The entire range of Lynk & Co models, including the 01 SUV, 02 compact crossover and 03 sedan, has been spotted in Malaysia by several readers. All across the peninsular, because the ones snapped by Parhelia are from mules spotted in Kuantan, and from Neoh Perng King, in Penang.

As with an earlier sighting of the 01, all these cars are barely camouflaged and are marked as left-hand drive vehicles. Their presence further strengthens the belief that Zhejiang Geely will use Proton’s Tanjung Malim plant to build right-hand drive versions of Lynk & Co models.

The mules running around are likely being used to evaluate and develop RHD conversions that will allow Lynk & Co models to be sold in RHD markets within and outside the ASEAN region. While the evidence may present this as a certainty, without official word from the relevant parties, we’ll have to label this as a possibility for now.

Currently, production of the 01 has already begun in China, a LHD market, and will reportedly be expanded to Volvo’s plant in Ghent, Belgium and South Carolina, USA – the former caters to RHD countries and markets in Europe. Malaysia’s possible addition to this list should help widen Lynk & Co’s production network further.

It’s hard to confirm what powertrains are being employed in these test cars, but all three Lynk & Co models are available with 1.5 three-cylinder or 2.0 litre four-pot turbo petrol engines. The former serves as the base for a plug-in hybrid powertrain, which will also be offered for all three models, albeit with different rollout times.

Another similar trait across the three models is they utilise the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform that also underpins the Volvo XC40.

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Proton has already announced that its Tanjung Malim facility will be transformed into an R&D and production hub for right-hand drive models within the Geely Group, which includes Lynk & Co. However, whether these Malaysian-built Lynk & Co models (if it happens) will be for export only, or for local consumption as well, remains to be seen.

There’s also another pressing question: will these Lynk & Co models be used as the basis for upcoming Proton models? We’re inclined to say no for now, because Proton has already secured the use of intellectual properties (IP) and the rights to manufacture and sell three Geely models, namely the Geely Boyue (Proton X70) plus two models – the Binyue SUV (SX11) and Jiaji MPV (VF11). It would make more sense for the national carmaker to focus on getting these cars to market first.

Of course, nothing is set in stone and the situation may change in the future, so we’ll have to wait for more details. In the meantime, we’ve attached a summary of dimensions for all the vehicles mentioned in this article above for you to make your assumptions. Don’t forget to share them in the comments section below.

GALLERY: Lynk & Co 01

GALLERY: Lynk & Co 02

GALLERY: Lynk & Co 03