Chinese 2024 BYD Shark Plug-In Hybrid pickup debuts


This week, the 2024 BYD Shark was introduced as a plug-in hybrid pickup with a 500-mile range, using both an electric and gas engine.

BYD, which stands for Build Your Dreams, is a Chinese company poised to shake up the automotive market with affordable EVs, such as the Seagull and the new Shark, and is garnering a lot of attention.

What is the 2024 BYD Shark?

Launched in Mexico City, the BYD Shark is a mid-size pickup truck with 62 miles of all-electric range. The 1.5 liter four-cylinder engine kicks a distance of 528 miles.

BYD says it will produce 430 horsepower, surprisingly no torque numbers have been announced, and have a maximum payload of 1,841 pounds. It will go from 0-60 in 5.7 seconds and can tow up to 5,511 pounds.

EV range is possible thanks to the 30-kWh battery. It will also support fast charging via the CCS1 port, which is rare for compact hybrid vehicles here in the US

In accordance with Motor TrendBYD said it will charge from 20% to 80% in about 30 minutes.

It will ride on BYD's Dual Mode Off-Road Chassis, which creates an all-wheel drive system with a “virtual” differential to prevent wheel slippage. This is probably done through software management that controls the torque output to the wheels.

There will be three off-road tracks: sand, snow and mud.

The exterior design is meant to resemble the marine animal it is named after. (Photo courtesy of BYD)

Shaped like a shark?

The exterior design is meant to mimic the marine animal it's named after with lots of bold lines and strong forward styling.

At the rear, it looks like LED lights will cover the BYD embossed tailgate.

It has a 128.3 inch wheelbase which is shorter than the smaller 2024 Toyota Tacoma with a 131.9 inch wheelbase. The long Tacoma has a wheelbase of 145.1 inches.

Inside the cabin, designers used bold stitching and colors to highlight things like the air vents, seats, dashboard and door panels. A wide shifter sits in the middle of the center console.

A 12.8-inch central screen dominates the center stack, and BYD says it will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in portrait or landscape mode.

There is also a 10.25-inch driver dash screen and a 12-inch head-up display.

2024 BYD Shark 10

Like most EVs and new cars, a large central infotainment screen dominates the interior. (Photo courtesy of BYD)

Price and availability

The 2024 BYD Shark will start at $53,440, and will only be available outside the United States. BYD says it currently has no plans to sell the Shaka in the US. However, although the Shaka will initially be built in China, BYD is looking at a plant location in Mexico, which could open the door to US purchases in the future.

There will be two versions, GL and GS, however, we have no details on what separates those trim levels. Reservations are open now and will be arriving in Mexico in the coming weeks.

An important point

With US President Biden imposing heavy tariffs on EVs made in China to protect American automakers, don't expect this to hit our market anytime soon. Still, it's good to see an automaker finally bring a PHEV pickup truck to market, and perhaps sales will be enough to convince US automakers to follow suit.

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