Geely introduced a new crossover Lynk & Co with Swedish rootsOctober 20, 2016
In Berlin Lynk & Co has officially unveiled its first model – a mid-size, high-tech SUV that will hit the market next year. The presentation participated the founder and chairman of Geely, a Chinese entrepreneur Li Shufu.
Lynk & Co – a new brand of well-known Chinese company Geely, which owns the trademark Volvo
SUV is declared as “the car is connected to the present time.” According to the company, this will be the first Chinese-made car that will be sold in Europe.
The model is designed and built in Sweden, it will be built on a modular architecture as the upcoming Volvo XC40. In its asset – the plug-in hybrid powertrain.
SUV class car is a premium specification, the idea of which is to “satisfy needs and preferences of the new global and advanced generation.” Lynk & Co Crossover is always connected to the Internet and cloud technologies. With the help of the standard buttons «share» holders will be able to monitor, track, and share information about your car with your smartphone or on-board system.
The philosophy of the new car’s design is developed by the Design Geely in Sweden, headed by vice-president of Geely and a former Volvo chief designer Peter Horbury. The developers say that their goal was to create a strong personality, which has both European and Chinese genes.
“The design was very simple, – said the project manager Andreas Nilsson – that the car could stand out and appeal to a global audience. Our users are very technically shod. In the context of new technologies, this reflects the interior design.”
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Lynk & Co 01 SUV will be presented by a number of transverse and front engines of the Volvo family. Among them, two-liter four-cylinder engine and a 1.5 liter three-cylinder power plant. Member of the Board of Directors of Geely and Volvo, Carl-Peter Forster confirmed that the plug-in hybrid version will be available soon. This suggests that the engines for the new model “pass” from the hybrid model Volvo – XC40 and XC90.
The model will be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-step with the “automatic” dual-clutch.
The length of the car is 4.6 meters. Wheelbase Lync & Co is relatively large. Thus, the Chinese manufacturer took care of the interior of the machine, creating maximum comfort.
His current and following models Lynk & Co, as the manufacturer says, the company aims to challenge the current preferences in the automotive industry.
“Our industry for decades successfully perfected the design and engineering, – said Senior Vice President Alain Visser, who worked as a top manager in the Vauxhall-Opel and Ford. But Today preferences of our customers has changed dramatically. It is time to take a step into the future. Therefore Lynk & Co will offer premium cars at affordable prices. ”
Lynk & Co range is closely associated with Volvo, to improve the economy by the Swedish manufacturer at the expense of business scaling. At the heart of the lineup will be based on a universal platform Geely-Volvo for example Volkswagen MQB-architecture. But she is said to of Geely, will be more accessible.
The new SUV will have an open interface API, which will allow outside developers to essentially “enrich the experience of automotive» Lynk & Co 01 SUV with new ideas.
According to Alain Visser, an important part of Lynk & Co program is to offer customers a new route to the market, to ensure direct contact with the manufacturer, personalized services and improve service quality. “Our task – to simplify the purchase and maintenance of vehicles,” – he said.
The keyword “simplify” is the basis for further modeling strategy Lynk & Co. In short, the next generation of cars should reflect the idea of the brand – to simplify complex industry standards. The Chinese search and find their way to the customer. Well, the East – a really fine.
Another important message that was made at the presentation of the new car from the Chinese manufacturer. The new models will be contrary to stereotypes with excellent dynamic qualities. This was confirmed by the head’s R & D Mats Fagerhag who works in engineering and technology center Geely-Volvo. According to him, Lynk & Co 01 was tested in order to compare its performance with the dynamic characteristics of a good off-road competition. The results were impressive. “We have developed a strong, lightweight, efficient, giving the pleasure of driving the car. This is good news, “- said Fagerhag.