Lynk&Co, the new car brand from Chinese firm Geely, will officially launch in Europe with the unveiling of its new 02 hybrid crossover at an event in Amsterdam today (Monday 26 March).
The small SUV, the third model in Lynk&Co's line-up, is teased in a series of videos on its official Facebook page. The 02 is due to go on sale in the UK by 2020.
Lynk&Co has yet to reveal many technical details of the 02, but it appears to be a smaller version of the 01 SUV, with which it shares underpinnings and several technical features.
The 02 is built on the CMA platform that has been co-developed by Geely sibling Volvo. It measures just under 4.5 metres long, making it 0.1 metre shorter than the 01 and a few centimetres longer than the Volvo XC40. The car’s wheelbase is identical to the XC40’s.
Like Volvo, Lynk&Co intends to make its new models enjoyable to drive, so the 02’s chassis will be set up with European handling tastes in mind.
While the teaser images mask many details of the car, pictures clearly showing the 02's design were leaked late last year.
The 02's powertrain is based on a three-cylinder petrol engine, seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, battery pack and electric motor.
Geely's plug-in hybrid powertrain will initially be available from 2018 with a 31-mile range on the Volvo XC40 and Lynk&Co 01, before being ramped up to offer 50 miles in the 02, beating similar-sized rivals in the segment.
The 02 will also spawn a fully electric version at the start of the next decade, with a range that could be as great as 373 miles (600km).
Lynk&Co is due to be introduced in Europe from 2019, with cars arriving in the UK later in that year. The brand will sell its vehicles – currently comprising the 01, 02 and 03 saloon – online, with most sales expected to be in subscription form.
The 01 is confirmed to be priced from CNY180,000 (about £20,583) in China, so expect the 02 to start at just below that.