September 24, 2019

Byton Reveals M-Byte Electric SUV

The Byton M-Byte
The Byton M-Byte

Chinese electric vehicle company Byton has unveiled its M-Byte SUV 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 200kW 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 to 100km of range in around 10 minutes.

The M-Byte is the company’s first model to go into series production at Byton’s own plant in Nanjing, China. Entry price starts at €45,000 ($AU72,500).

Byton plans to start production for the Chinese market in middle of 2020. Pre-orders in Europe and North America start in 2020, followed by market entry 2021.