Yesterday, Geely announced that they will be launching a new premium brand, slotting above the company's lineup while featuring significant input from Volvo. Called Lynk & Co, the newly formed brand has just revealed their first car, the 01 crossover.
The significant input from Volvo can be seen in the compact crossover's architecture. It is also the first car to be produced under the China Euro Vehicle Technology program or CEVT. Using the Swedish automaker's Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), this particular platform will also be utilized in future Lynk & Co cars and future Volvo models. The next Volvos to use the CMA platform will the the next-generation V40 hatchback, S40 sedan and XC40 compact crossover.
Penned by longtime Volvo designer Peter Horbury, the 01 crossover features some styling touches from the luxury automaker. The front section of the car has its own unique style 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.
At the side, it draws cues from Volvo's compact crossover concept, the 40.1. It adapts the roofline from the concept crossover, as well as 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.
Inside, it boasts a driver oriented dashboard with a large touchscreen. 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”.
Specific details regarding the engines have yet to be revealed but the company does say it offers a 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.