Byton M-Byte at 2020 CES Consumer Electronics Show

Byton has been almost continuously unveiling its coming M-Byte crossover for the last three years, most recently at the Frankfurt and Guangzhou auto shows. It revealed it again yesterday at CES and introduced the North American market to some more details about what it calls “The world’s first smart device on wheels.”


The car will be put into production in mid-2020. The starting price in the European market is 45,000 euros. The car will be listed in China first, followed by the European and American markets.

First off, the basics: M-Byte will be a straight-up battery electric vehicle, not a hybrid or even a range-extender. You will have a choice between 72-kWh or 95-kWh battery packs offering ranges of 267 or 342 miles, respectively; that is, if you believe the Byton website, or 250 to 325 miles if you wrote down what CEO Daniel Kirchert said at CES. There will be two powertrains available: 268-hp RWD and 402-hp AWD. The whole thing rides on a platform made specifically as an electric car, not an internal combustion engine platform converted to EV use.

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