets 17-inch wheels, alongside dual-tone exterior colour options.

These are features that come standard with the BYD Dolphin Standard Range in Malaysia:

  • LED headlights
  • High Beam Assist (HMA)
  • LED daytime running lights (DRLs)
  • LED tail lights
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Urban Grey, Sand White exterior colour options

Stepping up to the Extended Range, you get:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Atlantis Grey/Delan Black, Surf Blue/Urban Grey, Ski White/Urban Grey dual-tone exterior colour options

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Powering both the BYD Dolphin Standard and Extended Range variants in Malaysia is a front-mounted electric motor, paired with BYD’s in-house developed Blade Cell-to-Body (CTB) battery. Both variants of the Chinese EV hatchback support 7 kW of AC charging.

As for DC charging, the Standard Range supports up to 60 kW of charging, while the Extended Range supports up to 80 kW of DC charging. The vehicle-to-load (V2L) power supply functionality is available across the range as well.

Details of the BYD Dolphin’s electric drive system and handling-related specifications would be as such:

  • Drivetrain: Single motor front wheel drive
  • Total power output: 94 hp (Standard Range) / 201 hp (Extended Range)
  • Total torque: 180 Nm (Standard Range) / 310 Nm (Extended Range)
  • 0-100 km/h: 12.3 seconds (Standard Range) / 7.0 seconds (Extended Range)
  • Battery: 44.9 kWh (Standard Range) / 60.48 kWh (Extended Range)
  • Range (WLTP): 340 km (Standard Range) / 427 km (Extended Range)
  • AC charging: 7 kW
  • DC charging: 60 kW (Standard Range) / 80 kW (Extended Range)
  • Front suspension: Independent Macpherson struts
  • Rear suspension: Semi-independent torsion beam (Standard Range) / Multi-link independent (Extended Range)
  • Front braking system: Ventilated disc
  • Rear braking system: Solid disc

Inside the Malaysian-spec BYD Dolphin, you get different dual-tone interior combinations depending on the exterior colours you choose. Both variants of the BYD Dolphin get the 5-inch instrument display, as well as the 12.8-inch rotating infotainment display with wired Apple CarPlay support.

A portable card key is provided as standard too. However, only the top-spec Extended Range gets premium features like the panoramic glass roof and ventilated front seats.

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List of equipment available with the interior of the Malaysian-spec BYD Dolphin Standard Range includes:

  • Grey/Black or Brown/Black two-tone interior
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Manual front seats
  • 5-inch instrument display
  • 12.8-inch rotating infotainment display
  • Wired Apple CarPlay support
  • Voice assistant
  • Electronic parking brake (EPB)
  • Keyless entry and keyless start
  • Portable card key
  • Driver window with one touch-up-down function
  • 6-speaker sound system
  • 2 USB Type-A + 2 USB Type-C ports
  • 345-litre boot space (858 litres with rear seats folded down)
  • PM2.5 air-filtration system

The higher-end Extended Range gets you these features:

  • Grey/Black or Blue/Black two-tone interior
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Powered front seats
  • Wireless phone charger
  • All four door windows with one touch-up-down function
  • Panoramic glass roof

The BYD Dolphin is fully equipped with advanced safety features as standard. This includes:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Intelligent power brake system
  • Predictive Collision Warning (PCW)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Brake
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Departure Prevention (LDP)
  • Emergency Lane Keeping Assist (ELKA)
  • Lane Keeping Support (LKS)
  • Lane Change Collision Warning (LCW)
  • 360-degree camera system
  • Blind Spot Detection (BSD)
  • Door opening warning (DOW)
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Single-stage front seatbelt pre-tensioner

However, the dual-stage front seatbelt pre-tensioner feature is only available on the top-spec Extended Range variant of the BYD Dolphin.

To recap, the 2023 BYD Dolphin has just been launched in Malaysia as BYD’s first EV hatchback in the country. Offered in two variants, prices start from RM100,530 on-the-road, inclusive of insurance. Deliveries for the Dolphin will start in August this year, and the company has hinted that the BYD Seal will be coming to Malaysia “very soon” as well.

Included with the Dolphin’s price is a standard 6-year/150,000 km vehicle warranty, an 8-year/160,000 km high-voltage battery warranty, and an 8-year/150,000 km drive unit warranty. There is also a 3-year/60,000 km warranty for components such as the multimedia system, shock absorber, wheel bearing, AC/DC charging port assembly, bushing, gasket, USB charging port assembly, the PM2.5 measuring instrument, as well as dust cover. Another 4-year/100,000 km warranty covers the vehicle’s lights, tyre pressure monitoring module, suspension, and ball joint.

The BYD Dolphin in Malaysia comes with a number of service packages too. First up are the Standard packages, which cover the reducer oil service, air conditioning filter service, brake fluid service, drive motor coolant service, and air conditioning refrigerant service. The available Standard service packages are as follows:

  • 3-year/60,000 km (RM1,688)
  • 6-year/120,000 km (RM3,888)
  • 8-year/160,000 km (RM4,888)

BYD Malaysia is also offering the Plus service packages, which additionally cover windshield washer fluid replacement, front and rear wiper blade replacement, remote control battery replacement, 12V battery replacement, front and rear brake pads replacement, as well as front and rear brake disc replacement. The available Plus service packages are as follows:

  • 6-year/120,000 km (RM7,888)
  • 8-year/160,000 km (RM12,888)

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