Lynk & Co plans European market assault

By RELAXNEWS | 11 August 2018

Lynk & Co 02.

SHANGHAI: The Geely-owned Chinese brand with a focus on innovative sales models and connectivity is looking to launch a serious assault on the European market, which will see an electrified large SUV and saloon spearheading the campaign.

Lynk & Co - the innovative new Chinese car builder that gave its first three models the rather uninspired names of the 01, the 02 and the 03 – is aiming to make inroads into Europe.

As Geely is the parent company of Volvo, Geely brands can all save on development costs by utilising Volvo's versatile and pretty excellent SPA platform. The two new models planned to woo European buyers will both be built using the SPA architecture, and they're expected to appear early in the next decade.

Auto Express reports the first of the pair will be a large SUV. The UK publication's source, who works in Lynk & Co's product management department, said: "We have plans to work on the XC90 platform. But we will also look at fully electric. We are already working on four different versions, which won't all come from Volvo."

The 03.
The 03.

Another model aimed at the European market is also in the works.

The source continued: "We have a plan for a saloon based on the S90 architecture for after 2020. For Europe, we would also introduce the Lynk & Co version of S90."

The brand is already looking to launch the 02 based on the XC40 and the XC60-derived 03 in Europe. That's just the start of things, though. Insiders told Auto Express that the company is looking to expand its portfolio even further.

Both the as-yet unseen models are expected to be available as hybrids or full-blown EVs only. Though no prices have been mentioned, the new models will aim to compete with popular German brands, but at slightly lower prices.