New BYD Shark Plug-in Hybrid Pick-up Unveiled: Can It Rival The Toyota Hilux?

BYD has finally unveiled the much-awaited plug-in hybrid (PHEV) pick-up, the Shark. According to the brand, the Shark will slot into the mid-size pick-up segment and will rival the popular Toyota Hilux. However, the Chinese pick-up will have a massive advantage over the Hilux with its PHEV powertrain.

BYD Shark Price & Variants

For now, the Shark is only available in Mexico and is offered in two variants: GL & GS. Here are the pricing details:

VariantsMexican PesosAED (Approx.)

BYD Shark Design

The BYD Shark takes design cues from its namesake, the shark, for a look that’s both powerful and sleek. The front features vertically stacked LED headlights reminiscent of the Ford F-150, a prominent grille with the BYD logo taking centre stage, and a tough-looking skid plate for added protection.

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The overall design is a classic double-cab pickup with a muscular stance, accentuated by high ground clearance and large wheel arches. In the back, rectangular taillights connected by a lightbar mirror the design in the front, and a debossed BYD logo adds a finishing touch to the tailgate.

Other exterior features:

  • Dual-tone 18-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Front & Rear Scuff Plates
  • LED Lighting
  • Roof Rails
  • All-around Body Cladding
  • Black-out Pillars

BYD Shark Dimensions

Ground Clearance282mm
Towing Capacity2,500mm
Bed Length1,520mm
Bed Width1,500mm
Bed Height517mm
Approach Angle31 degrees
Departure Angle19.3 degrees

BYD Shark Interiors

BYD designed the Shark’s interior to blend practicality with modern aesthetics. The cabin uses soft-touch leatherette for a premium feel and with the double-cabin layout, it can seat 5 passengers in comfort. It also features up to 10 storage compartments scattered throughout the cabin for keeping your belongings organised.

BYD Shark Features & Tech

Much like other BYD cars, the Shark comes loaded with a ton of features and massive digital real estate. Here are the highlights:

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  • 10.25-inch Instrument Cluster
  • 12-inch Infotainment
  • 12-inch Heads-Up Display
  • Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
  • Powered & Ventilated Front Seats
  • 8-Speaker Audio
  • Karaoke Function
  • Dual-Zone Climate Control
  • Rear AC Vents
  • Wireless Phone Charger
  • 220V AC Power Outlet
  • Moonroof
  • Level 2 ADAS
  • 10 Airbags
  • ISOFIX Anchors
  • 360-Degree Camera

BYD Shark Engine Specs

The Shark is powered by a 1.5L turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine combined with dual electric motors and a 29.5kWh battery pack. The pick-up also has AWD courtesy of having a motor on each axle. Here are the performance figures: 

byd shark specs features phev technology pick-up
Electric Motors170kW (F)/150kW (R)
Max Power430hp
Peak Torque650Nm
0 to 100km/h5.7 seconds
Top Speed160km/h
Pure EV Range (NEDC)100KM
Combined Range840KM
Battery Pack29.5kWh
40kW DC Charging (30% -80%)20 Minutes

BYD Shark In The UAE

Pick-up trucks are very popular in the UAE and the Shark will fit right in. It features a powerful PHEV powertrain, off-road specs such as AWD, higher ground clearance and suspension to cope with the dune bashing. Additionally, the Shark is efficient and environmentally correct. 

byd shark specs features phev technology pick-up

We expect BYD to launch the Shark sometime this year in the UAE and could be priced starting at AED 200,000. In comparison, the Toyota Hilux’s top-spec GR variant is priced at AED 170,000 and is not as well-equipped or as efficient as the Shark. This could mean the Shark is sure to get a lot of visitors to the showroom when launched in the UAE.

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