An all-new electric vehicle brand took to the stands of the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, debuting an SUV concept set to challenge a coming wave of electric vehicles.
The new company, called Byton, is the work of former BMW i8 program director Carsten Breitfeld and Infiniti China boss Daniel Kirchert.
The 2018 SUV concept features a plethora of advanced technologies including facial recognition in place of a traditional key and tiny cameras instead of rear view mirrors.
Pitched as a “Smart Intuitive Vehicle” rather than an SUV, the car is designed to interact seamlessly with smartphones and wearable technology such as fitness trackers.
Inside the concept a massive 49-inch “shared experience display” spans the full width of the dashboard dominating the interior, while the driver gets a steering wheel-mounted touchscreen that should raise an eyebrow from crash safety experts.
Powered by electric motors in the front and rear that make 150kW and 200kW respectively, the Byton concept promises an electric range of up to 500km and the ability to reach 100km/h in about five seconds.
Set to be sold in China at first, the model will then go on sale in Europe and the US, where it is tipped to cost around US$45,000 (A$57,365) - significantly less than Tesla’s US$79,500 (A$101,365, but priced from A$142,832 plus on-roads in Australia) Model X SUV.
Byton has not announced plans for right-hand drive production, making it unlikely to go on sale in Australia at this stage.