That screen looks really sweet and I do like the design. But it's going to be very interesting to see how a Chinese company does in North America, they're going to have to do a lot of marketing to make their presence known in the States.
The production car bears a strong resemblance to the concept that was revealed earlier this year and retains that car’s distinctive 48in curved ‘Shared Experience Display’, the largest infotainment screen yet fitted to a production car.
The screen forms part of what Byton calls “a digital lounge feeling” and allows passengers to access connectivity services and vehicle controls.
The display can be controlled via an 7.0in screen located in the centre of the steering wheel or an 8.0in tablet mounted between the two front seats and is covered by a layer of shatter-proof glass to minimise risk of injury in a collision.
Other defining features of the interior are a flat floor (made possible by the lack of a transmission tunnel), a floating dashboard, rotating front seats and a comprehensive list of personalisation options.
The M-Byte range opens with the 72kWh entry-level model that's driven by a single, rear-mounted motor producing 268bhp and capable of 360 miles on the WLTP test cycle. An optional larger-capacity battery offers a range of up to 460 miles.
The range-topping four-wheel-drive variant has a 95kWh battery that yields a 435-mile range as standard and uses a motor on each axle for a power output of 402bhp.
All versions of the M-Byte are capable of 150kW rapid charging and can therefore be topped up to 80% capacity from empty in as little as 35 minutes.
China's economic boom has left lots of investors with capital they're just waiting to invest.That screen looks really sweet and I do like the design. But it's going to be very interesting to see how a Chinese company does in North America, they're going to have to do a lot of marketing to make their presence known in the States.
I can definitely see that happening if they're willing to put their money where their mouth is. Especially if Byton's performance and quality is on the same level as everyone elses.China's economic boom has left lots of investors with capital they're just waiting to invest.
With all that money I bet these Chinese automakers will put up a big fight, especially if they can keep attracting the right talent.