Geely aims to move upmarket with the introduction of a new brand. Called Lynk & Co, it slots and has just revealed their first car, the 01 crossover.
The car features significant input from Volvo as it uses the Swedish automaker’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA). It is also the first car to be produced under the China Euro Vehicle Technology program or CEVT. This particular platform will also be utilized in future Lynk & Co cars and future Volvo models compact crossover’s architecture. The next Volvos to use the CMA platform will the the next-generation V40 hatchback, S40 sedan and XC40 compact crossover.
The Lynk & Co 01 was penned by longtime Volvo designer Peter Horbury and features some styling touches from the luxury automaker. At the front, it gets it own unique look with its six-light arrangement. High mounted daytime running flank the top corners of the fascia. Below it is a full width, multi-slatted grill incorporating the headlights. Completing the six-light arrangement are a pair of foglights at the lower corners of the bumper.
More of Horbury’s design signatures can be seen on its side. Influenced by the Volvo 40.1 concept, it adapts the roofline from the concept crossover. It also gets a pronounced window line to give the Lynk & Co 01 a wider look. At the rear, it gets a unique tail light arrangement which is linked together by the gloss black garnish.
Stepping inside, it has a driver oriented dashboard with the large touchscreen taking center stage. The automatic transmission’s gear selector uses an electro-mechanical system and eliminating the need for a handbrake is an electronic parking brake. Its instrument cluster consists of a screen that displays vital vehicle information, along with the ability to select which pieces of info to display to the driver.
As for its infotainment system, the system is constantly connected to the internet which also allows third part companies to customize it to suit owner preference. According to Lynk & Co, they are currently working with telecom company Ericsson to produce an “advanced car connectivity cloud”.
At the time of writing, Lynk & Co have yet to reveal the full engine lineup for the 01 crossover. The company does say it will be available with mix of three and four-cylinder turbocharged engines. Also part of the range will be a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and a full electric version. As for transmissions, the 01 will be available with either a seven-speed dual clutch transmission or a manual.
Lynk & Co cars will first be sold in China by 2017 and will eventually expand to Europe and North America by 2018. Also in the works is a compact sedan and an all-electric sports car.