Geely’s Newborn Lynk & Co Launches Volvo-Based 01 Compact SUV To Conquer The US & Europe

The first model from Geely’s newly-born Lynk & Co brand has just been unveiled in the form of the 01 compact SUV.

The Lynk & Co 01 will be manufactured in China, but Geely says it will be sold in high volumes in Europe and the United States. Interestingly, it not only shares its underpinnings with the upcoming Volvo XC40, but the 01 has actually been designed and engineered in Sweden as well.

Lynk & Co claims that the 01 is the world’s most connected car. As such, the model will always be connected to the internet and the cloud and once it hits the market, feature an open application programming interface which will allow developers to add their own ideas to the car. Additionally, owners will be able to share their 01 with others when they don’t need it and have the ability to monitor their car from a smartphone.

While it has been confirmed that the 01 will feature the same modular architecture as the upcoming XC40, no engine details have been announced. However, the model is expected to receive a selection of 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 1.5-liter three-cylinder engines from Volvo and in the future, as a plug-in hybrid too. Offered alongside the engines will be six-speed manual and seven-speed dual clutch automatic.

The 01 measures 4,530mm (178.4 in.) long, 1,654mm (65.1 in.) tall, and 1,855mm (73.0 in.) wide, with a wheelbases of 2,730mm (107.5 in.).

From a design standpoint, the Lynk & Co 01 has its own personality, with the front end, for example, boasting a high, vertical fascia with a narrow grille and small headlights popping out of the arches and hood. At the rear there is a prominent Lynk & Co badge, rooftop spoiler, dual tailpipes and oddly-shaped taillights.

Lynk & Co says that the 01 will hit the market in 2018 for an undisclosed amount. After its launch, the brand will release two additional models, dubbed the 02 and 03.

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  • Joe

    I don’t think the design is anything special. To me it looks like a cooler Kia Niro.

    • Gustavo Adriano

      @joeschondel:disqus actually we can see a lot of the new Kia Sportage in it, however this SUV it’s a mix of different cars, the front has the same design language that we saw time ago in Cherokee Sport, and after C4 Cactus / the Fiat Toro. The back is trying to be original, but I really don’t know why they did want to ruin that tailight (the “oval” part is cool IMO). That “fin” we already saw in Citroën DS3 and the detail above that walks through the profile remembers me the new Jeep Compass, haha. Still, for me it’s a well looking car, the interior is clean and modern.
      It’s been hard to be original these days… too bad.

  • Luc Helterbrand

    It looks like they had a basket full of design gimmicks and threw them all at the car to see which one stuck…sadly they all stuck. It has promise but its basically a conservative design with a lot of crap glued on.

  • klowik

    It looks like the design is from a mix bag of designers and from someone or a group of people with no artistic or aesthetic mind…the result is a mess that seems modern!!

  • THEBEARJEW!

    I think it’s nice for a Chinese car. Especially when you see a whole bunch of cheap looking cars.

    • pcurve

      I agree. And unlike its volvo sibling, they had sense to put in physical hvac controls.

  • Honda NSX-R

    When I first saw it I thought it was a Kia

  • pcurve

    Looks nice in gray blue.

    Instead of “01”, they should’ve named in.. “ontinental”

    get it.. Lynk & Co .. ontiental…

    haha.. I crack myself up… sorry.

    • Liam Paul

      lol

    • Tumbi Mtika

      HAHA!!!

  • THIS IS REALLY UGLY.

    • Blue Velvet

      Uglier things are selling like hotcakes in the SUV segment, so I doubt looks will be the problem here. The real concern is that this brand will be totally new to the customers, and when they will learn that it’s chinese… But if they will offer them with a long warranty like KIA did I think they might stand a chance in a few years.

  • Bash

    Kia sportage with Porsche seats.. I like it..

  • ScubaScuba

    looks like a macan. not bad at all

  • MultiKdizzle

    I’m trying hard to like it. I might come around still.

  • thunder bolt

    I like it, it’s a lot more interesting to look at than a Honda CRV or a Toyota RAV4. and even more handsome than the Hyundai Tucson.
    The only concerns are the crash test worthiness, engine, trans, electrical reliability. Only time can tell.

    • Fokker

      I think that most of those thing you mentioned as concers will be shared with Volvo. Safety definitely isn’t a problem then.

  • TheHake

    Although the design is messy, I really like it. Interior looks GREAT for a Geely…

    • Knotmyrealname

      It’s designed in Sweden.

      • TheHake

        Yes, but it’s still a Geely. Have you SEEN Geely’s? YUCK.

        • Knotmyrealname

          What I’m saying is that it is probably Geely only in name. It’s been designed in Europe. There ain’t much Geely in it’s appearance.

          Thankfully.

  • YUI.TW

    Looks like a Macan crossed with a Juke….

    • bleu lagune

      …and some Citroën C-Aircross (Rear), DS3 (shark fin) and C4 Picasso (headlights)…

  • jfalckt

    Did a Porsche Cayenne and a Kia Sportage get a little bit frisky one night?

    • Finkployd

      It happened at a marketing convention in Vegas. They were drunk that night, it was a mistake. Early morning, the Porshe left some flowers and a kind note then flew back to germany.
      Then the Kia was on her way to get some plan B but a gang of Citroen hoodlums was hanging around, polishing their fake chrome in a very inappropriate fashion. That’s when it all happened…
      Covered in shame, the Kia flew all the way to China, land of the anonymous freak cars and died before giving birth to this abomination.
      Rumor says a mercyful swedish doctor -presumably a last gen XC60 despite some people’s claims- put all the pieces back together and infused some of it’s own flesh and blood in it.
      He was gone before the Link&Co’s 3 cylinders growled for the first time.

      • alexxx

        haha superb…

      • jfalckt

        Finkployd! ‘Polishing their chrome in an inappropriate fashion’ …genius! creased me up. Great story, and a believable one

  • Matt

    I’m intrigued, it’s actually quite a fascinating design. For a Chinese brand, this is a big deal.

    But let’s be honest, this is literally just a more progressively styled Volvo. Not only in platform – but interior as well, all the materials looks like they’re from the same supplier.

  • gary4205

    Is Geely the Chinese word for “ugly as sin?”

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    The meeting of the front doors to the wings is really quite messy.

  • TOMSON

    Only 2 things to complain:
    1. why the hell Lync & Co ?? WTF?? Go for a better brand name please..
    2. 01? no good choice…what´s the name of the smaller one? 00,5? Strange idea..
    For the rest, I have to say I like it.

  • Is anyone else seeing Ferrari in the front end?

    I’ll go against the consensus and say I think this looks genuinely great.

  • Best Citroen in a while!

  • Fugly

  • Brian Regan

    I don’t dislike it… I just wouldn’t buy one.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I guess it is hard to make good looking designs…

    So I appreciate it,

  • Tumbi Mtika

    If this was a Citroen everyone would be raving.

  • MagicTH

    9.5 out of 10 on the styling except for the tacked on things behind the front wheels and the wheel design itself is too busy. Otherwise the best looking SUV I’ve seen, inside and out. However, I don’t want to own the “most connected car” and I do value performance so I’ll never be a customer.

  • fabri99

    It looks like a Kia Sportage… Not original and maybe a little weird, but I wouldn’t say it is unpleasant.

  • Mafio

    I can see this catching on in the US. I think hipster will eat it up. Lynk & Co sounds like a store next to H&M in you local hipster shopping area.

  • Benjamin B.

    I thought it’ll be all electric.

  • Didou