BYTON Reveals “K-Byte” Electric Sedan With $45,000 Price Tag

JUN 12 2018 BY TOM MOLOUGHNEY 23

Fresh off the opening of their new global headquarters in Nanjing, China, today in Shaghai BYTON hosted the world premier of their new Concept Sedan dubbed the K-Byte.

The K-Byte will come with the same $45,000 price tag as the previously announced SUV. BYTON has this to say about their latest introduction: “Unlike the BYTON Concept One, this show car is not a pre-production concept; instead it embodies BYTON’s intent to reinterpret what has become an outdated body type: the sedan.”

Additionally, we learned that the naming strategy for BYTON’s vehicles will include the word “Byte” in all of their series production vehicles. BYTON stands for “Bytes on Wheels” symbolizing the digital power of BYTON’s offerings and the brand’s vision for
a connected, mobile life. The previously revealed SUV, which will launch in China in late 2019 will be called the M-Byte.

“By adopting this naming strategy, BYTON celebrates our brand DNA as a next-generation smart device,” said Dr. Carsten Breitfeld, CEO and co-founder, BYTON. “Following from our first model, the BYTON M-Byte Concept, the K-Byte Concept represents a breakthrough in the design of smart connected vehicles. It changes the design language of traditional cars, delivering a perfect blend of elegance, style, luxury, and sportiness, and introducing new design aesthetics in the age of shared mobility and autonomous driving.”

From the BYTON press release:

Trend-setter: Defining the new aesthetics of autonomous driving

Sensor integration for autonomous driving is front and center within the K-Byte Concept’s design aesthetic. With an elegant and slender module on the rooftop, the bow-shaped BYTON LiBow system integrates front and rear lidar sensors to allow for a full-view panoramic scan of the vehicle’s surroundings. BYTON’s retractable LiGuards side lidar system is located below the side-view cameras. The system will deploy in autonomous driving mode to ensure driving safety and retract automatically during parking maneuvers; moreover, these lidars can all be illuminated for a range of specific purposes, such as signaling pedestrians.

Bodywork and design. BYTON’s designers, without any superfluous decoration, have carefully polished each line, although the innovative C-pillar design takes its inspiration from the buttresses seen in architecture, presenting a graceful curve while delivering aerodynamic performance. The windows and sunroof are expanded to emphasize safety while creating a generous greenhouse enabling drivers and passengers to fully enjoy the outside world. The BYTON K-Byte Concept also has an impressive front face, upgraded BYTON Smart Surfaces deployed on both fascia and tail for a stunning echo effect, and a layout of light strips creating a deep three-dimensional visual while giving an enhanced sense of technology being utilized. Immediately above the Smart Surfaces is an integrated taillight that runs through to the tail and drawing comparisons to the horizon.

BYTON has previously stated that the SUV, now known as the M-Byte, will launch in late 2019 with level 3 autonomous driving technology. We’ve also learned that as soon as  late 2020, BYTON believes they will be road testing a fleet of cars with level 4 autonomous features:

BYTON has partnered with Aurora, the world’s leading autonomous driving technology firm, to develop a Level 4 (L4) autonomous driving program. L4 is defined as a state where the car can operate without human input or oversight but only under specific select conditions. By the end of 2020, the two companies will have a fleet of prototype vehicles with L4 autonomous driving capabilities ready for testing, in preparation for L4-ready mass production and delivery.

Like the M-Byte SUV, the K-Byte will come in two versions. A base, two-wheel drive model with a 71 kWh battery and a 272 electric motor. There will also be the high-performance all-wheel-drive version, which has a 95 kWh battery and a 476 HP electric motor. The claimed ranges are 250 miles per charge and 325 miles per charge respectively. However, that’s by using the NEDC test protocol, which is not realistic in real-world driving conditions. I think roughly 200, and 260 miles per charge is probably more realistic.

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23 Comments on "BYTON Reveals “K-Byte” Electric Sedan With $45,000 Price Tag"

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Dave
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Dave

Car looks good, but the pricing I suspect will creep a bit… ala Model 3?

John
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John

Thank god not i-something or e-something ! Looks actually very good.

Will
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Will

I love the design. A mix between Cadillac and Benz

Prince Elon
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Prince Elon

Damn this is ugly.
If it was a horse, I’d shoot it.

SansIce
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SansIce

Yeah – not sure what these guys are seeing. The front face with the huge black plastic smile is disturbing. If that whole front black piece was body colored – it would be ok. I kind of dig it from the front wheels back.

