Drivers will be able to share the key to the car with friends using a smartphone app.
Geely, which owns Volvo, is a company that may not be very well known outside of China, but the automaker wants to change that with plans to bring a new fleet of technically-advanced vehicles to the US and roll out 500,000 cars by the year 2021, as part of its recently founded Lynk & Co company. Revealed last year, its first concept took was a fully-connected crossover branded simply as "01". Now Lynk & Co is previewing a new “03” sedan concept as a design prototype ahead of its debut at this week’s Shanghai Auto Show.
Like the “01” crossover, the “03” sedan will ride on the same Volvo-developed Compact Modular Architecture, and looks to take many of its design cues from the “01,” SUV sporting a similar front-end with a prominent upper and lower grille spanning the width of the car, high-mounted headlights, a black roof, five-spoke wheels, dual tailpipes and LED taillights. It’s undeniably unique, but it’s not as dramatic as the futuristic design of the recently revealed “02” concept sedan. Lynk & Co hasn’t revealed any powertrain details for the “03” concept sedan, but it’s likely to share the same hybrid powertrain as the “01”, which will initially be offered with a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine linked to an electric motor.
A 2.0-liter four-cylinder model will follow, along with all-electric and plug-in hybrid models. Inside, the cabin is laden with technology, from a large central infotainment screen to fully digital instruments. These concepts highlight the automaker’s aim to embrace the digital age and unleash a range of fully-connected cars for different segments. Essentially, they are smartphones on wheels that are permanently connected to the internet - your smartphone can even act as a key and be shared with your friends using an app. When they go into production, each car will only be available to purchase online at a fixed price, with all features as standard, or you can use a subscription service.