This cousin of the Volvo XC40 is first offered as a subscription but can also be purchased
Lynk & Co 01: $41,500 for the Chinese retreadable hybrid SUV
Lynk & Co is in the starting blocks. This Chinese brand, a subsidiary of Geely, owner of Volvo, is about to launch its SUV 01 in Europe. To distinguish itself, the manufacturer is banking on an original sales solution: subscription and sharing.
You pay $500 per month to enjoy a vehicle, which you can return at any time or share (thus reducing costs) with your family, friends or members of a community registered on a dedicated application.
But Lynk & Co is not opposed to full ownership. The vehicle is also available for purchase, with deliveries expected in 2021. The model is currently announced with a rechargeable hybrid engine. Cumulative power is 261 hp. Thanks to a 14.1 kWh litium-ion battery (useful capacity), the vehicle can travel up to 68 km in electric mode.
The brand has unveiled a tariff: $41,500 (excluding bonuses). That sounds expensive for a Chinese SUV, but the technical cousin Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 262 hp starts at $51,400. On the other hand, a Citroën C5 Aircross Hybrid is $39,950, but with 225 hp and a slightly smaller battery.
With the aim of simplicity, with the desire to deliver the vehicles as quickly as possible once production has started, the 01 version is standard, there are no options. There is only the color to choose … between blue or black. The equipment focuses on connectivity, with a large touch screen, induction phone charging or even connected cameras placed in the central rear view mirror to… make selfies at the wheel.