Meet the Byton concept car, an electric SUV for our connected future

A brand-new electric car has made its debut at CES, and no, we're not talking about Faraday Future

This is the Byton concept car, an "intuitive" SUV that the company's founders drove onto the stage at CES 2018

What was revealed is a sleek-looking vehicle, resembling the hatchback profile of the Tesla Model X. The door handles and antennas are invisible, and the car is said to be designed for maximum aerodynamic efficiency. 

There's a touchscreen in the steering wheel, and Byton's founders say it's the first time this has been done for a car going into "serious production." The dashboard in the concept car is a 125 cm x 25 cm (49 in x 9.8 in) screen that stretches from door to door. 

With a range of 250 miles on a single charge for the base model and 323 miles for the more advanced version, Byton's car is on the same playing field as Tesla's SUV, which has a range of up to 295 miles on a single charge. 

The Byton vehicle features autonomous driving features, naturally, and will have Level 3 self-driving capabilities at launch with an upgrade bringing it up to Level 4 within a short time. 

Amazon Alexa is on-board for voice commands and other helpful features like updating your grocery list, while facial recognition will allow the car to recognize you, and no one else (or so Byton says). It's also prepared for 5G connectivity, when the advanced network capability becomes available. 

The company revealed its first SUV will launch in China in late 2019 before coming to the US and Europe in 2020. Its price starts at $45,000 (about £31,000 / AU$54,000). That's more expensive than the Tesla Model 3 but less than the base model of the Model X.

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