BYD Set to Release New Hybrid Ute Named "Shark," Competing in Australian Market

Matt Brand
April 17, 2024
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BYD is preparing to enter the Australian dual-cab utility vehicle market with a new model, likely called the "Shark."

Recently observed in Mexico and Australia, this vehicle has been seen without camouflage, indicating an approach to its market launch.

The "Shark" aligns with BYD's existing marine-themed vehicle names such as the Seal and Dolphin.

The vehicle displays a boxy design with a front grille and squared headlights that suggest a rugged build.

Features like a front bash plate, roof rails, and a sports bar are visible, pointing to the possibility of this being a higher-spec model.

The rear design includes the BYD logo integrated into the tailgate and a connecting light strip across the tail-lights.

Internally, the "Shark" is equipped with a large central infotainment touchscreen, digital instrument cluster, and a flat-bottom steering wheel.

The seating features high-quality materials, although specific details are obscured in available images.

The drivetrain specifics have not been officially disclosed, but there is anticipation of a plug-in hybrid system.

Expected capabilities include a 100km electric-only driving range and an overall touring range of 1200km when combined with the petrol engine.

This system reflects the technology used in BYD's existing hybrid SUV models.

Pending its expected launch later this year, the "Shark" would be the first plug-in hybrid utility vehicle in the Australian market, preceding other planned releases like the Ford Ranger PHEV in 2025.

Plans for an all-electric version of the "Shark" are also anticipated to materialize by 2025, adding to the selection of zero-emission vehicles available.

Matt Brand
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