2024 BYD Atto 3 update due in Australia within months, price may not rise

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An update to Australia’s third-best selling electric car is due in showrooms in the coming months with new technology and styling tweaks.

The 2024 BYD Atto 3 electric SUV has been updated with new styling and technology – as well as the removal of a widely-criticised attribute – ahead of Australian arrivals due in the coming months.

The tweaks – most recently unveiled for the right-hand-drive Japan and Singapore markets – add a larger infotainment screen, mild exterior and interior styling changes, and updated software.

Managing director of BYD’s Australian distributor EVDirect, Luke Todd, told Drive the updated Atto 3 is due in local showrooms by the middle of this year.

Prices are yet to be announced, but Mr Todd suggested they may not increase, despite the technology upgrade and other tweaks.

The current BYD Atto 3 has been priced from $48,011 to $51,011 plus on-road costs since late 2022, when prices increased by $3630 months after the first deliveries.

In overseas markets the update also spells the end for Atto 3’s Atlas Batman tyres (215/55 R18) – which have been widely criticised by media and customers for below-average grip – in favour of wider Continental EcoContact 6 (235/50 R18) rubber.

However the Atto 3 brochure on the BYD Australia website suggests these upgraded tyres are already available locally as an option.

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Leading the changes is a large 15.6-inch touchscreen – up from 12.8 inches – which was already available in left-hand-drive markets, but will now be offered in right-hand-drive countries such as Australia and Japan.

The updated screen now includes Amazon Music support, a web browser, karaoke function and a BYD app store.

Cosmos Black exterior paint is now available – in addition to Surf Blue, Forest Green, Boulder Grey, Parkour Red and Ski White – while the window trim and rear pillar graphics have now changed from silver to black.

The ‘Build Your Dreams’ rear badging has been shelved in favour of simpler BYD lettering, and there is a new black and dark blue interior, available in place of the current white and dark blue colourway.

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BYD Japan lists further changes including a thicker sunroof shade, expanded voice recognition software, quieter navigation and “proximity alarm” alerts, a new anti-theft alarm sound, and the linking of the interior ambient lighting to Spotify songs playing.

There are no changes to the Atto 3’s battery and motors, meaning it retains a 150kW/310Nm front electric motor powered by a 49.9kWh battery good for 345km of claimed WLTP driving range, or a 60.5kWh battery good for 420km of claimed WLTP range.

The 2024 BYD Atto 3 is due in Australian showrooms by the middle of this year, pending any delays.

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020.

Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines at a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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