Geely prepares for Lynk & Co’s European debut 01September 8, 2020
The Volvo XC40 Recharge’s cousin has several upgrades. It will premiere in Europe soon.
For those looking to purchase a fully electric Volvo SUV right now, the only choice is the Volvo XC40 Recharge. That will change soon, however, as the Chinese-owned Swedish brand intends to electrify its lineup with plug-in hybrids or all-electric models. Combustion engine options will soon be a thing of the past.
Speaking of Volvo’s Chinese ownership, parent company Geely is also aiming to become a major player in the electric vehicle market not only in its own country but also in Europe. Although Volvo cars will continue to be sold in this market, another Geely-owned brand will soon debut there. Photospin have just spotted the updated Lync and Co. SUV. 01 tested on public roads in Europe ahead of the official premiere.
Like the XC40, the Lync & Co 01 uses the same CMA platform that is expected to underpin Lotus’s new SUV. Lotus is another brand owned by Geely. The Lync & Co 01 has been on sale in China for several years now, but the model now needs some upgrades and is especially important in Europe. These new photos show a prototype with the front closed, although only minor changes appear to be taking place here as well as the rear.
However, company employees were reckless in not bothering to hide the new interior, which showcases a larger infotainment screen, a new position for the electronic handbrake adjuster, a revised steering wheel and less chrome trim.
It is not yet known whether the Lync and Co. brand will appear. in the USA. At present, this seems unlikely, simply because Volvo is already firmly established here at Geely. Moreover, Europeans are now more willing to buy electric cars than Americans. The success of Lync and Co. China is still large and the company is now looking to take its Tesla Model Y rival to another continent.
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