BYD's Upcoming Ute: Patent Images Showcase Design & Power Ahead of 2024 Launch
October 16, 2023
The upcoming utility vehicle (ute) from Chinese car manufacturer BYD is generating buzz in the automotive industry, with patent images revealing its striking design. Shared by both CarNewsChina and Chinese government sources, these illustrations offer a glimpse into what we can expect from BYD in the near future.
The exterior design of the ute presents a distinctive boxy aesthetic. The front end is adorned with a substantial BYD badge on the grille, bordered by headlights that sport striking C-shaped LED daytime running lights. Additionally, the ute's sides showcase boxy-looking front fenders, with the belt line dramatically elevating at the C-pillar. It also boasts a single-pane sunroof.
The vehicle's interior, which had been showcased earlier this year, resonates with BYD's design aesthetics. Central elements include a console with metal-look rocker switches, reminiscent of the interior of BYD's Fang Cheng Bao Leopard 5. The driver's dashboard will feature a free-standing digital instrument cluster, complemented by a sizeable rotating central touchscreen, a hallmark of other BYD models. Additional features like air vents, wireless charging pad, and off-road gear switchgear, such as the differential lock, add to its allure.
Unique for its category, the ute is said to be equipped with an independent rear suspension, diverging from the conventional live axle approach typical for utes. Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants are anticipated.
In terms of performance, reports from CarNewsChina suggest that the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the ute will harness the power of a turbocharged 1.5-litre engine combined with two electric motors, resulting in a system output of 365kW. This could eclipse the power of some notable competitors in the market, underscoring BYD's commitment to cutting-edge technology and performance.
BYD's electric version of the ute remains shrouded in some mystery, with specifications still undisclosed. However, it's expected to employ the company's proprietary Blade lithium iron phosphate batteries.
Set to challenge other electric utility vehicles like the LDV eT60 and JAC T9 EV in the market by 2024, Luke Todd of EVDirect, BYD's Australian distributor, emphasized that the design of this electric pickup has been tailored for Australian conditions, a collaborative effort between Chinese and Australian engineers.
Todd also labeled the BYD electric pickup as a "sports muscle ute," noting its size is marginally larger than the Toyota HiLux. This comes amidst BYD's rapid expansion in the global market, particularly in Europe, Japan, and Australia, cementing its commitment to electric and hybrid vehicles, as demonstrated by discontinuing conventional combustion-powered vehicles in 2022.
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