BYD Shark Plug-in Hybrid Pickup Teases Before European Sales • Professional Pickup

BYD Shark 2024 Professional Pickup

BYD is entering the pickup market with the Shark, a plug-in hybrid pickup that has just been confirmed for Europe.

The Chinese manufacturing behemoth has teased its upcoming brand while confirming it will wear the Shark badge. This is in line with BYD's use of nautical names for its models, including, in the UK, Dolphin and Seal.

The front end of the BYD Shark is reminiscent of the Ford F-150 Lightning pickup, with the same light signature and bold, closed grille with a large corporate logo in the center. The rest of the pickup follows the general trend of the brand, with slab sides, plastic cladding, skid plates front and rear, side steps, and a sports bar.

It is expected to be built in the same location as BYD Fangchengbao Bao 5 The SUV was launched in China last year. Power is provided by a 1.5 liter petrol engine that develops 197hp, with electric motors that provide up to 687hp and 760Nm of torque. With a 31.8kWh lithium iron phosphate battery pack integrated into the chassis, the Shaka is expected to offer an all-electric range of up to 60 miles.

BYD has released the measurements of the Shark, confirming that it is 5,457mm long and 1,971mm wide, making it taller but narrower than the Ford Ranger. At 3,260mm, the wheelbase is almost identical to the Ranger, suggesting cabin space will be very similar.

The cabin looks based on that of the Fangchengbao Bao 5, with a large infotainment touchscreen dominating the dashboard. However, a spy shot of the cabin suggests that it won't turn like it does on BYD's road cars. The center console has a key feature switch, which means that not every function will be relegated to the touch screen.

Maxus was the first in the UK market with an electric van, although the The T90EV hampered by rear-wheel drive and limited range from its 88kWh battery. Ford works on a a plug-in hybrid version of its Ranger pickupexpected to be sold in 2025, while Isuzu, KGMagain Toyota all work on 100% electric models.

BYD Shark Price and Availability

BYD is first targeting the Australian market, and the Shark is expected to arrive there within a year. Sales will then expand to Europe, but there are currently no details of a UK launch timetable or pricing.

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