Geely-owned Lynk & Co is looking to expand its lineup with a new model, although not an all-new one.
We’re talking about a longer version of the 01 SUV launched in late 2017. A prototype was spotted in Sweden during cold weather testing and our photographers noticed a longer rear section than of the Lynk & Co 01 that’s currently on sale.
The added length is behind the C-pillar, which leads us to believe Lynk & Co is testing a seven-seat version of the 01. The rear overhang is longer than on the standard model but based on these photos alone we can’t really tell whether the wheelbase is elongated or not. We tend to believe it’s not, as the rear doors seem to have the same dimensions.
Looking through the rear screen one can see two seats placed really close to the tailgate so it pretty clear we’re dealing with a seven-seat Lynk & Co 01.
As you probably know, the 01 SUV shares the same CMA platform with the Volvo XC40 as both automakers are owned by China’s Geely Auto. As a result, the powertrain choices are similar which means the longer 01 should offer the same engines as the standard model.
Expect a 190 PS (187hp) 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine mated as standard to a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and available with all-wheel drive. There should also be a plug-in hybrid version that combines a 180 PS (178 hp) 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine with a 60 kW (82 PS/81 hp) electric motor. In the standard Lynk & Co 01, this powertrain offers an EV driving range of 51 km (31 miles).
The longer version of the Lynk & Co 01 is expected to debut later this year and be available as part of the automaker’s car subscription program.