After just four years on the market, Lynk & Co has decided to introduce an updated version of the Lynk & Co 03. Based on the famed CMA platform co-developed between Geely and Volvo, the 03 sedan is expected to go on sale as soon as this year.
While Lynk & Co calls the new Lynk & Co 03 a new generation model, it's closer to a major midlife facelift, seeing that the sedan is now right smack in its fourth year of its lifecycle.
If you think that the all-new 03’s design didn’t change much, look closer. Gone is the horizontal grille and in its place is a larger grille that extends to the lower edges of the bumper with a simple vertical line design.
The bumper has also been redesigned to feature more aggressive side air-intakes. Overall, the Lynk & Co 03 has a sportier and more aggressive front end compared to the sophisticated look the previous generation sports.
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At the rear, the sporty theme continues with a redesigned taillight that now spans the tailgate. The bumper has also been redesigned to feature trims that mirror the side air-intake design and to fit the quad exhaust pipes.
For the sportiest version of the 03, the Lynk & Co 03+, there is a choice of two rear spoilers to further spruce up the car.
Inside, the Lynk & Co 03 still features shots of lime-coloured accents however, the largest change is the new 12.8-inch floating screen. The screen is now placed higher up on the dash with the air-cond vents relocated beneath the screen.
The driver also gets a larger 12.3-inch fully-digital instrument panel in place of the old 10.25-inch panel. Moving the infotainment screen up also means a less cluttered centre tunnel and makes room for more storage space.
Firepower has been upgraded across the board. Gone is the old 1.5-litre engine and in its place is a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that produces 258 PS and 350 Nm. The engine is paired with a 7-speed DCT for the standard petrol engines.
The Lynk & Co 03+’s 2.0-litre engine, on the other hand, is paired with an 8-speed conventional automatic that sends power to all four wheels. The 03+ also dispenses more power at 269 PS.
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For the hybrid (HEV) variants, the 03 runs on Lynk & Co’s EM-F system that features a 1.5-litre engine paired with a 3-speed DHT Pro gearbox. The total power output of the system will produce 248 PS and 545 Nm. Fuel consumption is rated at 4.5-l/100 km.
As mentioned earlier, Lynk & Co 03 is set to go on sale later this year with a massive price jump.
Previously, prices started at RMB 136,800 (~RM 88,000), the new generation on the other hand will start from RMB 154,800 (~RM 99,000) for the base variant and tops off at RMB 176,800 (~RM 114,000).
Prices for the HEV variants start RMB 157,800 (~RM 102,000) and tops off at RMB 169,800 (~RM 109,000).
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