Lynk & Co, the Geely brand that shares platforms and powertrains from Volvo for its Chinese market vehicles with dreams of eventually setting up shop in Europe and America, has revealed the production version of its funky sedan called the Lynk & Co 03. It looks like an alien impersonating a Chrysler 300.
The 03 sedan is based on the same platform as the Volvo XC40 and upcoming S40 and V40 models, also borrowing Volvo’s 1.5-liter three-cylinder plug-in hybrid powertrain and a variation of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder found in the XC60 T8. Lynk & Co claims the plug-in hybrid has the potential for an electric-only range of up to 40 miles.
The car will initially go on sale in the Chinese market as the company works to figure out the leap to Europe and the U.S., with plans for a unique distribution model involving limited car customization, online-only sales, and possibly shared ownership and subscription service models.
While the interior of the 03 has still yet to be revealed, the concept car from a few months back boasted a digital display screen and adequately modern layout. The company is also big on pushing in-car internet connectivity in its other models with free data and offering “lifetime” warranties for its cars.
As has been clear in the past, the company still has a lot of the specifics to its bold plans to work out, and there’s no clear timeframe for when it will expand beyond China.
Still, Lynk & Co’s design language is a far cry from the smooth, understated look that Volvo’s latest vehicles are going for, instead offering bold, boxy bodies with interestingly-shaped features, like trapezoidal taillights with a lot of vertical elements and hood-level LEDs.
The new 03 isn’t classically beautiful, but it also doesn’t strike me as distasteful. It’s interesting, in a good way, and it’s doing weird in an approach that other automakers, like Saturn or Scion, have failed to accomplish in the past. It doesn’t hurt that it’s basically a Volvo underneath the skin, either.