Lynk & Co 09 (Volvo XC90’s cousin) on sale in China [Update]

The Lynk & Co 09, a technical cousin of Volvo’s second-gen XC90, made its motorshow debut at the 2021 Chengdu Motor Show in August 2021. Lynk & Co has now launched the 09 as its new flagship SUV in China.

Design

The Volvo XC90 has an upright stance, is boxy, and looks like a standard three-row family hauler. The Lynk & Co 09, with a floating roofline, narrower rear quarter glass, and a raked rear windscreen, looks contemporary and does not strike viewers as a three-row SUV until the doors open. The bug-eyed upper lights and the anvil-shaped radiator grille with unusually tall vertical bars may not be to everyone’s taste. However, the flush door handles are a nice touch, and so are the tail lamps carve into the fender. Designers have succeeded in making an SUV that’s youthful and sporty, with a European design.

The Lynk & Co 09 yet is 5,042 mm (198.5 in.) long, 1,977 mm (77.8 in.) wide, and 1,780 mm (70.1 in.) tall. In comparison, the XC90 is 195 in. long, 84.3 in. wide, and 69.9 in. tall. The Chinese car’s wheelbase measures 2,984 mm or 117.5 in, the same as that of the Swedish SUV.

Interior

The interior of the Lynk & Co 09 has a minimalist theme with features like a low-profile dashboard, compact steering wheel, large touchscreen infotainment system, slim air vents, and a fully digital instrument cluster. That is the basic design recipe for any car in 2021, so nothing exceptional here. Lynk & Co says the 09 has six displays, three of which are the head-up display, central screen, and instrument cluster for the driver. Customers get an option to configure the 09 with six or seven seats.

Lynk and Co 09 interior dashboard
Lynk & Co offers the 09 in MHEV and PHEV types, but the question is will it sail overseas. Image Sources: Weibo/Lynk & Co

Four-zone automatic climate control, 16-way power front seats with massage function, Nappa leather upholstery, 12.3-inch virtual instrument cluster, 14-speaker Bose sound system, 12.8-inch W-HUD head-up display, Face ID recognition, AR-navigation, etc. are some of the main interior features of the Lynk & Co 09.

According to reports from chejiahao.autohome.com.cn and autohome.com.cn, the top-end configuration of the new Lynk & Co SUV offers Level 2 and Level 3 autonomous driving functions like High-speed Automatic Lane Change, automatic parking, and low-speed congestion pilot function (probably similar to Volvo Cars’ Traffic Jam Assistance) as well.

Specifications

The Lynk & Co 09 comes in MHEV and PHEV variants, both employing a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces 187 kW (254 PS/251 hp) of power and 350 Nm (258 lb.-ft.) of torque in both variants. The mild-hybrid variant features a belt-driven starter generator (BSG), a 48-volt traction battery, and a mechanical full-time AWD system. It can achieve a top speed of 215 km/h (136 mph).

The plug-in hybrid variant features an electric motor at the rear axle that leads to an e-AWD drivetrain layout and a larger battery pack that allows driving in EV mode. The rear motor generates 130 kW (177 PS/174 hp) of power and 309 Nm (228 lb.-ft.) of torque. Together, the engine and motor offer 317 kW (431 PS/425 hp) of system power and 659 Nm (486 lb.-ft.) of system torque. The additional battery pack feeding the electric motor can store 18.83 kWh of energy and provide a zero-emission driving range of 60 km (37 miles). The plug-in hybrid variant has a higher top speed of 230 km/h (143 mph).

Lynk & Co 09 price

The Lynk & Co 09’s prices start at CNY 265,900 (USD 41,592) in the mild-hybrid variant and at CNY 315,900 (USD 49,413) in the plug-in hybrid variant. In comparison, the XC90’s prices start at CNY 638,900 (USD 99,937) in the mild-hybrid variant and at CNY 894,900 (USD 139,981) in the plug-in hybrid variant.

Reservations

According to a report released by autohome.com.cn on November 26, 2021, Lynk & Co has received more than 10,000 reservations for the 09 SUV. More than 60% of the reservations are for the plug-in hybrid variant, which should motivate the company to further strengthen electrification in its portfolio.

Lynk & Co 09 for Europe?

Lynk & Co launched in Europe in September 2020 and began deliveries In April 2021. The company offers the Lynk & Co 01 hybrid/plug-in hybrid in Sweden, Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, and Spain. In Sweden, the 01 costs SEK 360,000, although there is an alternative to subscribe to it at SEK 5,500/month. The company could release the 09 in Europe if there is enough demand and hold a preview next year to gauge the potential.

Established in October 2016, Lynk & Co has found 600,000 users in a short span of five years (as of October 2021). The Chinese automaker has a range of seven models: 01 SUV, 02 Hatchback, 02 (SUV), 03 sedan (incl. 03+ performance variant), 05 SUV-coupe, 06 SUV, and the 09 SUV.

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