BYD Shark PHEV launched, the future of pickup trucks in Malaysia? - 1.5-litre petrol-electric powertrain, AWD with 435PS, 840km range

BYD Shark PHEV launched, the future of pickup trucks in Malaysia? - 1.5-litre petrol-electric powertrain, AWD with 435PS, 840km range

KUALA LUMPUR: The BYD Shark has officially been launched in Mexico, positioning itself as a competitor to the Ford Ranger. This is BYD's first-ever pickup truck, built on the company's DMO platform. "DM" stands for Dual Mode (hybrid), and "O" represents off-road capabilities, making it clear that this vehicle is not fully electric but a plug-in hybrid.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What is the BYD Shark?

    Surprisingly, It's BYD's first pick up truck and it's a plug in hybrid an not a fully electric vehicle
  • What powertrain does it have?

    The Shark features a sophisticated petrol-electric powertrain that combines a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with two electric motors—one on each axle—yielding a total output of 435 PS.
  • Can it run on pure electric?

    Yes, up to 100km
  • What's it's fuel consumption like?

    The Shark achieves 7.5 liters per 100 km in hybrid mode, according to the NEDC combined cycle. When maximizing the electric driving range, fuel consumption can drop to as low as 1.5 liters per 100 km. With a full fuel tank and a fully charged battery, the Shark can travel up to 840 km.
  • BYD Shark

    BYD Shark Overview

    According to Reuters, the BYD Shark is currently available only in Mexico. This marks the first time the world's largest electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer has launched a new product outside of its home country. BYD selected Mexico as the launch site due to the rapidly growing demand for pickup trucks in the region, explained Stella Li, Chief of the Americas at BYD.

    BYD Shark

    We now know the specifications of the BYD Shark, thanks to details revealed by BYD Mexico's official website. We are particularly excited about the launch of the BYD Shark and its significant potential to arrive in Malaysia as the country's first hybrid pickup truck, if it can beat the Ranger PHEV's arrival on our shores. Here's everything you need to know about this interesting new model.

    Powertrain and Performance

    BYD Shark

    The BYD Shark delivers impressive performance with its powerful 435 PS plug-in hybrid powertrain. Aimed at being a key competitor to the upcoming Ford Ranger PHEV, this marks the Chinese brand's entry into the highly popular 4x4 dual-cab ute segment.

    Advanced Powertrain

    The Shark features a sophisticated petrol-electric powertrain that combines a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with two electric motors—one on each axle—yielding a total output of 435 PS. The petrol engine drives the front wheels and contributes approximately 20 per cent of the overall propulsion, according to Carsales Australia, while the electric motors dominate the power delivery to both the front and rear wheels.

    The BYD Shark's electric motors are powered by a 29.5 kWh Blade lithium-ion battery, offering an electric-only range of up to 100 km based on China's NEDC testing standards.

    In terms of fuel efficiency, the Shark achieves 7.5 liters per 100 km in hybrid mode, according to the NEDC combined cycle. When maximizing the electric driving range, fuel consumption can drop to as low as 1.5 liters per 100 km.

    With a full fuel tank and a fully charged battery, the Shark can travel up to 840 km.

    For charging, the battery can be replenished using a DC fast charger at up to 40 kW, taking about 20 minutes to go from 30 to 80 percent charge.

    BYD Shark

    Key Competitor

    By avoiding diesel power and embracing advanced hybrid technology, the BYD Shark positions itself as a formidable rival to other hybrid pickup trucks in the market, particularly the highly anticipated Ford Ranger PHEV.

    Interior and Technology

    BYD Shark

    Inside, the BYD Shark features a modern glass cockpit with a large 12.8-inch center display and a 10.25-inch LCD screen serving as the digital instrument cluster. Additionally, there is a 12-inch head-up display for added convenience. The infotainment system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, ensuring seamless integration with your smartphone.

    Market Strategy

    BYD Shark

    The decision to launch the BYD Shark in Mexico is a strategic move that sends a strong message to American carmakers. While Thailand is a significant market for pickup trucks, BYD's choice of Mexico highlights its intent to target the US market. But never say never, as South East Asia commands one of the largest markets when it comes to pick up trucks.

    Potential in Malaysia

    BYD Shark

    With Malaysia's growing interest in hybrid vehicles, the BYD Shark's potential launch could mark a significant milestone as the country's first hybrid pickup truck. Its advanced hybrid technology, impressive range, and modern features position it as a strong contender for the Malaysian market.

    BYD Shark

    The BYD Shark is an exciting new entry in the hybrid pickup truck segment, offering a blend of performance, efficiency, and cutting-edge technology. As we await its full reveal and potential arrival in markets like Malaysia, the BYD Shark is already making waves with its impressive specifications and strategic market positioning.

    Also Read:  2024 BYD ATTO 3 launches in Malaysia - RM150k, bigger screen, new colourway, Extended range dropped

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