New 2019 Lynk & Co 03 saloon teased again

Sketches of upcoming Lynk & Co 03 saloon emerge online ahead of its official reveal; set to use Volvo V40 platform

The forthcoming Lynk & Co 03 saloon has been teased in sketch form, just days after official camo shots of the car were released online.

The sketches give us a taste of a sporty and aggressive look for the 03, further hinting at the possibility of faster trims akin to BMW’s M Sport and Mercedes’ AMG Line models.

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Last week’s teaser shots remain our best look at the car since the Chinese marque’s saloon concept was shown at the Shanghai Motor Show in April 2017.

Those images peel back the covers on the production 03 even more, making it clear to see that Geely-owned Lynk & Co intends to produce a car sticking true to the design principles laid out with the concept. It’ll take on a design heavily influenced by the Lynk & Co 01 – the firm’s crossover – too.

With only minimal disguise along the car’s flanks, it’s easy to see the 03’s sharp crease along its waistline and silver trim running around the window. Intricate LED lights can be seen at the rear along with twin-exit exhausts and a pronounced lip spoiler. At the front we’re given an even better look at the car’s nose – including the split level headlights with separate DRLs.

The official testing pics follow on from photos snapped by eagle-eyed readers Lily Browne and Jon Spinner, back in 2017.

The 03 will use the Compact Modular Architecture platform co-developed with Volvo, which means that it’ll share its underpinnings with the XC40 SUV and the upcoming S40 saloon and V40 estate.

With Lynk & Co’s confirmation that all UK models will feature electrification of some sort, we can be confident of the Volvo-sourced engines that’ll be offered. Volvo’s new 1.5-litre three cylinder petrol will be paired with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, and a 2.0-litre variant related to the unit used by the XC60 T8 could also feature. Lynk & Co has claimed that in testing, the 03 regularly achieves a pure electric range of 40 miles. A full EV is also possible, as the platform is being developed to support that technology.

We’ve not seen inside the 03 yet, but the concept gave us an idea of how the production car’s interior might look. It’s a world away from most Chinese designs, with a unique design and an emphasis on technology – one aspect Lynk & Co will push heavily as it expands into global markets. The instruments are likely to be fully digital, and there’s a large central touchscreen for infotainment features.

At the 03’s preview event in Shanghai, Lynk & Co executives revealed the company’s app-based car sharing feature,. In effect, the user’s smartphone is the car key, and drivers are able to share the car with friends via an app.

The company says its cars will be permanently connected online, so you can hook up to the car via a WiFi hotspot while out and about. In-car data will be free, for permanent connectivity.

In fact, the purchase process too will be entirely online, as part of a business model where all the car’s features are standard and the car is sold at a fixed price, delivered to your door. Subscription models will also be available.

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