Link & Co. Has released a picture of a dramatically styled concept that previews its new plug-in hybrid system.
Cut: The next dayThe concept of a four-door coupe with an unusual name and a bevy of distinctive design elements.
Lynk & Co hasn’t released much of the concept information yet, but it’s an “intelligent electric hybrid” – or plug-in hybrid – powertrain known as e-motive.
Car News China WLTP reports that the test cycle has a choice of three battery sizes with a range of 60, 100, and 150km of pure electric power, respectively.
The Next Day also states that the launch mode uses a three-speed dedicated hybrid transmission with capacity, and delivers 0-100km / h in less than five seconds.
A shot of the interior shows an electric range readout of 200 kilometers, but it remains to be seen whether the range of the e-motive powertrain will be so long.
For reference, Lynk & Co 01 has the claimed WLTP electric-only 69km range.
Like the 01 crossover, the new e-motive powertrain will continue to use a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine.
Fledgling Lynk & Co currently offers both hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. It shows a preview of an electric concept car in 2020, the Zero, but it reached production under the new Zeekr brand as 001 the following year.
Although there are some familiar Lynk & Co design elements, such as the vertical-oriented lighting in Fender, The Next Day looks nothing like the brand’s intelligent sedans, hatches and crossovers otherwise.
It has a smooth four-door grand tour similar to the Audi E-Tron GT or the upcoming Polyester 5, with flowing lines with aggressive hunches and sharp creases.
At the bottom, there is a narrow full-width taillight assembly, with two vertical elements on each side, such as a pair of inverted commas.
Of course there is the wild detail expected for a concept car, like four butterfly doors, the rear of which leans backwards.
It is also finished with paint that changes from pale gold on the front to a cool blue on the back, with gold elements at the base of the front and rear bumpers and along the side skirt.
Inside, there is a minimalist cabin with blue velvet upholstery, a spacious center touchscreen and a steering wheel seat.
While The Next Day may not preview a production vehicle, its powertrain could be used by next-generation Link & Co products.
Lynk & Co is said to be selling only electric cars after 2025, and plans to enter Australia the same year.
In 2024, it plans to start operating vehicles from Renault Korea Motors (RKM) ‘s Busan, Korea production line, of which Gili bought a 34.02 percent stake earlier this year.
In addition to reducing its presence in the Korean market, the agreement would give Gili a way to export cars to the United States without attracting tariffs for a free trade agreement between South Korea and the United States.
Earlier this year, Renault announced that it would begin building cars in Korea based on Gili’s compact modular architecture (CMA) – possibly the Link & Co model.
These new cars will use hybrid drivetrain and an internal-combustion engine (ICE) designed by Geely.
CMA is built by Volvo, a subsidiary of Gili, and the architecture underpins the XC40, Polyester 2 and various vehicles of the Gili, Link & Co and Zicker brands.
Although these Korean-made vehicles will be primarily designed for the South Korean market, RKM said it would allow them to be exported in the future.
With the latest announcement, it says that export market opportunities are currently being explored.
Last year, two automakers said they wanted to build a local version of the Link & Co model in South Korea.
Lynk & Co was founded in 2016 by its parent company, Geely.
Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, better known as Geely, currently counts brands such as Volvo, Polyester, Proton, Lotus, London EV Company, Smart and Link & Co in its portfolio.