Byton M-Byte Electric SUV Headed For Mass Production This Year

FEB 25 2019 BY GASGOO 18

We believe Byton is the real deal.

The electric vehicle startup BYTON is said to unveil the mass-produced model of the screen-filled M-Byte in the middle of 2019 and the vehicle’s presale will start at the same time with predicted prices ranging between RMB300,000 and RMB400,000.

 

Besides, the new model will reportedly hit the market at the end of the year and step into the U.S. market in 2020.

The M-Byte concept was first shown at the CES 2018. With shorter front and rear overhangs, the BEV model gets more room for passengers. Boasting a futuristic gene, it is outfitted with such configurators as LED headlights, luminous marks, two-tone vehicle body as well as the trendy taillight cluster that stretches across the rear end.

 

The new model measures 4,850mm long, 1,960mm wide and 1,650mm tall. Wheelbase for the car reaches 2,945mm.

The traditional side-opening car doors feature the function of BYTON Intuitive Access that is able to recognize human faces using the facial recognition technology. In addition, the rear-view mirror for conventional cars is replaced with rear-view camera.

 

Inside, a massive liquid crystal display measuring 125cm long and 25cm wide at the symmetrical center console supports gesture recognition application. In addition, there is a 9-inch touch screen located in the middle of the dual-spoke steering wheel, integrating a number of functions for driver’s operation like the seat adjustment.

The M-Byte mass-produced model is going to offer two power variants. The rear-wheel-drive version carries an electric motor at the rear axle, producing 272hp and 400N·m torque peak, while the all-wheel-drive version is powered by two electric motors at the front and rear axles with a combined output of 476hp and torque peak of 710 N·m.

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So it is 2″ longer than a Model 3, so probably Model Y sized.
It will cost $45k-$60k in China, add another 5%-10% for USA prices.

Only if there is a zero tariff trade deal or transport and distribution cost alone will add that 5-10% to those prices.

I think that large screen will be distracting especially at night.
But for autonomous vehicles I think it would be okay

It need a clever night mode at least – or else it will ruin the night vision for the driver.
It looks to be a bit high up. They should probably have lowered it 5cm at least.

Still.. will be cool to this vehicle on the street at well. Will this be a car for global export?

Dark mode will be ok

I’m not even sure its OK for a fully functional SAE level 4 or 5 autonomous vehicle.

I keep thinking the boys and girls over at Byton are smokin’ somethin’ really strong…

Hopefully, the Super Cinema Panorama Extravaganza above the dashboard will magically morph into a more standard driver interface before the car hits showroom floors.

“We believe Byton is the real deal.”

Color me skeptical. Byton is making some pretty big claims. The Wikipedia article describes it as “a car startup that aims to sell all-electric fully autonomous premium cars in 2020.”

No way is anybody going to be selling fully autonomous cars in 2020.

And as for Byton’s claim that it will sell cars in China, Europe, and the USA… well, I’ll believe it when I see news reported here at IEVs of that actually happening. I expect Chinese auto makers to enter the U.S. market eventually, but I don’t think any of them are that close to actually doing so.

Fully autonomous cars will probably not be on the roads in 2030 either.. but I’m sure we’ll see a lot of well developed drivers assist systems that can handle many situations.

I’ve been driving on some special roads over the last 3 years – and I’ve encountered things like rocks of varying size in the road (from rock slides). I’ve been driving on winter roads where the conditons was very special to put it mildly. I think there are so many situations that require a human mind to understand. A car will manage most situations pretty soon – but there is no way I would trust a system so much that I would sleep in the car while driving for example.
Due to my work I also see electronics and electromechanical parts fail in weird ways. Sometimes still kind of working with really weird side effects.

NHSTA approved two Chinese EVs recently, proving that the Chinese can meet US safety standards:

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/02/22/us-approves-chinese-electric-cars-imported-from-kandi/

I’d like to see Nio succeed also but I have doubts considering their battery swap ideas.

Byton with those claims also sounds far-fetched.

I hear they are having a difficult time securing the 900M screens needed for the 40K cars they plan to make.

I don’t have RMB300,000….. but I’ve got a Model 3

I just can’t take Byron seriously with that train wreck of a giant screen. I hope I’m proved wrong, the more EVs the merrier. But I’m skeptical.

Price?

Side profile looks good.

The busy front end seems to spoil the look.

Irrespective of price, the Byton’s ridiculous, mega-distracting movie screen above the dashboard will kill any chance this car could be legally sold in N. America.

So sad, because the rest of this crossover SUV looks great.

So they remove that screen for the US market. Things like that happen all the time.

Guys. Stop making such a big deal on the screen. A simple software update can dim, shift and shrink the screen to meet North American standards. As for autonomous driving capability, when the platform is smart enough and ready for deployment under a country’s regulatory requirements, it will be deployed as a software update. You can’t predict when that date will be for each country but the important thing is to be ready and make sure your hardware in built in the car and it is ready for that day to come.