China Unveils A Genuine Luxury SUV Thanks To Volvo

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Seems there are benefits to living in the Far East.

Volvo was bought by Chinese automaker Geely more than a decade ago, and in the time since the Swedish company distanced itself from former owners Ford, it has thrived. Volvo's success has led to a new company called Polestar, and that is doing pretty well too. But while Geely has a bit of a bad reputation for ripping off the designs of major European automakers, it and Volvo understand each other very well, and instead of making a copy of the Volvo XC90, Geely has completely restyled it, added some of its own flair, and created a pretty impressive SUV. Meet the Lynk & Co. 09. Yeah, there wasn't much imagination left over for the name.

Lynk & Co.
Lynk & Co.

The new SUV was first announced in April at the Auto Shanghai 2021 show and was unveiled just yesterday as part of Lynk & Co.'s fifth-anniversary celebrations. It's the first car in the Chinese automaker's lineup to sit atop Volvo's SPA modular platform, and as such, it gets a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Drive engine with hybrid assistance. How you get that assistance is up to you, as buyers can choose from a mild-hybrid system that develops a total of 250 horsepower or the plug-in option that gives you 425 horses. Whichever you choose, an eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, just like in the XC90.

Lynk & Co.
Lynk & Co.
Lynk & Co.
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While we wouldn't call the exterior design particularly pretty, we can see that the company is trying hard for a luxury feel. A barred grille, Range Rover-like door accents, headlights not dissimilar to those of a Kia SUV, and a shark-fin D-pillar are all design traits that you'd expect to see on a high-end SUV, and the flush door handles don't hurt either. Inside, you get an expansive touchscreen, a large driver cluster, and a neat but effective center console design that we admit isn't much different from that of the Volvo. Nevertheless, this looks like a solid effort overall, at at a price of 265,900 yuan, it costs a little less than $42,000. If China can keep this kind of work up, we're sure that it will find customers in more diverse markets soon enough.

Lynk & Co.
Lynk & Co.

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