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Both models will share technology with Lynk & Co’s fellow Geely-owned brand Volvo, including a range of engines. There will initially be a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine and a four-cylinder petrol, with hybrid and EV powertrains in the pipeline. The 01 will go on sale in China later in 2017, extending to Europe and the US thereafter. The premium SUV will spearhead the firm's entry into the global market, having been previewed in concept form last year. It was spotted by our spy photographers winter testing in 2016, and has even been sighted on UK roads ahead of its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show. The lightweight but tech-heavy newcomer is being hailed as the most connected car ever, and is based on the Compact Model Architecture which will be used by fellow Geely brand Volvo to underpin future models, including the new V40 hatch, S40 saloon and XC40 SUV. As will be the case with all LYNK & CO’s cars, the 01 has been designed in Sweden – under the eye of Brit Peter Horbury – and engineered there, too. Inside, there’s a 10.1-inch central touchscreen and telematics systems that are constantly connected to the Internet. Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink are supported, as is Android Auto in selected markets. A shareable ‘digital key’ allows owners to provide access to others, while the car can be controlled by smartphone via the LYNK & CO app. The firm is working with Ericsson to create what is described as an “advanced car connectivity cloud”. Andreas Nilsson, head of design at the new company, explained: “The design brief for LYNK & CO was simple: the cars should stand out from the crowd and appeal to a truly global audience. Plus we wanted to acknowledge that our users are extremely tech-savvy – a smartphone is an integral part of their lives and our interior design reflects that.”
The Nissan Lannia — the brand’s first model tailored specifically to the Chinese market — debuted at the Ford Taurus Receives Fresh Design in Shanghai” Nissan is aiming the oddly styled sedan at young buyers in their 20s and 30s. “Edging forward is not enough. The market in China is moving very fast, especially with the post-1980s generation,” said Titus Liu, creative design manager at Nissan Design China, in a release. “They do not want to stick with the status quo, so we are dedicated to finding the next great breakthrough.” The Lannia borrows bold design cues from the 2016 Nissan Maxima, but taken to the extreme. It sports a large nose, V-motion grille design, wide haunches, and geometric body lines similar to those of the full-size sedan. Peek around to the back, however, and the design becomes more polarizing. Inside, Nissan has filled the cabin with features that give it an athletic look, including a red dashboard and contrast stitching, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and a large 7.0-inch multimedia screen. The Lannia’s evolution first began two years ago in Shanghai when Nissan introduced the Friend-ME concept car. Looking at that model, you’ll notice a similar grille design but exceptionally sleek proportions. In 2014, the Lannia Concept built off the Friend-Me concept and grew to look a lot like the final production car. Watch the video below for a closer look at the Nissan Lannia and its market.
Representing Top 10 Electric Cars That Will Challenge Tesla in 2018/2019 01: BMW i3s Comes in 2018. Starting range 124 miles, 184hp, top Speed 99mph, price $48,000. 02: BMW Mini Concept Comes in 2019, Specs N/A 03: Mercedes GLC F-Cell Comes in 2019, Range 271miles (electric range-50km), 197hp, electronically-limited top speed of 99 mph, price $55,000 04: Mercedes EQ Concept Comes in 2019, Range 310 miles, 400 hp, top speed 150mph, price $39,000 05: Audi Elaine Comes in 2019, range 311 miles, 429hp, price N/A 06: Honda Urban EV Comes in 2019, Specs N/A 07: Jaguar I-PACE Comes in 2018, Range 220 miles, 400hp, top speed 200mph 08: Hyundai Kona Comes in 2018, Range 217 miles, 177hp, top speed 160mph, price $39,000 09: Volvo Polestar One Comes in 2019, Electric Range 93 miles, 600hp combined(electric 218 hp) 10: 2018 Nissan Leaf Comes in 2018, range 150 miles, 174hp, top speed 93mph, price $29,990 You can watch Tesla’s new 2 models from this video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTtjFL2ejcQ Tesla Model 3 Specs Starting Range 220 miles, 258 hp, top speed 140mph, price $35,000.
