Chinese automaker BYD has introduced the Qin hybrid on the local market as a successor for the F3DM.

Chinese automaker BYD has introduced the Qin hybrid on the local market as a successor for the F3DM.

BYD unveiled the Qin hybrid back in 2012 at the Beijing Motor Show but only now the car is effectively on sale in China. Described as a "high tech, performance-based hybrid car", the Qin comes with a 1.5-liter gasoline engine delivering 151 bhp (113 kW) and 240 Nm (177 lb-ft) working together with an electric motor providing 147 bhp (110 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft). This hardware setup provides a combined output of 291 bhp (217 kW) and 479 Nm (353 lb-ft).

BYD says the Qin hybrid needs only 5.9 seconds to get from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) and is capable of reaching a top speed of 115 mph (185 km/h). In electric mode it has enough juice to provide a range of up to 44 miles (70 km) while in hybrid mode it can do 177 MPGe which represents about 1.6 liters / 100 km.

It features four driving modes (EV+ECO, EV+SPORT, HEV+ECO and HEV+SPORT) and overall it looks quite nice for a Chinese car. Clients already preordered 4,155 units for a plug-in hybrid which kicks off at the equivalent of 32,266 USD and according to BYD the model will be introduced in Europe early next year.

As a side note, BYD has already announced plans to enter the U.S. market by late 2015 with about four models and one of them could be the Qin hybrid.

BYD Qin hybrid revealed, promises 177 MPGe and 5.9s sprint to 62 mph [video]