What’s the largest possible screen you’d expect to see in a production car? Now take that and double it. That’s how huge the Byton M-Byte EV’s screen will be.
- Chinese carmaker Byton confirmed its all-electric M-Byte SUV will include a standard 48-inch infotainment screen.
- M-Byte will start at $45,000 and include front seats that can turn inward by 12 degrees.
- Despite tariffs, Byton expects to put the M-Byte on sale in 2020.
In April, upstart Chinese automaker Byton revealed that it was testing its vehicles under North American winter conditions. The electric vehicles and their onboard electronics must have performed well. Because this week, Byton confirmed that it will offer as standard equipment on the entry-level version of its M-Byte electric SUV a simply massive 48-inch screen mounted to the dash.
Soon, it seems, we’ll be talking about the screen and then mention that it comes car-like carrying case, instead of the other way around. We’re not there yet, the M-Byte will start at $45,000 — so that’s not simply infotainment screen money. Close, but not entirely.
The gargantuan screen is utilized with gesture controls as well as a touchscreen mounted in the center of the M-Byte’s steering wheel — as if simply having a massive screen weren’t enough. Facial recognition will have to be flexible, too, because the M-Byte’s front seats can swivel inward 12 degrees each.
To better understand whether the M-Byte’s infotainment system is being controlled by the driver or passenger, the SUV will include directional microphones as well as the facial recognition. Thankfully, climate controls will not necessarily be operated through a series of apps and screens — ideal for when you want to change the interior temp ASAP.
Despite tariffs, Byton aims to offer its initial models in the U.S. by 2020 following an official unveil this fall.