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by Mike Duff

Geely’s new Lynk & Co sub-brand is set for an aggressive launch schedule, meaning there will be at least three different models when exports, including to Australia, begin.

The 01 SUV (pictured) has just gone on sale in China, and will be followed in short order by a lower-roofed crossover branded the 02, along with a more conventional three box saloon. No prizes for guessing what that will be called.

Beyond the 01, 02 and 03, Geely has plans to fill out the range with three more models, although – given Chinese tastes – none is going to be a conventional sports car. We’ve been told to expect another SUV, a hatchback and “something else”.

It’s likely some variants will be restricted to the Chinese market, but we can expect the SUV and crossovers to make it as exports.

The brand predicts most cars will be leased short-term on an all-inclusive subscription model, likely with nothing more than a month-by-month commitment. That’s not where it ends – Lynk is also planning for these cars to go through two or three subscription cycles, meaning it will be possible a few years down the line to subscribe to a used car for less than the cost of a new one.

“It’s like getting an iPhone 7 for less than an iPhone X,” Lynk & Co boss, Alain Visser, told us at the launch of the 01 in China.

And beyond that? It looks like buyers won’t be able to pick up a well-used bargain; according to Visser the current plan is for Lynk to scrap its cars rather than let them spoil its brand image of shiny newness and cutting-edge technology.

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