June 19, 2024
Electric & Hybrid Cars

The BYD Shark PHEV Pickup Truck Makes its Way to Mexico

Hybridization is quickly becoming popular among pickup truck models worldwide, from compact trucks like the Ford Maverick to full-size trucks like the F-150 and Toyota Tundra. Plug-in hybrid options are also emerging, with vehicles like the Ramcharger and Jeep Gladiator 4xe on the horizon. The new BYD Shark, a Chinese pickup truck set to debut in Mexico this year, features a plug-in hybrid powertrain with some impressive specifications.

The BYD Shark has a traditional body-on-frame chassis with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine mounted longitudinally. It features double-wishbone independent suspension on all four corners and utilizes a front motor coupled to the engine, with a separate motor powering the rear. The front motor produces 228 horsepower, the rear motor produces 201 horsepower, and combined output is rated at 430 horsepower. The truck can reach 62 mph in 5.7 seconds.

The BYD Shark is equipped with a 29.6 kWh lithium-iron-phosphate battery pack, providing an estimated electric range of 62 miles on the NEDC test cycle. The truck supports both AC and DC fast charging with a CCS connector, capable of charging from 30% to 80% in 20 minutes on a DC charger. It also offers vehicle-to-load functionality for powering external devices.

The Shark lacks a low-range feature due to its split front and rear motors, but compensates with strong low-end electric power. It has a payload capacity of 1,841 pounds and a towing capacity of 5,512 pounds, positioning it competitively in the midsize truck segment.

BYD Shark

In terms of design, the BYD Shark boasts a rugged truck appearance with a chunky and sporty interior featuring orange accent stitching. Unique features include a swiveling center infotainment screen and a karaoke function with an optional handheld microphone.

The pricing for the BYD Shark is competitive, though slightly higher than some competitors in Mexico’s midsize truck market. Converted to U.S. dollars, the base price is $53,948. While the possibility of the Shark entering the U.S. market remains uncertain due to tariff challenges and other logistical issues, its innovative features and performance make it an intriguing prospect.

FAQ

1. Will the BYD Shark be available in the United States?

As of now, there are no confirmed plans for the BYD Shark to be released in the U.S. market.

2. How does the BYD Shark’s electric range compare to other plug-in hybrids?

The BYD Shark offers an estimated electric range of 62 miles, which is competitive with other plug-in hybrid vehicles in its class.

Conclusion

The BYD Shark presents an innovative approach to hybrid pickup trucks, offering impressive performance and features. While its U.S. availability is uncertain, the Shark showcases the advancements in hybrid technology within the automotive industry.

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