Chinese crossover for Europe: beautiful, expensive and steep
The company Lynk & Co, a joint brand of Volvo and Geely, presented a compact crossover for the European market, named – 02
A new model from the line of the young automobile brand Lynk & Co was shown at a special event in Amsterdam. It is expected that the assembly of the car will be adjusted already in 2019 in the neighborhood, at the Belgian Volvo plant in Ghent. European sales of new SUV from China will begin in 2020.
Crossover Lynk & Co 02 became the third own model of the Chinese company. It is assumed that the novelty will occupy in the portfolio of the brand a place between the large crossover 01 and the sedan 03. From the older model, the crossover 02 is distinguished by its more compact dimensions, while in appearance and in the interior the design largely repeats the large crossover 01.
Officially, the technical specifications of the European versions of Lynk & Co 02 are not disclosed. But, apparently, the car is based on a compact platform CMA, developed jointly by Volvo and Geely. It also became the basis for a large crossover 01, sales of which had previously started in China.
Recall that this model is offered with a two-liter petrol turbo engine rated at 190 hp. and a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine with a capacity of 179 hp. It is possible that the set of power units for 02 will be similar. According to unofficial data, in Europe the crossover will also be offered with a hybrid power plant.
Lynk & Co does not hide that they have high hopes for the new model, which should allow the company to settle firmly in the European market. According to the project manager Andreas Nilsson, the crossover will occupy a central place in the brand's line-up and will compete with such European models as Mercedes GLA and Audi Q2.