Dav8or
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Dav8or

Agreed. That big grinning electric grill is ridiculous. This new idea of having big displays front and back to have flashing, animated graphics, or whatever has got to be the worst styling gimmick yet.

Chris O
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Chris O

Looks Model 3 size so if Model 3 gets 310 miles from 75KWh I don’t see why 250 miles from 71KWh and 325 miles from 95KWH would be ” not realistic in real-world driving conditions”. Seems perfectly feasible to me based on battery sizes and energy consumption of similar cars.

In fact I’m surprised at these modest range claims for a concept car from a Chinese start up. Maybe they are trying to keep it real? That would be a good sign.

Chris O
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Chris O

…OTOH offering what appears to be 4 lidar units which currently cost ~$20K a pop in a $45K car is not all that real at this point.

stimpacker
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stimpacker

They’re much cheaper these days and that’s based on US supplier pricing. They should be able to get them for less.

Also, like the integration of the sensors. Much better than the $100K science project Chevy Bolts from Cruise Automation.

Competition is good.

Chris O
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Chris O

According to GM Lidar cost is at $20K these days and even $10K is just a target at this point on a long road towards the $300 +250% range increase it is targeting and Byton will also need for its $45K autonomous car dream:

https://insideevs.com/gm-to-go-large-scale-with-self-driving-cars-in-u-s-in-2019/

Mr. M
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Mr. M

There are like 20 different types of lidar systems. Of course if you want that high technical stuff that can detect a cyclists 180m away that is partially behind a bush and at 80°C sideways to your position, behind 5 lanes of driving cars, then you need a lidar for 10.000$ or more. If you want to detect targets in front, you can get lidars for 10$. If you want a moving lidar your price increases to 50$. Autonomous driving level 3 can be made with components for around 100$-500$ depending on the quality that you want to sell.

Level 4 might not need more. Level 4 says it can drive alone and knows when to give controll back to the human, just restrict the level 4 system to highways only and your component cost increases nearly nothing. If you want to drive through cities the hurde beginns to climb by a dozen of factors and of course your technical components and their according prices.

Mr. M
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Mr. M

You can get 7slice Front facing lidars for 500€, and rotating lidars with medium Resolution for 200€.

Not all lidars cost a fortune.

heisenberghtseriously
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heisenberghtseriously

You are right. Lidar is getting cheaper and cheaper… I can see a path where it will be so cheap that even Tesla will have to integrate it.

I really enjoy that different manufacturers are going different ways when it comes to autonomous driving. Tesla will develop multi-camera based CV systems and the others will drive lidar cost down. Once algorithms are mature for both systems computing power will be sufficient to handle both systems at a time….

At that point we might see the lidar system learn from camera-based tagging and the other way around… The result will be a combined system which will by far exceed the capabilities of current systems. Mainly due to the fact that the camera based system will teach the lidar system and the lidar system teaches the camera system.

D-Neural Net teaching D-Neural Net thats really cool (yet frightening) stuff…

Combine that with a large amount of people teaching both systems….

No way we won’t see autonomous vehicles which outcompete 99.9999% of all drivers in 99.9999% of all situations by 9-9-2019 (I like that overly optimistic deadline 😉 )

Will
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Will

Lidar is becoming cheaper and smaller now

R.S
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R.S

Maybe it’s more Model S sized? Chinese customers like rear legroom. The Model 3 is rather limited, when it comes to rear seat comfort.

Chris O
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Chris O

Even so: S100D gets 335 miles EPA so why wouldn’t the 95KWh AWD version of this car not get 325miles?

Tom Moloughney
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Tom Moloughney

This is bigger than a Model 3. I don’t have the dimensions, but it definitely appears taller and longer than a Model 3.

ModernMarvelFan
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ModernMarvelFan

side and rear looks good. Front is a bit too much. (I like the Model S front better). In some way, it looks like an ugly mesh of Mirai and Clarity….

MTN Ranger
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MTN Ranger

I agree the front is over designed. I actually love the rear, very futuristic.

Dave
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Dave

Yes, but by the time they get to mass production it should be a bit simplified?

Hank
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Hank

But the press release says it is “without any superfluous decoration”!

AutoDataNet
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AutoDataNet

I actually really do like it – love the design of the sedan and particularly the front. Would love to know more about its behavior on the road