Lynk & Co 09 (Volvo XC90’s cousin) showcased in Chengdu [Update]

The Lynk & Co 09, the brand’s new flagship SUV, has made its motorshow debut at the 2021 Chengdu Motor Show. The flagship Lynk & Co model, which made its world premiere on June 19, 2021, is a technical cousin of the second-gen Volvo XC90 that goes out of production next year.

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.

Lynk & Co hasn’t revealed the dimensions of the 09 yet, but reports say that it 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 will get an option to configure the 09 with six or seven seats.

Lynk and Co 09 interior dashboard
Lynk & Co will reportedly offer the 09 in MHEV, HEV, and PHEV types, but the question is will it sail away from China. Image Sources: Weibo/Lynk & Co

According to reports from chejiahao.autohome.com.cn and autohome.com.cn, the top-end configuration of the new Lynk & Co SUV packs 12-way power front seats, wireless smartphone charger, AR navigation, active noise reduction system, Nappa leather upholstery, and aromatherapy system with three modes. 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) are also part of the package.

According to another report from autohome.com.cn, the Lynk & Co 09 will come in MHEV, HEV, and PHEV variants, all employing a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. The report suggests that the maximum power output will range between 252 PS (249 hp) and 431 PS (425 hp). All configurations should have an 8-speed automatic transmission from Aisin, and the top-end configurations may include BorgWarner’s sixth-gen AWD system.

Lynk & Co plans to announce the specifications and prices of the 09 later this year.

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.

Lynk & Co has sold well over 500,000 units in China this year. 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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