Following its earlier appearance, the Lynk & Co 03 sedan has now been spotted running road tests with a parts supplier in Germany. Wearing rough prototype-spec lighting, the basic design of the Shanghai concept is still apparent, with distinctive split upper and lower headlights.

Changes are more evident around the back, with the exhaust exits – now round rather than trapezoidal in shape – having been relocated to the lower corners of the rear diffuser, instead of through outlets in the bumper on the show car. The bootlid’s trailing edge appears to retain the sculpted lip from before, and the distinctive boomerang-shaped tail lights remain here as well.

Here in the captured interior image, we can see that certain elements from the official pictures such as the air-conditioning vents, gear lever, and steering wheel have made it to the test mule, though the instrumentation here employs an analogue speedometer within its cluster, compared to the fully digital setup as portrayed in the official image set.

The 03 sedan is expected to use Volvo’s CMA platform which will underpin the new range of 40-series Volvos, which means its powertrain options could be selection of Volvo’s 1.5 litre, turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine paired to an electric motor in Volvo T5 hybrid configuration, plus a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder.

Given the news of Volvo’s strong push into electrified powertrains, these can thus be expected to figure heavily into future Lynk & Co product plans as well. Following Geely’s recent acquisition of Proton, right-hand drive models are expected to be built at the national carmaker’s Tanjung Malim plant.


GALLERY: Lynk & Co 03 Concept