One more instance of the upcoming BYD electrified pickup has been spied forward of its beforehand confirmed Australian launch in 2024.
This has allowed us to get a glimpse on the ute’s entrance fascia that positively has some F-150 Raptor styling cues, with a grille spelling out BYD. It additionally appears to be like much like the most recent Foton Tunland, which is now not bought in Australia.
In China this BYD pickup will reportedly be out there with plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and all-electric powertrains. It’ll additionally reportedly include rear- or all-wheel drive.
BYD in Australia has been purely EV-only up to now and not too long ago dominated out introducing the Frigate 07 PHEV SUV regionally.
Luke Todd, managing director of native BYD distributor EVDirect, informed CarExpert in December 2022 this electrical pickup has been “designed round Australian circumstances”, with each Chinese language and Australian engineers engaged on the mission.
Mr Todd described the BYD electrical pickup as a “sports activities muscle ute” and mentioned it’s barely bigger than the Toyota HiLux.
Additional official particulars are nonetheless scarce, however the ute is predicted to be fitted with BYD’s in-house ‘Blade’ lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries which can be designed to deal with a nail check with out thermal runaway.
Abroad stories recommend the BYD electrical pickup can be revealed as a near-production idea at this 12 months’s Chengdu Auto Present in September, with a Chinese language market launch across the fourth quarter of 2023.
‘New vitality car’ model BYD is at present increasing at a speedy tempo, rolling out its EVs in Europe, Japan, and Australia – the place its Atto 3 small SUV is promoting in sturdy numbers after a few launch velocity bumps.
In truth, the Warren Buffet-back EV and battery provider eclipsed three million EV and PHEV gross sales globally in November final 12 months.
Hypothesis suggests the BYD pickup may be bought underneath the corporate’s so-called F sub-brand. An SUV from this sub-brand that’s reportedly primarily based on the pickup was not too long ago teased.
Along with its premium spinoff Denza and the not too long ago launched Yangwang model, BYD plans to launch “one other new model” which can specialize in “skilled and personalised identities, masking household vehicles and luxurious vehicles”.
“The model will harness the co-creation with customers and warmly welcome all of the franchised dealerships to hitch BYD for its promotion,” it added, suggesting the vehicles with increased levels of personalisation.