Geely’s all new modern mobility brand has presented its first product – after development that nobody knew about – and it’s a midsize sport utility vehicle full of the latest tech goodies.
Lynk & Co – an odd name for a car brand – has ties both with its Chinese parent and with Sweden’s Volvo, because the 01 SUV is actually the first vehicle to use the latter’s new Compact Modular Architecture that will soon underpin the 40 Series. And the mid-sized, tech-laden SUV is also said to be “the most connected car to date” and will reach the market in 2017. It’s also apparently the first Chinese-made car to become a major volume seller in Europe. So, expectations should run high, especially since it’s a vehicle designed and engineered in Sweden. More so, it will have an electrified powertrain and share the platform with the upcoming Volvo XC40.
The official reveal took place in Berlin to emphasize the focus on Europe and was attended by Geely’s founder and chairman, Chinese entrepreneur Li Shufu. The 01 is also apparently ready to “address the needs and preferences of the new global and connected generation”. This is why the SUV will always be connected to the internet and have its own cloud – with a standard “share” button to allow the owner to control, monitor and share their cars via smartphone or from the inside. Very few mechanical details have been revealed, but the 01 is expected to also share the powertrains with the Volvo brand – the transverse, front-mounted engines from Volvo’s family of 2.0-litre four-cylinder and 1.5-litre three cylinders. Member of the board of directors for Geely and Volvo Carl-Peter Forster has also reportedly confirmed there will also be a plug-in hybrid version with electric drive for both axles.