Chinese brand Byton has revealed its second concept car: an electric saloon capable of level four autonomous driving that will go on sale in the UK within the next four years.
The firm has also announced its naming strategy. Byton’s first model, the previously unveiled electric SUV, is called the M-Byte. The K-Byte saloon, based on this concept, will follow. It will be launched in China first, due to the popularity of saloons there.
Both will be built on the same architecture and will eventually be joined by a seven-seat MPV.
The naming structure is an evolution of the brand name, which stands for Bytes on Wheels.
While the production version of the M-Byte SUV has been revealed, the K-Byte is purely at the concept stage.
Unveiled at CES Asia in Shanghai, the 4.95m-long saloon incorporates the sensors and cameras that are synonymous with autonomous driving into its design, with LIDAR built into the A-pillars and centrally positioned on the roof to allow level four autonomy.
“You don’t have to hide sensors, but can definitely stage them,” Byton chief designer Benoit Jacob explained. “This will ensure that the saloon concept is suitable for the future.”
The concept also features the same 'Smart Surface' animated front grille, dashboard-filling touchscreen and steering wheel-integrated tablet as the SUV, which is set to rival the Jaguar I-Pace when it arrives in 2019.
Byton CEO Carsten Breitfeld called the K-Byte an “outstanding new interpretation” of the saloon that proves the company is ready for volume production.