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Byton revealed the interior the new M-Byte SUV at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
The cabin design of its first production car – or ‘next generation smart device’ as the Chinese brand calls it – carries over from last year’s original concept almost completely unchanged; the only tweaks serve to make the cabin easier to use and more practical than the concept model.
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That means the dash is still crowned by a vast 48-inch widescreen ‘Shared Experience Display’ (SED). The largest screen in any production car (and by some margin), the SED can be customised to show driving, navigation and infotainment functions according to the driver’s taste.
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The concept’s steering wheel-mounted tablet screen remains, but it’s shrunk by an inch (now seven inches) to accomodate a few physical controls. It’s through this, and the new eight-inch touchpad between the front seats, that the main monitor’s controls are adjusted.
But the input methods don’t end there. The M-Byte also integrates gesture controls and voice commands. The latter is developed in cooperation with Amazon Alexa, and can not both recognise individual voices, but recognise the seat in which they’re sitting.
A machine learning system known as ‘Byton life’ can sync with your smartphone and other devices and support the driver with scheduling remainders, online shopping tasks and charging info, among other things.
Rear seat occupants don’t miss out on displays either. A pair of touchscreens allow those in the back to cater to their own infotainment tastes, and send info to the main display if needed. If the occupants can peel themselves away from the screens for long enoug, it’s possible to rotate the front seats inwards by 12 degrees for a more sociable layout while the M-Byte is parked up.
The other tweaks from concept to production are much more subtle. The dash gains air conditioning vents ahead of the main display, and buttons to control gear selection sit just below that.
Full prices and specs for the Byton M-Byte are yet to be released, but it’s due to make its debut in mid-2019, and its new Nanjing plant is due to ramp up to full production capacity by the end of the year.
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