Same engine, same chassis: The Lynk & Co. 06 is the Proton X50's cooler cousin

Sanjay · Sep 9, 2020 03:31 PM

Same engine, same chassis: The Lynk & Co. 06 is the Proton X50's cooler cousin 01

While the Proton X50 is coming soon (by October)let's take a look at its recently-launched, quirky cousin - the Lynk & Co. 06.

What has the Proton X50 got to do with anything?

We hear you ask. Well, Lynk & Co. is part of Geely Auto and as such, the 06 shares the BMA (B-segment Modular Architecture) with the Geely Binyue, which in turn underpins our upcoming X50. 

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It doesn't stop there. The 06 gets a 1.5-litre, turbocharged three-cylinder mill pushing out 177 PS and 255 Nm mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission - a pairing widely touted to be in the X50. It even shares the same ADAS suite as the Binyue.

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Proton finally acknowledged the X50 in their Merdeka teaser.

Convinced? Now let's take a look at it...

Characteristic exterior

Think of Lynk & Co. as a 'lifestyle automotive brand' and you're on the right track. 

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With such branding, their cars to tend to be a little more characterful compared to their nearest competitors - which explains the look. 

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It's a familiar face, wearing the brand's signature wide and slim front grille and unique LED headlights which makes the whole car look very modern, especially when paired with the orange or chrome (variant dependent) grille garnish.

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The orange theme carries over to the wheels as the range-topping Halo variant gets contrasting orange spokes, while Pro and Plus models get standard single-coloured wheels.

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From top: Halo, Pro, Plus.

Speaking of which, there is a choice of 18- or 19-inch wheels, depending on variant.

Same engine, same chassis: The Lynk & Co. 06 is the Proton X50's cooler cousin 06

Orange highlights above the doors are only on the Halo variant. Also, note the quasi-floating C-pillar! 

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The back looks really fresh too, thanks to its LED combination rear lamps that trails all the way to the sides.

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It's honestly a fresh take on a tried-and-tested platform, and it doesn't look half bad either. 

Interior

Completely refreshed, to sum it up. 

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It's delactable, the 06. More than just a sea of black and grey, there's multi-coloured detailing on the dashboard and seats. Check out the rear seats - that's three tones!

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Exuberant best describes it - there's lots of minute details in the design that gives the whole package a little extra pop.

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The digital instrument cluster stays and so does the 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment display. 

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Sharp, exuberant, and youthful - that's for sure!

Price, variants, Malaysia availability

Three variants are offered: the range-topping Plus, the middling Pro and the Plus. 

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However, only the Plus and Pro gets plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variants. 

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As far as Malaysians are concerned though, we're not getting one of these anytime soon because our market simply doesn't fit this niche. But is it?

If the X50 takes off, Geely might think about bringing this funky SUV in. What say you?

Sanjay

Writer

With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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