Borgward's BX7 is ready to hit the German market early next year, with a right-hand-drive BX5 being considered for the UK Reborn German marque Borgward is preparing to launch in Europe, with the introduction of its largest car, the BX7, planned for the first quarter of 2018 in Germany and neighbouring countries. A right-hand drive version of the smaller BX5 is the “next step”, according to Tom Anliker, Borgward’s Vice-President of marketing. Asked if it could come to Britain to serve in the ultra-competitive compact SUV segment, Anliker said “Yes, we are thinking about the UK”. At the Guangzhou Motor Show, the sportiest version of the BX7 – known as the BX7 TS - was centre stage for the firm. A European market launch for this variant of the company’s largest SUV is planned too, priced from around €44,000 (£39,300 approx). The BX7 itself has been homologated for left hand drive European markets and is now ready for launch. However, a right hand drive version has not been confirmed. Re-launching the Borgward name – historically not known for SUVs – in a market like China, has granted the brand valuable experience before its German homecoming, according to Chief Design Officer Anders Warming. The identity of the new Borgward is still something European consumers are unsure of, Warming added. The firm will use internet sales in Europe too, rather than open bespoke dealerships.
interior Exterior 00:00 Full Review 02:03 Crash Test 09:01 2018 Volvo XC40 Overview Changing perceptions At first glance the 2018 Volvo XC40, which arrives in the U.S. in May next year, bucks the conventional wisdom about how a modern Volvo should look. There’s no studied elegance to the exterior surfaces, no calming Swedish zen to the interior ambience. Instead, there’s a pugnacious swagger to the XC40 inside and out, with forms, materials, and colors that are reminders that not all Scandinavian designs are a riff on birch wood and mid-century furniture. And that’s exactly what Volvo design chief Thomas Ingenlath intended. He says although the XC90 redefined Volvo for the 21st century, the XC40 provides an opportunity to further change the perception of Volvo and broaden the expression of the vehicles the company makes. “A family look doesn’t necessarily mean they all look like each other,” he says. The design language you see on the XC40 will be echoed on other small Volvos to be built on the new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) underpinning this compact SUV. The XC40 is recognizably a Volvo, but it’s distinctively different from the larger 90 and 60 vehicles. The grille has evolved, and the Thor’s hammer daylight running lights given a racier look. The body side features crisp lines over the front and rear wheels and a deep concave section on the doors. At the rear is another variation of Volvo’s long-standing tradition of extending the taillights up the trailing edge of the rear-most pillars. Most controversial element of the XC40’s sheetmetal is the way the greenhouse is pulled dramatically upward at the rear. On cars painted a single color, the C-pillar can look bulky, but the vast majority of XC40s are likely to be ordered with either the white or black painted roof that will be standard, respectively, on the entry-level Momentum and midlevel R-Sport models. Inside, the XC40 is a similar mix of the familiar and the new. Volvo’s 12.3-inch TFT instrument panel—used in XC90 and XC60—will be standard across the XC40 range, as will the 9.0-inch infotainment screen in the center of the dash. The minor switchgear is also familiar fare, and like other new Volvos, the XC40 is started by way of twisting a knob on the center console. But the rest is fresh and impressively thought-through. Volvo has, for example, removed the speakers from the doors to allow storage space for laptop computers and tablets. Those ordering the top-of-the-range Harmon Kardon audio system will still get 13 speakers, including a subwoofer mounted at the base of the windshield, adjacent to the wipers, to further save space. The center console features somewhere to place your phone-and charge it inductively-as well as a cubby that can house a tissue box and a hinged flap to a “waste bin,” along with the requisite retinue of cupholders. A power rear tailgate is standard, along with power-folding rear seats. The load space floor can be folded in sections to access additional storage underneath. The rigid load space cover, which helps reduce noise, can be clipped into place under the floor when transporting tall objects. Although the interiors of the 90 and 60 family vehicles are characterized by the use of sophisticated colors and materials, the XC40 will offer bolder and unconventional alternatives, including the availability of orange carpet and felt on the floors and doors in R-Sport models. Decor packs include metals with architectural designs and even rubber with a stylized 3-D map showing parts of Volvo’s