The second joint crossover Volvo and Geely: two motors and four-wheel driveJune 28, 2018
Sales of compact crossover Lynk & Co 02 in China started. The novelty will reach the European market in 2020.
The brand Lynk & Co was established by Geely and Volvo in 2016. At the end of 2017, the “first-born” of the new brand – the all-terrain vehicle with the index 01 – was released to the Chinese market. Now the second model – 02 is available in the Celestial Empire. The manufacturer positions the novelty as a crossover, although the 02 elevated hatchback. The model is based on the CMA platform, which also underlies Lynk & Co 01 and Volvo XC40.
The length of Lynk & Co 02 is 4 448 mm, which is 64 mm less than in cross-country 01. The width of the novelty is 1,890 mm (+33 mm in comparison with 01), the height is 1,528 mm (-145 mm), the wheelbase – 2 702 mm (-32 mm). The ground clearance of Lynk & Co 02 is 201 mm against 211 mm for Lynk & Co 01. For comparison, the dimensions of the soplatform Volvo XC40 are 4 425/1 873/1 658 mm, the distance between the axles is the same 2,702 mm, the ground clearance is 211 mm mm.
Lynk & Co 02 is available with the petrol engines of the Volvo family Drive-E. The basic model is offered with a 3-cylinder turbo engine with capacity of 1.5 and power of 156 hp and a six-speed manual transmission. At more expensive complete sets – 179-hpvariant of the same motor and seven-speed preselective robot. At the top of the scale is a two liter turbo four2.0 (190 hp), which is combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission or robotic transmission. The all-wheel drive is only for the cross-country with the engine 2.0 and 7DCT. “Senior” Lynk & Co 01 is presented with the same two-liter motor, and the 1.5T engine for this crossover will appear later. By the way, later both 01 and 02 will have 250-strong hybrid versions with engine 1.5 and an electric motor.
In the list of top Lynk & Co 02 equipment there are: digital assembly, leather interior, panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, automatic braking system, adaptive cruise control. The price ranged from 122,800 to 192,800 yuan. The crossover Lynk & Co 01 costs from 158 800 to 220 800.
One of the main competitors in the Middle Kingdom will be Volkswagen T-Roc, Toyota C-HR and, in fact, Volvo XC40, with the German and Swede not yet entering the Chinese market, their prices are unknown. Although the XC40 is unlikely to be cheaper – even the V40 hatchback will cost at least 215,900 yuan. The price of the Toyota cross-country – from 144 800 yuan
While the brand Lynk & Co sells cars only in China, there is also production of crossovers. Demand for the crossover 01 is growing: if in January 2018, 6 173 such cars were sold, in May – already 9 234 units. In total for five months of the current year 37 005 cars are sold. At the end of 2019, the production of Lynk & Co cars will be adjusted at the Volvo plant in Belgian Ghent – it is expected that crosses will enter the European market in the first half of 2020.