Though it may sound like Lynk & Co has thrown every buzzword it can at its 01 SUV, this new brand, a part of the Chinese Geely group which also owns Volvo, aims to be a connected, shareable, and green.
Under the skin the Lynk & Co 01 will share its Compact Modular Architecture underpinnings with an upcoming compact Volvo SUV, the XC40, which was previewed earlier this year by the Volvo 40.1 concept.
Lynk & Co isn’t just aiming for a Chinese-market launch either, with sales earmarked for Europe and the USA as well and development work carried out by Volvo, to give the roughly Hyundai Tucson-sized SUV a more universally appealing feel.
Geely claims that the 01 will be the most connected car launched to date, formed around an open-sourced platform developed by Microsoft and Alibaba, and boasting what Lynk & Co claims is the world’s first app store for cars, though Renault, and it’s app-enabled R-Link system may challenge that claim.
Fellow Chinese automaker Roewe has also ventured into the connected car realm, with its RX5 SUV - claimed to be the first car to join the growing 'internet of things'
Lynk & Co has also designed the 01 to be shared. Owners can generate virtual keys accessed via smartphones to allow the car to be shared with friends, or as a car-share vehicle.
Time stamps and geofencing associated with the keys also mean that the virtual key can be disabled after a set window of time, or after returning to a particular location, meaning that your car should be back where you need it, when you need it.
A continual internet connection to Lynk & Co’s cloud services will also allow for live updates on vehicle position, enable infotainment system sharing and uploads,and a range of other socially-networked features.
Under the bonnet Lynk & Co will offer a selection of Volvo-derived engines including a three cylinder turbo petrol, a four cylinder turbo diesel, with hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric options slated down the track. A seven-speed dual clutch automatic, and a regular manual will be available depending on the engine.
Safety equipment also borrows from the Volvo catalog, with autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning available, while the vehicle structure has been designed to score highly in global crash tests when they take place.
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