BYD Shark PHEV Pickup Goes to Mexico – Autoblog - Latest Global News

BYD Shark PHEV Pickup Goes to Mexico – Autoblog

Hybridization is rapidly spreading across pickup truck lines around the world and in all segments, from the small Ford Maverick to the large F-150 and Toyota Tundra. Plug-ins are also around the corner, with the Ramcharger and the Jeep Gladiator 4xe on the horizon. Now you’ll also find a plug-in hybrid powertrain in the new BYD Shark, the Chinese pickup heading to Mexico this year, which has some interesting specs.

The truck is conventional in the sense that it has a body-on-frame chassis with a longitudinally mounted engine; in this case, a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (although BYD doesn’t explicitly state on its consumer page whether it’s a gasoline or diesel engine). But from then on things start to be different. It features double wishbone independent suspension on all four corners. And the engine is only coupled to the front engine, while a separate motor powers the rear. It appears that it generally functions like a series hybrid, although it is possible that the engine can provide some direct power to the front axle if needed. The power of the front unit is 228 hp, that of the rear is 201 hp, and BYD combines these for a total output of 430 hp. BYD also estimates acceleration to 62 miles per hour at 5.7 seconds.

Speaking of 62 miles, that’s the estimated electric range of the 29.6 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery housed between the frame rails. This applies to the NEDC test cycle, and the range would undoubtedly be shorter in the EPA test cycle. We think a range of between 30 and 40 miles would be likely if it were designed for the US. It also has fast charging capability with both AC and DC power via a CCS port. BYD estimates it can charge from 30% to 80% in 20 minutes using the DC charger. The Shark even has a vehicle-to-load feature so you can power your gear from the truck.

As for other truck-related things, the Shark doesn’t have a short range with its split front and rear motors, but of course it has a strong low-end electric drivetrain to make up for it. Payload is 1,841 pounds and towing capacity is 5,512 pounds. This makes the payload a little higher than many versions of the Toyota Tacoma and Chevy Colorado, which are similar in size to the 214.8-inch-long Shark, but the towing capacity is also a little lower for most of these pickup truck variants.

BYD Shark

The BYD Shark goes beyond the truck specs and definitely has that blocky truck look with the square shoulders, and the interior also looks chunky and sporty, especially with the orange accent stitching. It has some unusual features like the pivoting infotainment screen in the middle and a karaoke function (activated with an optional handheld microphone).

Pricing is quite competitive, although perhaps on the higher end for the midsize truck segment in Mexico. Converted to US dollars, the base price of the BYD Shark is $53,948. For comparison, the Ford Ranger starts at about $49,000 and the Toyota Tacoma starts at about $46,000 (converted to US dollars in Mexico). It’s hard to say exactly what this would mean for the US if they came here. The U.S. is imposing ever-higher tariffs on Chinese vehicles, and even if the Shark is ultimately built in Mexico to avoid some of those tariffs, it likely wouldn’t receive much of the EV and PHEV tax credits due to parts sourcing requirements. The leasing gap could be an option. But BYD would also have to build dealer and service networks, work on brand awareness and overcome negative feelings about Chinese products in the USA. In other words, we don’t expect to see the shark in U.S. waters any time soon, unless it’s carrying Mexican plates.

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