Byton shows M-Byte, a premium smart electric SUV
Chinese electric vehicle company Byton has unveiled its M-Byte at the Frankfurt Motor Show and it’s a crowd-pleasing design – certainly on the inside, where it appears to have kept the monster 48-inch curved display that was part of last year’s concept version and which stretches across the base of the windscreen.
Users can interact with the display via 7-inch Driver Tablet, 8-inch Co-Driver Tablet, gesture control, voice commands (partnering with Amazon Alexa), and hard-buttons. Very cool stuff.
Stunning interior tech aside, the M-Byte is to be available with a 72kWh battery (360km range) or an extended version with 95kWh (460 km range). The motor is mounted on the rear axle on the rear-wheel drive version and this version offers 200 kW of power. The 4WD comes with an additional 150kW front e-motor.
AC charging is up to 22 kW, while DC fast charging is up to 150kW that will, the company says, allow recharging of 100km of range in around 10 minutes.
The Byton M-Byte is the company’s first model to go into series production in its own plant in Nanjing, China. Entry price is €45,000 ($AU72,500).
Byton plans to start production for the Chinese market in 2020. Pre-orders in Europe and North America start in 2020, followed by market entry in 2021.
10 Oct 2019
Original source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (Oct 2019)