The Byton M-Byte is a great electric car. It is on track to deliver ample performance, comfort and refinement. Designed in Germany, engineered in Silicon Valley, and manufactured in China.
Byton M-Byte apart from the crowd. Its signature feature will be a 48-inch (122 cm) infotainment display that works with a 7-inch (17.78 cm) steering-wheel-mounted touchpad and an 8-inch (20 cm) console-mounted touchpad. Both the driver and front passenger will be able to control just about every aspect of the M-Byte through those touchpads using multi-gesture controls. Such as the hazard lights and gear selector, still use physical controls.
A unique feature of the M-Byte is that, when parked, the front seats will be able to pivot toward each other by 12 degrees to facilitate conversation. Rear-seat passengers, meanwhile, will have their own tablets.
M-Byte’s party piece is the front seats. The rear seat can be optioned as a three across bench or as two individual bucket seats.
The car in question is a pretty special one to Byton: PP02, only the second model to come off the line. It’s a rear-wheel-drive edition with the smaller 72kWh battery pack – so this 4.9-metre long, 2.3-tonne SUV has 268bhp, enough for a 0-62mph time of 7.5 seconds, and a range of around 260 miles between charges. Boot space ranging from 550 litres to 1,450 litres with the second row folded down.
There’s no word yet on how big the M-Byte’s cargo hold is, but it should be similar in size to key rivals