Byton has shown off its first production vehicle, the M-Byte, at the IAA in Frankfurt, which features state-of-the-art technology, autonomous driving ability and pure electric power.
With testing of the M-Byte spanning back to mid-2018, the company is currently in the AP (Attribute Prototype) stage of testing, as it prepares to enter production in China by mid-2020, and Europe and North America in 2021.
The entry level M-Byte features a single rear-mounted electric motor with peak output of 200kW (272 PS), with a claimed range of 360km (224 miles) on the WLTP cycle. A higher spec 4WD configuration will offer 300kW (408 PS), with an average range of 435km (270 miles).
The battery capacity of the BYTON`s M-byte entry level model will be 72kWh. The 4WD high level model has a battery capacity of approximately 95kWh, capable of an 80% charge in around 35 using a 150kW fast charger.
“As one of the most important motor shows in the world, the IAA is a yardstick for us. We are on the verge of starting series production and the feedback from media and especially from our future customers, is of great relevance to us. [The] unveiling of the Byton M-Byte also shows the effort paying off for the team, which has worked relentlessly on the car for over two years. Within that short amount of time, together we have taken a smart electric car from an initial idea on a white sheet of paper to series production readiness, while also building a coherent infrastructure with locations on three continents and an efficient Industry 4.0 production facility in China. We can rightfully be proud of this,” says Dr Daniel Kirchert, Byton, chief executive officer and founder.
Watch the Frankfurt Motor Show keynote presentation to see more about the smart SUV.