It does look uber-cool despite its safety risks

Byton will be participating at the Consumers Electronic Show next week and is showcasing what it calls the “world’s most intuitive automotive interface.” Byton has not revealed any details other than a teaser image that appears to show the production interior of the M-Byte. The image shows one large screen instead of multiple instrument clusters and displays, and a tablet mounted on the steering wheel. This will surely raise the tech-heads’ heartbeats.

What’s With That Weird Tablet on the Steering Wheel?

Byton's New Car for CES Will Feature a Tablet Display in the Weirdest Place
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The steering wheel features an integrated screen that Byton calls a “Driver Tablet.” The tablet allows access to features like the radio, settings, audio, etc. Although it is difficult to decipher other details from the picture, we can make out that the dashboard is heavily inspired by the M-Byte concept. This one, however, has a curvier dash and a wider display. For your reference, the screen on the concept measured 49 x 9.8 inch (124 x 24 cm).

About The Car

Byton's New Car for CES Will Feature a Tablet Display in the Weirdest Place Exterior
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The M-Byte entry-level model will come packed with a 71-kWh battery and an electric motor that churns out 268 horses and 295 pound-feet of torque.

Power will be sent to the rear wheels, and this variant will be able to travel 248 miles on a single charge. Another all-wheel-drive model will be offered with a 95-kWh battery pack and two electric motors that develop a combined output of 469 ponies and 523 pound-feet of torque. This larger battery will help the M-Byte cover 323 miles on a single charge.

Our Take

Byton's New Car for CES Will Feature a Tablet Display in the Weirdest Place Exterior
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The steering mounted tablet will definitely have polarising opinions. But where did Byton even get this crazy, high-risk idea? And, how do the airbags open up? I’m guessing the automaker was inspired by 2 Fast 2 Furious’ ‘Act a Fool’ song; a part of which reads, “TV in the middle of my steering wheel.” There are other ridiculous lines in the song that we hope the company doesn’t take too seriously.

Further details about the infotainment system will be released on the 6th of January. Byton has revealed that the M-Byte will go into production in China later this year. It will reach the U.S. shores sometime in 2020 with a tag price of $45,000 for the entry-level model.

What are your thoughts on the Byton M-Byte and the dashboard you see in the image? Share them with us in the comments section below.

Further reading

Byton's New Car for CES Will Feature a Tablet Display in the Weirdest Place Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Byton Concept EV.

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