European advertising taglines for Geely’s Lynk & Co. ask: “Is it a automobile, a membership, or a neighborhood? Sure.”

Since its 2016 announcement, Lynk & Co.—if you will get previous the title that sounds rather a lot like Lincoln to People—has been constructed round a stable assortment of future-focused, technology-informed concepts than a car model itself. 

After a brand new Zero Concept revealed in China final week, Wednesday marked the model’s official launch in Europe.

Near a smartphone mannequin for automobiles, Lynk & Co.’s choices for Europe cowl a variety of potentialities between a membership, a subscription, and a car-sharing platform—and two mannequin selections, each with Volvo pedigree. 

There’s no plan for dealerships, showrooms, studios, or any type of retail house, and a 500-euro ($590) month-to-month membership will get you a automobile full-time and covers insurance coverage, scheduled upkeep, and entry to the car-sharing platform. 

Optionally, you possibly can share your automobile with different members—together with family and friends—to offset a few of these month-to-month prices, with sharing based mostly on a smartphone-based digital key.

Lynk & Co. says that the typical automobile is just in use for about 4% of the time, so this makes every car higher utilized and helps scale back the whole variety of automobiles.

If members don’t want a automobile full-time, they will entry the platform piecemeal and solely pay a price every time you borrow a automobile. 

Though Lynk & Co. was launched particularly as a “world automobile model,” it’s been solely a Chinese language model because the 01 went into manufacturing in 2017. Initially it deliberate to reach in Europe in 2019 and the U.S. in 2020, main with San Francisco.

Volvo CMA modular compact car platform

Volvo CMA modular compact automobile platform

Volvo CMA modular compact car platform

Volvo CMA modular compact automobile platform

Volvo CMA modular compact car platform

Volvo CMA modular compact automobile platform

For now the one mannequin provided is the 01, a crossover SUV developed at a joint Volvo-Geely heart in Gothenburg, Sweden, based mostly on the corporate’s Compact Modular Structure (CMA), and carefully associated to the Volvo XC40 crossover—and the Polestar 2 EV and upcoming fully electric XC40 Recharge. It’s about 179 inches lengthy, 73 inches broad, and 66 inches excessive, and rides on a 107.7-inch wheelbase—making it only a bit longer than the Volvo XC40 in key dimensions. There are 8.4 inches of floor clearance, and Lynk & Co. truly lists method and departure angles (19.4 and 26.3 levels, entrance and rear). 

A 1.5-liter turbo-3 gasoline engine and 7-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission are below the hood of the hybrid and the plug-in hybrid. Plug-in hybrids have a 180-hp model of the engine plus an 80-hp electrical motor packaged with the transmission. The corporate doesn’t checklist mixed energy and torque figures. 

Lynk & Co. 01 - Euro-spec

Lynk & Co. 01 – Euro-spec

The 17.6 kilowatt-hour (14.1 kwh usable) battery, packaged within the central tunnel of the plug-in hybrid, prices up in 5 hours on 230V and might present as much as 43 miles of all-electric driving (on the WLTP cycle). 

Hybrid variations as an alternative have a 140-hp model of the engine plus a 54-hp electrical motor and a 1.8-kwh battery pack. Plug-in hybrid variations can get to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds, whereas hybrid variations take 8.0 seconds. 

All variations to this point for Europe have front-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive model that’s provided for the Chinese language market isn’t provided. 

Based mostly on the impressions of those that’ve pushed the Lynk & Co. automobiles to this point, anticipate a smooth trip and efficiency that’s removed from performance-tuned—with extra of a concentrate on the display screen and the interface, maybe, than the driving expertise. The one selections that clients have in speccing their 01 is to decide on between black or blue and hybrid or plug-in hybrid. Its function checklist consists of cabin items made from Econyl from recycled fishing strains, a big central touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, its personal cloud storage, and a “social media digicam.”

Lynk & Co. 01 - Euro-spec

Lynk & Co. 01 – Euro-spec

Though the European rollout solely consists of the 01 for now, different world automobiles from the model embody the smaller, considerably sportier-looking 02 crossover, already in manufacturing and probably additionally headed to Europe, and a 03 sedan solely for China. Fashions 04 and 05 are additionally on the way in which.

Lynk & Co. additionally says that it desires to ascertain a bodily presence in key cities, however not within the type of a standard dealership or showroom. As an alternative, it is going to have golf equipment that host member-only social occasions—sounding a bit like a cross between. Golf equipment in Amsterdam and Gothenburg, Sweden will open by the tip of the 12 months. 

Sure, you may drive an identical car with Volvo’s Automobile by Volvo subscriptions, and its sustainability-and-EV-focused cousin, Polestar, plans to supply an identical car-sharing function. If you wish to purchase into greater than a automobile or a automobile model, that’s irrelevant.