This is the Lynk & Co 01, a hybrid SUV that will be the first vehicle produced by Geely’s new car brand.
The 01 is the first in a full range of vehicles that will have the names 02, 03 and so on. Lynk & Co says it wants to simplify everything and challenge conventions in the car industry, and part of that starts with the vehicle names.
The design brief was to create a car for a global audience, so the car’s silhouette is quite familiar. It’s the details where things get more interesting, though, such as the rear lights and wide front grille.
All models will feature some kind of electrification, with hybrid versions using Volvo-sourced combustion engines such as the 1.5-litre petrol unit recently released by the company. Hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full EVs will all be sold eventually.
Because Geely also owns Volvo, the 01 will share its platform with the Swedish manufacturer to help keep costs low. It will be built on the company’s Compact Modular Architecture, which is a modular platform that can be altered for different body shapes and sizes.
Lynk & Co is putting a big emphasis on ‘connected’ technology. All cars will come with a large central touchscreen that is connected to the internet and the ‘cloud’.
Most intriguing of all is the company’s ‘open platform’. Lynk & Co has worked with technology partners such as Microsoft, Alibaba and Ericsson to provide digital infrastructure that will allow third parties to develop technology for the cars.
The Lynk & Co 01 is expected to go on sale in the UK in 2018. There’s no word on specific pricing at this point, but the company is hoping to match mainstream car makers such as Ford and Toyota.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
October 21, 2016