2019 Byton electric SUV concept revealed at the Milan Design week

Byton has unveiled a near production-ready version of its first model, a high-tech, premium-electric SUV, with its European market introduction as part of the Milan Design Week.

The concept of the event shown in Milan, was described as “85%” by the company boss Carston wide field of view. Smaller changes are likely to be necessary to comply with legal requirements, although wide-field described in the touchscreen-dominated interior as a “serial ready”.

The first prototype version of the SUV was completed in Byton plant in Nanjing, China last week. A small batch built, now used for crash testing, with the first development of prototypes, to be completed around the middle of the year.

The Byton concept shown in Italy, builds on the version that was revealed at CES earlier this year. The company says that the center of gravity of the machine is on so that the driver to ‘improve’ the time you spend in the car, instead of on-road performance.

The all-electric car goes on sale in China by the end of next year, before arriving in Europe and the United States in the year 2020, as the company the first model. It will have a range of up to 323 km, and in two powertrain configurations, including a twin-engine, four-wheel-drive system with 469bhp. The prices are expected to be of around £32,000.

To be followed by a sedan, the preview in concept in June of this year, and MPV, and use the same platform.

The new China-based company, which has development offices in Germany and the USA, and a senior management team includes several experienced automotive industry executives.

The company is headed by Carsten Breitfeld, BMW i, division together with designer Benoit Jacob. The company has also recently moved another high-profile appointments made, including the new head of vehicle engineering, David Twohig, of Alpine. The company’s marketing chief, Henrik Wenders, has also Byton from BMW i division

While the addition of Twohig, the new A110 won a lot of praise for its handling dynamics, points to the importance of ensuring the driving performance, Byton, says the focus of the brand in the coming era of really common, intelligent mobility and Autonomous.’

The SUV is available with a high level of driver-assistance systems, with features such as biometric recognition and a large infotainment display, the life in connection with a ‘Byton” cloud-sharing platform.

Like other new start-ups, such as the Geely-owned Lynk&Co, Byton traditional traders renounce in favour of a focus on online and a number of “brand stores” will be built with partners.

Byton presented the concept for its brand stores, at the event in Milan, and says they offer ‘extra’ to traditional retailers by allowing customers to ‘immersion in a range of subjects, in which Byton is at home”, including digital products and services. The first brand store opened in Shanghai at the end of this year.

Byton-SUV will come with driverless car technology from the industry-expert of Aurora. Aurora is under the direction of Google ‘ s former Autonomous in-chief, Chris Urmson driving, and some of the pioneers of the Autonomous car industry. Its technology allows for the level 4 autonomy, that is, it is to be able to, even without human intervention.

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Byton, said its SUV-feature driver assistance systems is based on the Aurora suite of hardware, including cameras, ultrasonic sensors, radar, and laser scanners. It has been designed so that components can be updated as the technology develops. The vehicle architecture is designed for 5G mobile data connection with speeds up to 10 Gbit per second.

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The Byton is available in two powertrain configurations with a single 268bhp electric motor-drive rear axle 295lb ft of torque, or a four-wheel produces-drive version with motors to drive each axis. The two motors in the four-wheel-drive version combine for 469bhp and 524lb ft of torque.

Electricity is stored in the modular lithium-ion batteries, which are a part of the vehicle chassis. While Byton not yet revealed the capacity of the battery, it says the car will have a range of 248 km, and rose to 323 km with an improved battery.

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The concept is 4850mm long, 1940mm wide and 1650mm high, and running on 22in wheels. At the front of the car, slim LED headlights, from the top, what Byton refers to a ‘smart surface’.

In place of the door handles, the concept of face-recognition cameras, which check of biometric data and will only allow the door to open to authorized users.

The interior is characterized by a 1250mm 250mm “Shared experience” and fills in the dashboard. It consists of three panels that can be individually adjusted. It is also used to show images from the three rear-facing cameras: two take the place of the exterior mirrors, a third in the car mounted in the rear. The brightness and the background color of the display adapts automatically to the prevailing light conditions.

The Shard experience-Display features gesture and voice control and can be operated by a smartphone app. There are two displays for the rear passengers, with the same control methods.

The most important driver information, including navigation systems, are integrated into a touch-controlled 8in drivers the Tablet in the steering wheel. The edges of the display-function-buttons for the drive selections, indicators and infotainment-Band.

Each seat has a facial recognition-to fit the camera to identify the user and allow you to transfer personal settings. The front seats can swivel by 12 degrees.

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