The Lynk & Co 02 SUV has been unveiled in Amsterdam overnight, the third model in the brand’s lineup.
The announcement comes as Geely, Lynk & Co’s parent company, revealed that Volvo would be producing Lynk & Co’s vehicles at Volvo’s manufacturing plant in Ghent, Belgium, from late 2019.
The new small SUV will only be offered with hybrid power initially, running a three-cylinder 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol coupled with an electric motor. The engine is the same motor as found in the Volvo XC40, with which the 02 SUV shares its platform.
“Our Ghent plant is one of the most efficient car manufacturing plants in Europe, with a highly skilled workforce,” said Javier Varela, Senior Vice President for manufacturing and logistics at Volvo Cars. “Lynk & Co’s decision to pick Ghent for their European production demonstrates the high levels of quality control that underpin Volvo’s global manufacturing strategy.”
Later on there will be plug-in hybrid options and even a full EV, as the brand looks to grow its presence in both China and Europe, both of which are increasingly clamping down on noxious emissions.
Lynk & Co says it “has abandoned the traditional automotive concept of base models, entry points and endless options lists.” It says that each vehicle will be fully equipped, at one price point, with the company taking inspiration from “fashion and technology” for its pricing structure.
“As a global brand with a strong European identity, these announcements in our home nations fill me with pride,” said Lynk & Co Senior Vice President, Alain Visser. “From our headquarters in Sweden, we will roll-out sales with an initial focus on key European cities for our target audience of globally connected urbanites. We will manufacture in Europe, for Europe, focusing initially on hybrid-only electrified derivatives of our new range of cars – further expanded today with the youthful 02.”
Lynk & Co also says that the cars will be completely connected and shareable, meaning others can pick the car up and use it thanks to a digital key which can be shared with potential drivers.
The company wants its SUVs to be known as smartphones on wheels, which is why they include wireless charging tech and have their own app. The cars are connected to the internet around the clock, and have their own portal in the cloud.
“Sporty, adventurous, dynamic, daring, confident and fun, the 02 sits at the absolute centre of our brand,” said Lynk & Co Head of Design, Andreas Nilsson. “A shorter wheelbase, lower ride height and centre of gravity – combined with two-tone colour-schemes and softer, voluptuous surfaces, muscular haunches and wheel-arches – give 02 a solid and confident stance while being agile and sporty in character. Immediately identifiable as a member of the Lynk & Co family, it is also unique on the inside and out. 02 is a really remarkable looker in our line-up.”
Like Volvo’s Polestar brand, Lynk & Co has set up its brand as a subscription model, allowing users to not have to commit for the life of the car, rather they can use it for only a few years if need be.
Geely used Gothenburg to also announced the brand’s roll-out across several European cities. The first Lynk & Co European store will open in Amsterdam, which will be followed by Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels and London.