All-New BYD Shark Pickup Truck Unveiled; PHEV Truck Can Go From 0 to 100 In 5.7 Seconds

BYD has unveiled its latest product to the global market, a plug-in-hybrid pickup truck named the Shark. The new BYD Shark is BYD's first pickup truck and is built on the new DMO Off-Road ladder frame platform. The Shark, the company's first all-new product to be launched outside of China, will be sold in markets such as Mexico and Australia and will compete with models such as the Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux, which is currently on sale in India.

Visually, the Shark has a powerful and imposing appearance with its high ground clearance, massive proportions and large flared wheel arches. Other styling cues include a grille that prominently displays the BYD logo and square-shaped headlamps defined by C-shaped DRLs and connected via a light bar. The rear has rectangular lights that are also connected to a light bar. The minivan measures 5,457mm long, 1,971mm wide and 1,925mm high, making it larger than the Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux. BYD claims a towing capacity of 2,500kg and a vehicle payload of 835kg.

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Inside, BYD has opted for a minimalist design with the Shark, with a 12.8-inch rotating infotainment screen with Apple Carplay compatibility and Android Auto connectivity topping the cabin. It also features a 10.25-inch screen and a 12-inch head-up display. The car also has physical buttons on the center console for various functions of the car. On the safety front, you get six airbags, adaptive cruise control, vehicle dynamic control, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, hill start control, hill descent control, regenerative braking system among others. The vehicle gets three terrain modes- Snow, Mud, and Sand.

On the powertrain front, the Shark is equipped with a 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine mated with two electric motors, on the front axle (170 kW, 310 Nm) and at the rear (150 kW, 340 Nm). The power unit produces a combined output of 424 horsepower. The brand claims that the truck can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds in hybrid mode and can reach top speeds of up to 160 kmph. 

The vehicle is equipped with a 29.5 kWh battery pack for which BYD says can be charged between 30 and 80 percent for 20 minutes using a 40 kW fast charger. It has an EV-only range of up to 100 km and a combined range of 840 km.

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