Chinese Byton Start-Up Introduced A Future Rival Of The Tesla Model S
The Byton K-Byte Concept sedan is presented in Shanghai, the mass production of which begins in 2021. The new brand cars are expected to challenge the Tesla models, in particular the Model S.
The K-Byte sedan is the second prototype that Byton showed this year. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, the Chinese company introduced the Concept SUV crossover. It has been renamed into the M-Byte for agreement with the new structure of the Byton names.
The new sedan is close to the D-segment: its length is 4,950 mm, width is 1,950 mm, height is 1,500 mm, wheelbase is 3,000 mm.
The Byton brand cooperates with the Aurora company, whose experts are developing the 4th level autopilot for the new car. Testing of the prototype will start before the end of 2020.
The production version of the K-Byte is expected three years later. By then, Byton plans to launch up to 30 stores in China itself, and then move to Europe and North America.
The M-Byte SUV is expected on the market in the second half of 2019. It received a powerful battery (71 kWh) and a 270-hp electric motor. The reserve of autonomy is forecasted within 400 km. There will be a more powerful version – 95 kW and 475 hp respectively.