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|Production||2005 - present|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door sedan|
|Wheelbase||2,600 mm (102.4 in)|
|Length||4,605 mm (181.3 in)|
|Width||1,705 mm (67.1 in)|
|Height||1,490 mm (58.7 in)|
|Curb weight||1,210 kg (2,668 lb)|
In April 2012, the second generation BYD F3 Plus, also called Su Rui, was launched at the Beijing Auto Show. During 2013, the BYD L3 was also introduced in several export markets as the New F3. Transmission choices are a 5 speed manual, 6 speed manual or 6 speed dual clutch gearbox.
In March 2014, the F3 was facelifted and started production that year. It was given a new grille, headlights, tail lights, bumpers, wheels and mirrors. Pricing starts from 63,900 yuan to 70,900 yuan. It runs on a 1.5L four cylinder engine known as the BYD473QE producing 107 horsepower. This engine has been the signature for the F3 since 2011. A turbocharged 1.5L engine is also available as the BYD476ZQA producing 151 horsepower. Transmission choices for the this model are 5 speed manual, 6 speed manual or a 6 speed automatic gearbox.
In February 2015, the F3 was facelifted again known as the "third generation" F3. The facelift included new headlights and tail lights, bumpers and a new dashboard. It started production in 2016. It runs on the same 1.5 BYD473QE engine. The turbocharged engine was not available. Transmission are a 5 speed manual or 6 speed automatic gearbox. Pricing ranges from 55,900 yuan to 77,900 yuan.
The BYD F3 features a 4-cylinder, 1.5-liter, Mitsubishi Orion engine (4G15S) with distributor-less Bosch ignition and fuel injection. The vehicle boasts Euro 4 emissions standards. Engine output is 78 kW (105 hp). Fuel efficiency is rated at approx 4.7 L/100 km (60 mpg‑imp; 50 mpg‑US). A 1.6-liter Mitsubishi Orion engine (4G18) was standard. Engine output is 73.5 kW (99 hp) while fuel efficiency is rated at approx 5 L/100 km (56 mpg‑imp; 47 mpg‑US). The Mitsubishi engines were then replaced by new BYD engines from 2011 onwards. The transmission MaTriX is a 5-speed manual transmission. Three point safety belts, power steering, alloy wheels fitted with 195/60 R15 tires, 4-wheel ABS disk brake system as standard, LED tail lights, and halogen headlights.
The BYD F3 owner can choose from 3 trim packages (GL-i, GL-X, and GL- Xi). All models come with standard equipment: AC, AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo, electric windows and mirrors. Optional equipment includes upgraded leather seats, 3rd brake-light, driver and passenger air bags, auxiliary front fog lights and upgraded audio / IVI (in vehicle infotainment). Color schemes are white, black, champagne, and red, with black being most common.
Derivatives of the BYD F3 include the BYD F3DM (dual mode, rechargeable electric / gas rechargeable vehicle) and the BYD F3R. In 2009, BYD introduced the G3 as an updated/upgraded compact class vehicle - however, the F3 will continue to be sold in domestic markets.
In March 2011, BYD reduced prices on 5 of their vehicles to address slowing domestic PRC auto sales as government incentives and stimulus wind down. The price reductions range from 5 to 15% of vehicle cost. The price-reduced models include the F0, F3, G3, F6. Several new models are due out in 2011 including a Mini-van and a HUV/CUV vehicle.
In March 2011, a review of the BYD F3DM (dual mode electric and gas vehicle) was published in the NY Times news paper. The author gave the BYD F3DM a solid, if rather utilitarian review. The price point is reported to be approximately US$20,000 after government incentives, approximately 50% cheaper than the competing Chevrolet Volt. Currently BYD is planning a dealer network in North America with the first retail outlet slated for Los Angeles, California. 5 other dealerships are expected initially.
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