Lynk & Co has officially revealed a new model called the 02, which is the third model from the brand owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding after the 01 SUV and 03 sedan. The crossover model is built on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform that underpins the XC40, and is expected to use the associated powertrains as well.

According to Autocar UK, this includes a 1.5 litre three-cylinder engine, likely in hybrid and plug-in hybrid forms, with an all-electric version planned for the future. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox will be used for powertrains with internal combustion engines, and the PHEV model is said to offer 50 km of pure electric range.

Visually, the 02 appears like a scaled down version of the 01, although it appears more low slung by comparison. Shared elements include the design of the headlamps and taillights, with the latter also sporting a trim piece linking them, with ‘Lynk & Co’ lettering.

The 02 is certainly the more dynamic-looking of the two Lynk & Co SUVs, with more prominent black highlights around the wheel arches. Meanwhile, the lower section of the front bumper can be painted to contrast with the rest of the bodywork, a styling cue that is replicated for the wheels, side skirt as well as the rear bumper trim piece.

As for the interior, the 02 stays in line with the rest of the line-up with elements such as oblong-shaped air-con vents, a large touchscreen infotainment system and a digital display instrument cluster. The steering wheel design and layout of the centre console controls and gear lever are also very similar, but there’s a decorative inlay between the vents and centre screen.

“Sporty, adventurous, dynamic, daring, confident and fun, the 02 sits at the absolute centre of our brand. A shorter wheelbase, lower ride height and centre of gravity – combined with two-tone colour schemes and softer, voluptuous surfaces, muscular haunches and wheel-arches – give 02 a solid and confident stance while being agile and sporty in character,” said Andreas Nilsson, head of design at Lynk & Co.

The company is already selling its cars in China since last year, and has revealed plans to begin doing the same in Europe. Its first location will be in Amsterdam, which will be followed by locations in Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels and London. These locations are referred to as “offline stores,” and will be located in “central fashion districts as easy-to-navigate, sociable and fun brand boutiques.”

Just like the XC40, the 02 will be offered via subscription and car-sharing sales programmes available through online stores. If that isn’t enough, the company has also entered into a design partnership with Tictail to create ‘The City Dweller Series’ fashion and homewear range.

The company also revealed plans for sales in Europe. The company is already selling cars in China, and its first location for European sales will be Amsterdam. The next locations are Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels and London.

Back to the vehicle in question, production of the 02 for Europe will commence in Ghent, Belgium from late 2019, at the same assembly line used for the XC40. “We see a big potential for this new brand entering the European market and we are happy to give Lynk & Co the support of Volvo’s technological and industrial expertise,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars.