2021 Lynk & Co 09 debuts, Volvo XC90 cheaper but more luxurious twin | Cars in China



Starting price: $38.000


Brand Lynk & Co. Geely's youth-focused brand is preparing to launch its biggest car yet.

Lynk & Co. teased a mid-size SUV called the 09 during a showcase at Auto Shanghai 2021 taking place this week.

Photos of the SUV were briefly shown on screens throughout the show and have since appeared on the Chinese website Autohome. A company spokesman said the launch will take place in mid-2021.



What we do know is that the 09 is based on the first generation of the SPA modular platform developed by fellow Volvo brand Geely. 09 is specifically based on a version of the SPA platform that underpins the Volvo XC90, which suggests that it could have three rows of seats.


Like all SPA-based vehicles, the 09 will feature 2.0-liter inline-4 engines in hybrid configurations. One configuration will be a plug-in hybrid, likely featuring the same setup in the XC90 Recharge T8. The setup combines a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with a single electric motor for a net 400 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque.


Based on the Volvo SPA (Scalable Architecture Platform) platform, the Lynk & Co 09 has a commanding footprint. Measuring 5,042 mm in length, 1,977 mm in width, and 1,780 mm in height.

Wheelbase is not announced at the time of writing, but for reference, the XC90 has a wheelbase of 2,984 mm.


We can expect more SPA-based vehicles from Lynk & Co. in the near future, as Volvo differentiates itself by migrating its lineup to a second-generation SPA2 platform starting with a redesigned XC90 due out in 2022. Our bet would be on a Lynk & Co. mid-size sedan twinned with the Volvo S90.


Forward illumination is courtesy of 84 individual Matrix LEDs with 4 lighting modes – city, village, highway, and weather. Lynk & Co says no matter the condition, the headlights are able to shine as brightly as the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.


Where the rear profile of the XC90 is boxy executive-like, the Lynk & Co 09 has a sportier touch. The sloping C pillars give a sharper silhouette while the horizontally laid out taillamps show off the SUV's width.


Powertrain options for the Lynk & Co 09 are not announced yet but it is likely to be offered with the 2.0-litre turbo + 8-speed auto combo as other Lynk & Co models. Volvo’s T8 PHEV system (407 PS/640 Nm) could also find its way here.


Lynk & Co. is one of Geely's global brands but currently operates primarily in China where it has delivered just under 500,000 vehicles since it started sales in early 2017. It's in the process of expanding to Europe where it will focus on plug-in hybrid vehicles and new forms of ownership. While you will still be able to buy a Lynk & Co. car outright, you will also be able sign up for a monthly subscription that can be canceled at any time. The subscription will include the vehicle and cover all insurance and maintenance costs, and subscribers will be able to share the subscription with families and friends, similar to how many people share Netflix subscriptions.


A premium, fully electric sister brand to Lynk & Co. was also launched by Geely at this week's Shanghai auto show. Called Zeekr, the brand's first model is the 001 hot hatch based on Geely's new SEA platform for battery-electric cars.


Chinese media are speculating that the Lynk & Co 09 will have an estimated starting price of RMB 250,000 (RM 160k). Market launch is expected to happen in the coming months.


2021 Lynk & Co 09 debuts, Volvo XC90 cheaper but more luxurious twin | Cars in China 2021 Lynk & Co 09 debuts, Volvo XC90 cheaper but more luxurious twin | Cars in China Reviewed by Góc chia sẻ 'Of Nhân on June 24, 2021 Rating: 5

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