Chinese electric vehicle maker Byton presented at the CES 2019 their concept cars M-Byte and K-Byte to a larger audience. Founded in 2016, the startup made its entry with a coup by poaching several key executives from BMW, some of whom were in charge of the BMW’s i8 development.
The M-Byte Crossover is expected to become available in the U.S. in mid-2020. Two battery packages will be offered, one with 71 kWh, the other with 95 kWh. The range is expected to be 250 miles (400 kilometers) and 325 miles (520 kilometers) respectively. The standard will be a single rear-mounted electric motor, with dual motor options available later.
Base price is expected to be at 45,000 dollars. According to Byton the M-Byte is “85 percent production ready.” The vehicle will be built in the already existing factory in Nanjing. Currently 100 prototypes were already built.
The car was displayed in two variants, one in grey (following series) and in white.
Here is the M-Byte again, this time with a white exterior, and a blue-white color-scheme for the interior. A homage to Bavaria by the former BMW-executives now working for Byton?
The concept Byton K-Byte is already designed as an autonomous vehicle. The Velodyne-LiDARs are integrated in the car, as can be seen on the roof, the sides, and the front. There are no further details on what the price will be. The company plans to bring it to the market in 2021.
This article was also published in German.