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The BYD Shark is a new plug-in hybrid pickup for the Mexican market

Shark costs the equivalent of £42k and boasts 62 miles of all-electric range and a 0-62mph time of just 5.7 seconds

Published: 15 May 2024

BYD has just unveiled its plug-in hybrid Shark pickup truck for the Mexican market, and it boasts some seriously impressive stats. Unfortunately, we already resent it because it's got that Baby Shark song stuck in our heads again. 

Anyway, now that we've offloaded that annoyance onto you, let’s kick off with the technical details. The Shark gets a 1.5-litre turbocharged combustion engine that's paired with two electric motors (one on each axle) for a total of 435bhp. There's a maximum towing capacity of 2.5 tonnes, a 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds and an all-electric range of 62 miles from a 29.58kWh battery.

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Step back for a second and you’d be forgiven for thinking that BYD's designers had been copying Ford's homework, such are the similarities between this and an F-150, but we're told that this truck is meant to take after the ‘agility’ of the marine kingdom's most terrifying resident. 

Still, like an actual shark BYD’s pickup does at least have size on its side. The brand claims it has the largest body size of any vehicle in its class: 5,457mm in length and 1,925mm in height, meaning it fits in between the Ranger and F-150 nicely. Don't expect it to go on sale in the US any time soon, though. Will we get it in the UK? That's probably equally as unlikely. 

Shame, because the interior looks fairly nifty too, with a 12in multimedia display, a 10.25in instrument cluster and a centre console with plenty of physical switches to operate… stuff. 

Want to get your hands on one? In Mexico, the Shark will set you back the equivalent of just over £42,000 in entry-level 'Baby' trim (we made that up, it's actually called GL trim). Would you be tempted if the BYD Shark were to land in the UK at a similar price point?

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