In 2025, the BYD Shark plug-in hybrid ute has been unveiled, boasting faster speeds than a Ranger Raptor. This vehicle is set to arrive in Australia later this year.

Australia’s First Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle, The BYD Shark, to Hit Australian Showrooms Later This Year

Australia is set to welcome its first plug-in hybrid vehicle with the arrival of the BYD Shark, a pickup truck from Chinese car manufacturer BYD. The Shark promises diesel-like fuel economy coupled with the performance of a twin-turbo petrol V6.

The BYD Shark has finally been unveiled in all its glory, set to grace Australian showrooms later this year. As the first plug-in hybrid pickup truck to hit local markets, the Shark boasts impressive fuel consumption of 7.5 liters per 100 km in hybrid mode, similar to a four-cylinder diesel, and a range of up to 100 km with electric propulsion alone. Furthermore, it offers more power and quicker acceleration than a V6 Ford Ranger, with a biturbo gasoline engine.

Larger than a Ford Ranger or Toyota HiLux but smaller than a Ford F-150 or Ram 1500, the Shark features ladder-shaped underpinnings and a braked towing capacity of 2,500kg. Setting it apart from other best-selling utility vehicles is its independent rear suspension in addition to the common front suspension, potentially improving off-road performance but reducing load capacity.

Equipped with a 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine combined with two electric motors, the BYD Shark boasts a combined power output of “more than” 316kW. It offers impressive acceleration, with a 0-100 km/h time of 5.7 seconds in hybrid mode, rivaling hot hatch performance and surpassing Australia’s best-selling diesel vehicles.

BYD claims the Shark can achieve up to 100 km of electric range with its plug-in battery pack, while in hybrid mode, it offers a fuel consumption of 7.5L/100km and a total range of 840km based on NEDC laboratory testing.

The Shark is distinguished by its “world’s first longitudinal electric hybrid system,” with all four wheels being driven by electric motors, while the gasoline engine directly powers the front wheels. The hybrid system prioritizes electric motor propulsion for up to 80 percent of total trips and features a fast battery recharge capability.

With a ladder-frame chassis and independent suspension, the Shark measures 5,457mm long, 1,971mm wide, and 1,925mm high, with a 3,260mm wheelbase. It offers a payload of up to 835kg, a braked towing capacity of 2500kg, and a tray volume of 1450 liters. The body is constructed using high-strength steel, with the battery forming part of the chassis structure for enhanced rigidity.

The Shark comes with variable torque split between the front and rear wheels and offers three ‘terrain’ modes for off-road use. Its impressive styling includes prominent branding, full-width LED lighting, side steps, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the Shark features a large 12.8-inch rotating infotainment touchscreen, a 10.25-inch instrument display, a 12-inch head-up display, and leather-look seat trim. It comes equipped with advanced safety features such as autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and more.

The 2025 BYD Shark is set to arrive in Australian showrooms later this year, marking a significant step in the country’s automotive market. With its combination of fuel efficiency, performance, and advanced technology, the Shark is poised to make a splash in the Australian automotive scene.