All-electric Lynk & Co Zero spotted road-testing with quad motors and four-wheel steering

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From winning multiple WTCR titles (with the Lynk & Co 03 TCR) to a once-pioneering premium brand in the Chinese car market, Lynk & Co is finally gearing up for an electrified future with a new flagship sedan.

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The new flagship vehicle, codename E371, is a pure electric sedan that measures approximately 5 meters in length, 2 meters in width, and has a 3-meter wheelbase. It falls into the same category as Zeekr 001 and Avatr 12. We must note that the original Lynk & Co Zero concept from 4 years ago became what we know as the Zeekr 001 today. Geely Auto owns Zeekr, and Lynk & Co is co-owned by Geely Auto and Volvo.

From the spy shots, the new Zero will adopt the latest design language from the Lynk & Co EM-P family. While the new Zero’s headlights continue with Lynk & Co’s iconic design of separate daytime running lights, the side profile reminds us of the Lotus Emeya. Geely also owns Lotus. The rear design complements the front with a similar style to the Lynk & Co 07 EM-P PHEV, featuring a continuous taillight strip. The new Zero is a sedan with an electrified rear spoiler.

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Lotus Emeya

The new Lynk & Co Zero will be built on the same SEA (Sustainable Experience Architecture) platform as the Zeekr 001. Although little is known, we may assume the car houses a powertrain similar to its Zeekr counterpart. The dual-motor all-wheel-drive will have a combined power of 580 kW and a range of up to 656 km. Zero will be based on the 800V platform used on the Zeekr 001.

It is rumored that the top trim of the new Zero will house quad motors with four-wheel steering. If this is true, a five-link rear suspension will provide more space for rear-wheel steering, potentially translating to a higher level of comfort for the passengers. The motors themselves need to be compact and lightweight to optimize space utilization.

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The Zeekr 001 FR with quad-motors has 1,247 hp and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.07 seconds. Based on this data, the new Lynk & Co. Zero is potentially another 2-second car to hit the market, faster than the Xiaomi SU7 Max at 2.78 seconds.

Earlier this year, Toyota Chairman Akio Toyoda claimed that EV sales would be capped at around 30% of all new vehicle sales globally. In China, the largest car market in the world, EV sales have already reached 31.1% during the first quarter of 2024. With China’s growing charging network and cheap electricity prices, EV sales are unlikely to slow down.

From April 2023 to March 2024, Lynk & Co sold 226,980 accumulated units in Mainland China, while Zeekr only sold 136,510 accumulated units. Zeekr has focused on developing new EVs like the Zeekr 001, 007, 009, and X. Lynk & Co, primarily focusing on PHEVs.

Next month, the Lynk & Co Zero will be revealed in Gothenburg, Sweden, with an official launch expected around the middle of 2024. The expected price range is around 200,000 yuan (27,600 USD) to 300,000 yuan (41,450 USD). With the introduction of Lynk & Co Zero, the sales gap between Lynk & Co and Zeekr, the sister companies, may widen even further.

Source: PC-Home

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