The Lynk & Co 02 is Proton's sexier cousin

CY Foong · Nov 20, 2020 02:31 PM

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We’ve been covering quite a bit on Proton’s parent company Geely but quite possibly one of the most ambitious companies out of the Chinese giant would have to be Lynk & Co.

With a name that gives an air of mystery and intrigue and a model line-up that consists of numbers, Lynk & Co is far from just a daring dream.

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Positioned between Geely and Volvo, Lynk & Co primarily targets the young and affluent demographic in China with a direct-to-consumer sales model similar to Tesla.

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Now, the Lynk & Co 02 isn’t a brand-new car, neither is this model you see here on display at the 2020 Guangzhou Auto Show an updated model.

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Launched in 2018, the Lynk & Co 02 uses the same CMA platform as the Volvo XC40. Not exactly due for a new generation but perhaps an update might be needed.

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For one, the Lynk & Co 02 has a very unique design reminiscent of a Porsche at the front, while the back looks similar to a Subaru XV. Its European-esque design is no coincidence as one of the designers listed for the 02 is Swedish.

Oh, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. The Lynk & Co 02 is offered in purple, not exactly a colour that’s popular or holds a good resale value but interesting.

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However, the interior is actually light grey in colour with some wood trim pieces placed on the dash. The purple lighting at Lynk & Co’s stand in the 2020 Guangzhou Auto Show isn’t helping much to show the true colours.

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The seats use a mix of nubuck and leather, and they're not purple either

The Lynk & Co 02 is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-litre 3-pot or a turbocharged 2.0-litre inline-4 and comes with a range of transmissions including a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic, and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

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With its hatchback-style, the Lynk & Co 02 competes against the Mercedes-Benz GLA but costs much less than the German compact SUV.

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Despite ambitions to have the brand sold overseas, particularly in Europe, Lynk & Co’s models are only available in China for now. But its style definitely attracts a younger and urban group. Could this model fit in Proton’s line-up?

CY Foong

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Traded advertising for a career that fits his passion for cars. Enjoys spotting cars during his free time and has a soft spot for Japanese Kei cars but drives a thirsty manual sedan.

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