Lynk & Co 01: the Chinese cousin of the Volvo XC40 arrives in Europe – L'Automobile Magazine

The Sino-Swedish brand, owned by Geely, arrives in Europe with a production model, the 01. Under its complicated dress is actually a Volvo XC40.

Lynk & Co, owned by the Geely group which also owns Polestar, Cyan Racing and Volvo, is officially setting down on the old continent. For its premiere, the brand arrives with an SUV soberly baptized 01. The newcomer sports a style to say the least tortured, especially at the level dual-stage optics which gives it a globular look. The rear is a little less inspired, more easily echoing other SUVs in the segment.

Hybrid or nothing

The 01 will be available with two engines, a plug-in hybrid given for more than 65 km of autonomy and a full hybrid. While Geely does not detail either of the two for the moment, a quick tour of the brand's Chinese site will teach us a little more. The plug-in hybrid could develop up to 262 hp, while the full hybrid could carry a 1.5 turbo of 143 hp associated with a dual clutch and 7 speed gearbox.

The Lynk & Co 01 uses the same CMA platform as the Volvo XC40, and has similar dimensions, although a little bigger: 4.51 m long, 1.86 m wide and 1.69 m high against 4.43 m, 1.86 m and 1.66 m respectively for the Volvo. In order to simplify the range as much as possible, there will be no only one finish and two colors available. Lynk & Co does not want to be cluttered with options, so that they can deliver customers very quickly after their order.

Willingness to share

For the marketing of 01, Lynk & Co relies above all on rental and car sharing. So, the brand does not communicate any price for the moment but announces that its SUV will be available for rental, via a subscription of € 500 per month that it is possible to terminate with one month's notice. This rate may be lowered if the owner agrees to share his car from time to time with another Lynk & Co. member. Holders of free subscriptions will be able to rent cars to those who have a paid subscription and a Lynk & Co 01. Similarly, the manufacturer intends to set up "clubs" in major European cities, kinds of places of sharing for members.

Lynk & Co therefore hopes to shake up the concepts of ownership and dealer a bit, while benefiting from the Volvo network for maintenance. It is possible to register now, while theThe first deliveries and the first rents will take place in April 2021.

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