hometown of Gothenburg. Volvo’s new CMA hardware delivers more traditional front-drive proportions and packaging than the SPA platform used for the 90 and 60 family vehicles. The XC40’s dash-to-axle is therefore shorter, but rear-seat accommodation is reasonable for what is basically a high-riding C-segment hatchback. There’s just enough kneeroom for adults to sit behind a tall driver, but there’s plenty of foot and headroom. At 174.2 inches long overall, 73.3 inches wide, and 65.1inches tall, the XC40 is 10.3 inches shorter and 1.5 inches narrower than the XC60. The wheelbase is 106.3 inches—6.5 inches less than that of the XC60. Two versions of the XC40 will be available in the U.S. at launch, each available in two trim levels—Momentum and R-Sport. The all-wheel-drive T5 gets the 250-hp iteration of Volvo’s turbocharged inline-four under the hood, while the front-drive T4 gets a less powerful version of the engine. Entry-level Momentum trim models of the T4 and T5 will be priced at $33,200 and $35,200, respectively. 2017 Test Drive "SUBSCRIBE NOW"
Set to arrive in Europe in 2020, we’ve been for an early drive in the Lynk & Co 02 SUV,
here’s a chance you may not have heard of Lynk & Co. The brand only appeared at the end of 2016, but in that short space of time it has come a relatively long way. Two models are already on sale in China, with a third in the pipeline. Think of the company as Volvo’s more adventurous younger brother, and you’ll be on the right lines.
It’ll be a few years until Lynk & Co appears in the UK with right-hand drive models, but the brand is coming, and the 02 – driven here for the first time – has been designed with a European market in mind. The company’s rapid growth has been made possible by the power of its parent company, Geely, one of China’s largest car makers.
When Lynk & Co arrives it will be positioned as a more affordable alternative to Volvo; just as Skoda is to Volkswagen. But being cheaper doesn’t mean a sacrifice when it comes to design or tech; the 02 is essentially a Volvo XC40 in a new designer suit. Visually, it’s a welcome antidote to the current tidal wave of mundane and conservative SUVs - the 02’s more daring shape and design cues giving it real kerb appeal.
It’s a similar story inside; the cabin is trimmed with a mix of leather, aluminium and textured plastics. A 10.2-inch display sits flush in the centre console and is controlled by touch or voice commands. In testament to how intuitive the infotainment system is to use, even in our Chinese spec test car the menus and sub menus were simple enough to navigate.
The driving position is low, there’s lots of adjustment in the steering wheel and build quality is first rate. Our car rolled out of Lynk & Co’s brand new £1.4 billion state-of-the-art factory in Zhangjakou, on the outskirts of Beijing – and on this evidence, it looks like the negative connotations associated with being ‘Made in China’ will soon be a thing of the past.
In Europe, every Lynk & Co model will be electrified, which means the 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine we’re driving here won’t be offered. It will, however, form a basis of the plug-in hybrid version.
In our car, the trademark three-cylinder thrum was well muted. Refinement has been a particular focus point in the car’s development, and that becomes more apparent as you begin to make progress. The light steering, cushioned ride and smooth seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox makes it a composed and civilized crossover to drive.
It also packs a punch, developing 178bhp and 245Nm of torque. Power delivery is far smoother than the boosty and frantic nature many three-cylinder engines are known for; suiting the car’s more mature and refined character.
At motorway speeds there was some noticeable wind noise around the A-Pillar, while the ride felt a little more unsettled – fidgeting over surfaces that seemed perfectly smooth to the naked eye. European cars will get a slightly tweaked suspension set-up, however.
Our test route around the roads of the Zhangjakou plant didn’t give us the opportunity to fully assess the car’s handling, but it’s clear the car’s softer and more comfort-focused setup is unlikely to win favour with keener drivers.
Despite it being relatively compact, the 02 is rather practical; there’s enough space for two six footers in the back with knee and headroom to spare. There are no boot measurements just yet but it’s clear the space is pretty standard for this type of vehicle.
What’s not so standard is the way Lynk & Co will sell its vehicles. Buyers can pay for them outright – our top spec test car costing around 200,000 RMB in China (£23,000) – or pay one monthly fixed fee to cover all vehicle costs. It’s too early for any initial figures, but the complexity and hassle that monthly fee will remove from the car buying process will surely appeal to the younger customers Lynk & Co is targeting.