Original expectations for the brand, part of Volvo’s Chinese parent Geely, were for it to focus on building SUVs and saloons - market priorities for China and the US. However, as part of Lynk & Co’s target for a full range launch in Europe in 2020, it is now well under way developing a hatchback variant that could be a volume seller alongside the SUVs.
Styling-wise, even with disguise it’s clear to see that the hatchback will retain a strong family resemblance to the already revealed 01 and 02 SUVs, and the 03 saloon.The familiar front-end with dual horizontal intakes and split-level headlights features, while the trademark L-shaped tail lights can be seen at the rear.
Like its siblings, the hatchback will use Geely’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, also used by Volvo for the Volvo XC40. The modular platform allows different wheelbases, ride heights and rear tracks. The hatch is expected to be the smallest model in the line-up, sitting below the 4.5m-long 02.
Lynk & Co will focus on offering electrified only variants in Europe, while Chinese market models feature petrol engine options as well. Expect the hatchback to make use of the already-confirmed 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine mated to an electric motor on the front axle for the plug-in hybrid model, while a straight hybrid could also feature. Pure electric powertrains are expected later on.
Bosses are keen to break public perception of Lynk & Co as purely a Chinese brand, with its models largely designed and engineered in Sweden by a team of “international talent”. It’s expected to make use of Volvo’s production facilities, with the first European models being produced later in 2019. A UK market launch will commence around the same time.