Lynk & Co 03 saloon headed for production

Lynk & Co 03 saloon headed for production

0 comments 📅13 June 2017, 17:30

Lynk & Co's 03, a saloon using Volvo technology, is spotted testing on catholic roads

New Chinese automaker Lynk & Co showed off its saloon model, the 03, as a concept car at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Express – and now we’ve got our first look at the production version, spotted by our spy photographers in Germany.

The model shares lay out details with the production 01 model, a compact crossover that desire head Lynk & Co’s assault in markets around the world. The spy shots show that the lay out isn’t likely to change much from the concept car, as the proportions and silhouette look hugely similar to the model revealed in China earlier in the year.

However, heavy cover-up and placeholder wheels mean it’s tough to get a good idea of how the bodywork will look when the car hits the procedure.

The production 01 sits on the Compact Modular Architecture dais co-developed with Volvo, so it’s likely the 03 will also use that architecture. Volvo’s upcoming XC40 crossover is also set to be based on the new underpinnings, as are expected S40 saloon and V40 hatchback models – so we’re effectively looking at Lynk & Co’s unders of the next Volvo S40.

That means it will likely share the same motor line-up: a 1.5-litre three-cylinder unit as well as a four-cylinder petrol, with cross-breed versions to come in the future. A full EV is also possible, as the platform is being developed to buttress that technology.

The concept boasts strong proportions, with a chunky standpoint over large alloy wheels and low-profile tyres, and a distinctive sweeping roofline edged by an unbroken line of brightwork – not distinguishable from that of the Kia Optima and Jaguar XJ.

At the front are a pair of high-mounted headlights that sit in the sky two horizontal air intakes. The rear lights appear to be intricately detailed LED units, while an integrated lip spoiler and a twin of exhausts in a diffuser-style element give the 03 an appropriately sporting look.

The bothy is a world away from most Chinese designs, with a unique map and an emphasis on technology – one aspect Lynk & Co will push heavily as it expands into broad markets. Instruments are fully digital and there’s a large central touchscreen for infotainment features.

At the 03’s vernissage event in Shanghai, Lynk & Co executives also revealed the company’s new, app-based car sharing aspect, in which your smartphone is your car key. The set-up allows you to share your car with friends via an app.

The company says its cars will be permanently connected WiFi hotspots, so you can fastener up to the car while out and about. In-car data will be free, for permanent connectivity.

In fact, the buy process too will be entirely online, as part of a business model where all the car’s features are touchstone and the car is sold at a fixed price, delivered to your door. Subscription models thinks also be available.

What do you think of the Lynk & Co 03? Let us know in the comments…
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