The Lynk & Co 08 EM-P plug-in hybrid SUV from Geely and Volvo started pre-sales in China. Its price starts from 218,000 yuan (30,400 USD). The Lynk & Co 08 EM-P features 220 km of all electric CLTC range, 593 hp and a mixed range of 1,400 km. Let’s get to know it better.
Our regular readers are well informed about the Lynk & Co brand. It is a joint project between Geely and Volvo that was founded in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2016. The manufacturing process of the Lynk & Co is situated in China. Currently, the brand’s model line comprises seven models in the domestic market. As for the overseas strategy, Lynk & Co tries to keep it as simple as possible. This is why it has a single model here, which is the Lynk & Co 01. The newest model in the Lynk & Co lineup is the 08 EM-P plug-in hybrid SUV. It adopts new design language and impressive tech.
More on the Lynk & Co 08
The Lynk & Co 08 is a fastback SUV that adopts the design language that was introduced by the Lynk & Co The Next Day concept-car. It still has distinguishing running lights that sit on top of the bonnet. But they have become thinner. As they go up, running lights merge into a single element. As for the headlights, they are integrated into the bonnet. The front end of the Lynk & Co 08 hasn’t got a noticeable grille. According to Geely, it doesn’t need one because of the efficient cooling system of the 08’s PHEV powertrain. So, it has only got an air intake in the lower part of the front bumper. From the back, the 08 has a single taillight unit.
Speaking about the dimensions of the Lynk & Co 08 EM-P, they are 4820/1915/1685 mm with a wheelbase of 2848 mm. So, in terms of sizing, it stays close to the BMW X4. According to Lynk & Co, the 08 EM-P stands on the all-new platform called CMA Evo. In fact, it is a slightly reworked architecture that underpins Volvo XC40, every Lynk & Co model (except Lynk & Co 09) and a bunch of Geely branded cars. So, its platform isn’t really new, but it was enhanced.
Inside, the Lynk & Co 08 has a large floating center screen with a diameter of 15.4 inches. As for the instrument panel, its diameter reaches 12.3 inches. And, if these screens aren’t enough, the 08 also has a 92-inch AR-HUD. This impressive multimedia is powered by the Lynk Flyme Auto system developed jointly by Lynk & Co and Meizu, that was acquired by Geely. Other features of the Lynk & Co 08’s interior are Nappa leather, 50W wireless phone charging pad, 23-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system. The front passenger of the 08 has got a leg rest. Moreover, four seats inside the car (except the middle seat in the second row) are equipped with the massage function. Of course, we are speaking about the top-trim level.
The powertrain of the Lynk & Co 08 has a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine and three electric motors. Of course, the 08 is a 4WD vehicle. Its total power output reaches 436 kW (593 hp), as for the peak torque, it is 905 Nm. As a result, the Lynk & Co 08 can speed up from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds. It has a ternary (NMC) 39.6-kWh battery on board, good for 245 lm of CLTC range in pure electric mode. As for the mixed range, it reaches 1,400 km. The fuel consumption rate of its ICE is 5.5 L/100km. Back to the battery, you can charge it from 30% to 80% with a DC charger in 28 minutes. But the 08 supports only 3.3-kW AC charging. So, it is better to use a DC charger here.
Lynk & Co 08 pricing and pre-sales
Previously, we have reported that the starting price of the Lynk & Co 08 will reach 240,000 yuan (33,470 USD). However, the Lynk & Co 08 has appeared to be even cheaper than our prediction. Its starting price is 218,000 yuan (30,400 USD). For a comparison, the Denza N7 fastback SUV from BYD with almost the same performance starts at 301,800 yuan (42,090 USD). As for the peak price of the Lynk & Co 08, it reaches 278,000 yuan (36,770 USD). Customers can book the 08 EM-P for 1,000 yuan (140 USD).
Here, we should mention that Lynk & Co started sales of the Limited Edition of the 08 EM-P. It costs 288,000 yuan (40,160 USD). The quantity of the Limited Edition reaches 1,008 cars. All of them adopt a purple-gold exterior and interior color scheme, R21 wheels and all the previously mentioned functions. Moreover, every Lynk & Co 08 EM-P Limited Edition buyer will receive the Meizu 20 Pro smart phone, a phone case and sandglass. All of these gifts are finished in colors of the 08 EM-P Limited Edition.