Byton Premieres Crossover Concept At CES With Ambitious Production Goals

Electric carmaker startup Byton has just premiered its Crossover Concept at CES 2018 in Las Vegas and if the vehicle reaches production, it could be a very tantalizing prospect.

Byton has revealed that its crossover will be able to travel approximately 250 miles in base specification and feature a battery that can be charged with 150 miles of range in a mere 20 minutes. Additionally, it’ll take just 30 minutes to top the battery up to 80 per cent of its capacity.

Beyond its powertrain, Byton says the Crossover Concept will have Level 3 autonomous functionality by the time it hits the production launch and be capable of achieving Level 4 autonomy at a later date. Byton has also ditched traditional wing mirrors for the crossover and instead uses two small cameras that direct vision to the vehicle’s cabin.

The exterior design of the vehicle is intriguing but it is the cabin where things get really interesting. The concept features a huge 49-inch display that stretches the whole width of the dashboard which Byton says will make its way into the production vehicle. Furthermore, the Crossover Concept adopts a large display in the center of the steering wheel but we don’t think that’ll make it to production due to the lack of space for an airbag.

Other intriguing features of the vehicle include a customized version of Amazon Alexa and the ability for the car to monitor the heart rate and blood pressure of occupants.

The founders of Byton say the crossover will reach production in 2019 and start at around $45,000 with the Chinese, U.S., and European markets all being targeted. If the vehicle proves successful, it could be joined by an electric sedan and electric MPV.

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  • baofe

    Enough with these electric tech car startups showing off concept models. We get it. You have great ideas/ visions for the future. But showing us a concept (aka: not real, never real, not guarantee it will appear in an actual model) is not going to get any bonus points from me. Give us an actual, proper release model once it’s complete so we can actually tell if your company is worth anything.

    • LWOAP

      SILENCE YOU NON-BELIEVER!

      ACCEPT YOUR EV OVERLORDS OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES!!!

      (This website paid me to type this)

    • PB

      Best post ever on this overbaked, increasingly scam-like topic.

  • Its already been done

    EV Startups are the ponzi schemes for the millennial generation…..there’s one born every minute and a thousand millennials lining up to give them their money.

  • Bash

    The exterior is fine; excellent in fact.. its the interior where the designer failed to envision a practical and realistic design.

  • Miknik

    Nice looking, with hints of a larger BMW i3;

  • salamOOn

    looks like Lucid motors SUV model…. i like it. except too many displays and cameras inside…

  • Braddo

    Looks great. Let’s hope they make it to production. Shame a big co. like Toyota or Ford don’t invest in one of these startup companies – they could make alot

  • Honda NSX-R

    Looks great.

  • KareKakk

    “Ambitious Production Goals”?? As in Borgward and Qoros? Well, impress me… but I’m not holding my breath.

    • paulgdeaton

      Ironically – and very surprisingly – I was riding down the street in Vientiane, Laos, in December, and a Borgward dealership appeared! I later saw a newspaper article that said the dealership was delivering cars.

      It seems strange that sales would have started at such a remote – and small – market.

  • what’s the difference between this and LucidAir, or Faraday Futur? looks design by the same people. I feel like my Grand parents for whom every modern cars look the same.

  • Funny !!

  • Six Thousand Times

    Sure, fellas. Sure.

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