Chinese car maker Byton to challenge Tesla in hi-end EV segment
Apparently, the Chinese car manufacturer Byton is seriously going to fight for customer attention with the U.S.-based Tesla Motors. The company is streamlining the production of premium-grade electric vehicles and has demonstrated the first of these at a motor expo in Shanghai.
The all-electric K-Byte Concept has a futuristic exterior design that echoes some features of the Lucid Air and the Faraday Future FF91. Based on the photos, the sedan is relatively compact. Its front fascia appears to have an abundance of LED lights on it. There are no door knobs or side mirrors to be seen, the latter made obsolete by slide-out cameras. The production vehicle is not going to get either of these gimmicks, though, since there are strict legal limitations imposed on such potentially unsafe designs in many countries.
The K-Byte may ship with the same engine choice as the M-Byte crossover SUV currently on the market, i.e. a single 272hp / 203 kW strong electric engine and an engine duo capable of 476 hp / 355 kW.
The sedan is also quite likely to take advantage of the SAE Level IV autopilot tech currently being developed by Byton in cooperation with Aurora. Should such a technology make it into a series release, the driver won’t have to keep an eye on the road at all times.
The production is scheduled for 2021. The prices remain unannounced, but since the company said the Tesla Model 3 would be the main market rival of the K-Byte, it is logical to assume that the newcomer will be priced well above $25,000.