The Lynk & Co 01 has been revealed, making it the first model to be born from the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) project that Chinese car maker Geely has developed with its Swedish subsidiary, Volvo.
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Officially launched in Berlin overnight, the 01 is pitched as a premium offering to “address the needs and preferences of the new global and connected generation”.

The connected theme continues to the in-car functions, with the company saying the 01 will always be connected to the internet and to Lynk & Co’s own cloud.

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A ‘share’ button will let owners control, monitor and share their cars via the vehicle’s infotainment system or a smartphone.

In terms of design, the 01 is some cross between a Kia Sportage, Jeep Cherokee and a Citroen C4 Aircross.

Lynk & Co’s design has been developed at Geely’s design centre in Sweden, which is led by Peter Horbury, Volvo’s former design boss.

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The brand’s design language aims to create a strong personality that features both European and Chinese influence.

Andreas Nilsson, head of Lynk & Co’s design team, said: “Our car needed to stand out from the crowd and appeal to a global audience”.

“Our users will be extremely tech-savvy. Our interior design reflects this and feels familiar in the context of new technology.”

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Mechanical details are limited, though the company has said the 01 will be built on the CMA platform that will also underpin the next-generation of Volvo’s 40-Series models, including the XC40 SUV due for launch by 2018.

According to a report by the UK’s Autocar, the 01 will likely be powered by a range of engines from Volvo’s family of 2.0-litre fours and 1.5-litre triples.

Carl-Peter Foster, member of the board of directors for both Geely and Volvo, also confirmed with the British publication that a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version will be added after the regular range launches in Europe next year.

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Shifting gears will be a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Measuring roughly 4.6 metres long, the Lynk & Co 01 is around the same size as a Nissan X-Trail (4640mm).

Considering its Chinese origins, the company has been quick to point out the 01’s wheelbase is long for its size as its home market places a higher priority on rear legroom compared to luggage space.

Instead of choosing a specific model grade or trim level, buyers will be offered the choice of fixed-price equipment packages to specify their 01 to their tastes.

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The Lynk & Co 01 will be the first in a range of new vehicles from the Chinese brand, with the company already mentioning its plans for 02 and 03 names.

According to Alain Visser, senior vice president at Lynk & Co, the company will eventually offer “a premium, state-of-the-art range of cars at the most accessible price points”.

“We will challenge and redesign every link in the chain.”

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The company’s simple naming structure - 01, 02, 03 and so on - reflect its concept of simplifying and challenging current conventions in the industry.

Stay tuned for more Lynk & Co updates in the coming days.

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