More spy shots of the upcoming BYD electric ute have surfaced online recently, giving us a better idea as to what the model will look like before its camouflage wrap comes off.
Until then, we can see that the yet to be named pickup features a separate bed and a dual cab body like similar models. Many of its design features remain hidden but the front end looks as if it has a lightbar spanning between both headlights, similar to that found on the F-150 Lightning.
The central infotainment screen looks to be mounted in a portrait position while the tablet-like driver’s display behind the steering wheel is separate.
A giveaway for what lays under the bonnet also appears in the spy shots with the gauge cluster showing an engine light, kW power meter, battery capacity level, and fuel gauge, suggesting plug-in hybrid (PHEV) power. The images show a near full fuel tank which notes at least 1079km of range.
According to CarNewsChina, the model will be offered in fully electric form as well with either a rear-wheel or four-wheel drive powertrain. The PHEV is said to get BYD’s new DM-i hybrid technology featuring a turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol engine and two electric motors.
Multiple news outlets suggest the model is aimed at the lifestyle sector, targeting customers who live urban but venture out to the country in the weekend to camp, cycle, hike, etc.
The model will likely be a direct competitor to the Radar RD6, another Chinese made pickup made by rival brand Geely.
While it hasn’t shown its face in full just yet, the BYD electric ute and PHEV variant don’t look too far off production. CarNewsChina expects it to make a full reveal at the Chengdu Auto Show this September.