The Lynk & Co unnamed electric car was seen in China during winter tests. It stands on the SEA2 architecture that underpins Smart #1 and Zeekr X. It is the brand’s very first EV. Based on previous information, CarNewsChina considers it the Lynk & Co 02 BEV. Alain Visser, former CEO of Lynk & Co Europe, announced this model for the European markets. It will enter Europe in 2024.
Lynk & Co is a joint brand under Geely and Volvo launched in 2017. Nowadays, it has a diverse model line in the domestic market, selling seven distinctive cars with petrol-powered and plug-in hybrid powertrain options.
However, Lynk & Co’s overseas strategy is a different story. It sells only the Lynk & Co 01 PHEV compact SUV in most countries where it is present. It has a single trim and two exterior colors. Customers can rent, lease, or buy it. According to Lynk & Co Europe former CEO Alain Visser, they want to keep the car choice as simple as possible. And still, Lynk & Co plans to launch its second model for the European markets this year. It is the 02 BEV (battery electric vehicle). Recently, it was spotted in China.
Lynk & Co 02 BEV spy shots
There is no official information the spied vehicle is the 02 BEV. However, Lynk & Co hasn’t announced the development process of other electric cars. Since the 02 BEV enters the European markets this year, it should probably be in the final stages of the development process. We can assume the spotted car is the Lynk & Co 02 BEV based on these facts.
The Lynk & Co 02 BEV was spotted in Heihe, Heilongjiang province. It is the northern Chinese city located on the Russian border. In winter, temperatures here can drop to minus 44.5 degrees Celsius. So, it is one of the best winter testing locations.
We can see it is a small fastback SUV with a sloped roofline. It has frameless side-view mirrors, retractable door handles, and five-spoke rims. Its glass line is similar to the Zeekr X crossover. There is a button designed for door opening located on the B-pillar of the Lynk & Co 02 BEV. It hints the 02 BEV will get the version without door handles in the future. The headlights and taillights of this crossover are unfinished. The length of the 02 BEV is around 4.4 meters.
Inside, the Lynk & Co 02 BEV has a D-shaped four-spoke steering wheel with a gear selector mounted on the steering column. The center console has an LCD instrument cluster and a large floating screen. Two wireless charging pads, cup holders, and USB ports sit on the center tunnel. The door cards have buttons instead of conventional handles. The interior styling also stays in line with the Zeekr X.
Lynk & Co 02 BEV powertrain
The Lynk & Co 02 BEV stands on the SEA2 platform. The same architecture underpins Smart #1, Smart #3, and Zeekr X. Its exact specs are unknown. However, SEA2-based cars currently adopt the same powertrain options. The entry-level cars have a 200-kW electric motor on the rear axle with a ternary NMC 66-kWh battery pack. There is also a 4WD version with two e-motors for 315 kW powered by the same pack. The Lynk & Co 02 BEV can adopt the same options.
As mentioned, the Lynk & Co 02 BEV will enter the European markets in 2024. It can launch in China even earlier. There is a chance this model will make its international debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April 2024.