Future of Cars: Byton’s Electric SUV

Chinese electric car startup Byton on Sunday unveiled a concept model previewing a fully connected electric SUV promised for launch in 2019 with a starting price of about $45,000. Byton is pitching its SUV as a smartphone on wheels, essentially making it a “smartcar.” While still a concept, the SUV is expected to come in a few different packages, with the base promising 272 horsepower and a range of around 250 miles. It will come with an extensive list of infotainment features, including a 1250mm by 250mm touchscreen featuring menus that are interactive for both driver and passengers. This will be accompanied by a tablet that mounts to the steering wheel and can be used to control car functions. The car would be capable of a 350 km (217 miles) range in standard form, with a 500 km (311 miles) version also available. And 10 min of charging will give 120 km (76 miles) of range. Following the launch of Byton‚Äôs SUV, a saloon is planned to go on sale from 2021, before a seven-seat MPV joins the line-up in 2022. Compare this SUV with our list of the most powerful SUVs.