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Byton M-byte 2019: Chinese EV maker unveils insane interior design

Andrew Chesterton
Contributing journalist
CarsGuide

8 Jan 2019 • 2 min read

Chinese start-up Byton has torn the covers of its production-ready M-byte electric SUV, revealing what might be the most out-there interior design of recent times.

The Tesla competitor’s dash is covered – and we mean covered – by a massive single digital screen that stretches a whopping 1.25m from door to door, and measures 25cm in height.

To put that into perspective, the impressive infotainment screen in the Tesla Model 3 measures just 15 inches. The one in the M-byte, on the other hand, spans 49 inches. So a "that's not a screen, this is a screen" situation.

And if that’s not enough, Byton says its first production model will be equipped with “three additional display screens”, allowing it to offer “unique human-vehicle interaction incorporating voice recognition, touch control, biometric identification and hand gesture control technology”.

The brand says it will include face-recognition cameras that will identify registered drivers and passengers and unlock the doors for them, as well as activate seat and climate settings automatically.

Byton says its M-byte will go into production this year, launching in China in 2019 before hitting the road in the USA and Europe in 2020. The brand is targeting a US$45,000 ($62,968) starting price.

“The Byton SUV connects both the automotive and digital industries in ways that will deliver an entirely new connective experience for people on the move. The result is the world’s first Smart Intuitive Vehicle, or SIV,” says Byton CEO, Dr Carsten Breitfeld.

The production version will arrive in two variants; a rear-drive model that features a 71kWh battery pack and offers 200kW, 400Nm and a claimed range of 400km, and an AWD version with a 95kWh battery pack that serves up 350kW, 710Nm and a claimed range of 520km.

The Byton EV is being pitched as a mid-size SUV, measuring 4850mm in length and sitting on a 2945mm wheelbase.

Can the M-byte take a chunk out of Tesla? Tell us in the comments below.