The BYD Atto 3 is set to receive its first significant update since its debut in 2022. Scheduled for release in India on 10 July 2024, this update is aimed at enhancing both the exterior and interior of the crossover.

One of the most notable changes is the introduction of a new color option called Cosmos Black, which adds to the vehicle’s aesthetic appeal. Additionally, the infotainment system will now feature a larger 15.6-inch rotating display, and there will be two new interior color schemes for buyers to choose from.

ARAI Homologation Certification


A major development for BYD is the acquisition of an ARAI homologation certification. This certification allows the company to surpass the 2500-unit limit that was previously imposed on Completely Built Units (CBU) and Semi-Knocked Down (SKD) models.

This regulatory approval is also expected to facilitate the transition of the BYD Atto 3 from an SKD model to a Completely Knocked Down (CKD) model. The shift to CKD production is likely to result in a significant reduction in the vehicle’s cost, making it more competitive in the market.

Introduction of a Lower-Spec Variant


Alongside the facelift, BYD plans to introduce a lower-spec variant of the Atto 3. This new variant will feature the same battery pack but will offer a claimed range of 264km, which is notably lower than the 512km range of the fully loaded model.

However, this lower-spec variant is expected to be more affordable, providing a cost-effective option for consumers. Additionally, there is speculation that BYD may introduce an extended-range version with a WLTP range of 565km, further enhancing the vehicle’s appeal.

Market Impact and Competition


BYD’s Seal model has been a quiet success over the past two years, carving out a niche for itself among consumers seeking a unique electric vehicle and willing to invest a higher amount of money. While the Atto 3 currently enjoys a unique position in the market, it is anticipated to face competition in the near future.


Upcoming rival models include the Tata Harrier EV, Mahindra BE range, and electric offerings from established brands like Toyota, Volkswagen, and Skoda. This competitive landscape will undoubtedly influence BYD’s strategy and market positioning moving forward.

News Summary:


  • BYD Atto 3 to receive a facelift update in 2024, launching in India on 10 July.


  • New features include Cosmos Black color, 15.6-inch rotating display, and two new interior color schemes.


  • ARAI homologation certification acquired, enabling production shift from SKD to CKD model, reducing costs.


  • A lower-spec variant with a 264km range to be introduced, with potential for an extended-range version.


  • Competition anticipated from Tata Harrier EV, Mahindra BE range, and future models from Toyota, Volkswagen, and Skoda.

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