A Chinese startup will start selling cars in the United States in 2021. Firstborn – Byton M-ByteNovember 25, 2019
The company received the necessary licenses in order to begin selling electric cars in the United States. The price of the M-Byte crossover is known.
Natives of BMW and Nissan created a Chinese startup in 2017, so the Byton brand appeared (the FAW group owns 15%). The president of the company is Daniel Kirchert, who previously headed the Infiniti branch in China, and Benoit Jacob, who worked in the BMW i, became vice president of design. The young brand intends to sell cars not only in China, but also in Europe, as well as in the USA. Cars will go to dealers in the home market in 2020, and abroad in 2021.
Byton received the necessary licenses to enable the brand to start selling cars in the US in a couple of years. Thus, the state of California issued a brand and a dealer license for the local retail company Byton Cars California, and a distribution license for the North American company Byton Americas. This means that a Chinese startup will be able to sell cars to customers in California, as well as online customers from other states.
The first-born of the brand will be the electric crossover M-Byte. His forerunner was the Byton Concept show car, presented in January 2018 at the CES in Las Vegas. The design of the concept SUV was developed in a studio in Munich, and software was created in California. In September of this year, the brand has already brought a production version of the cross to the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The product version of the electric crossover almost repeats the concept, except that it has side rear-view mirrors, the wheels have a different design, the front bumper and head optics are slightly different. In the cabin, the main feature was preserved – a 48-inch digital dashboard. At the same time, the multimedia system can also be controlled using physical buttons, or by voice and gestures. In addition, additional touch screens are provided, one of which is located on the steering wheel, the second – between the driver and passenger. The front seats unfold 180 degrees. The basic version is offered with a traditional three-seater back sofa, the second row in the form of two separate seats is optionally available.
Competition to the Chinese electrocross will be Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron. The length of the Byton M-Byte is 4875 mm, the distance between the axles is 2950 mm. It means that it is longer than the Jaguar I-Pace (4682 mm), but loses to it in the wheelbase (2990 mm). And in comparison with another rival – Audi e-tron – the opposite is true: the “Chinese” is shorter (the length of the Audi “crossover” is 4901 mm), but it wins in terms of the distance between the axles (2928 mm).
M-Byte will be offered with rear or all-wheel drive. The initial version is equipped with a 272-horsepower electric motor mounted on the rear axle and a battery capacity of 72 kW * h. Such an electric car can travel 360 km on a single charge (the calculation was carried out according to the WLTP cycle). The richer version has two electric motors with a total output of 408 hp. and a battery with a capacity of 95 kWh. Cruising range is 435 km. Charge any of the batteries up to 80% in about 35 minutes. The maximum speed is 190 km / h. From 0 to 100 km / h, the base M-Byte accelerates in 7.5 seconds, the top – in 5.5 seconds.
Byton in the United States will partner with Electrify America, so M-Byte owners will have access to DC Fast’s network of public charging stations for electric cars. The network by 2021 will have more than 3.5 thousand charges in all states.
Soon in China, at the plant in Nanjing, the mass production of the first electric vehicle of the Byton brand will begin. The starting price tag of the M-Byte electric crossover in the US market is already known – 45 thousand dollars. For comparison, the initial cost of the Jaguar I-Pace in the US is 69.5 thousand dollars, and the Audi e-tron – 74.8 thousand dollars
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