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Chinese compact SUV by Lynk & Co coming in 2018

A poor man’s Volvo? By ,

As promised earlier this week, Chinese automaker Geely today launched a new mainstream brand called Lynk & Co. The latter will first introduce a compact SUV in its domestic market late next year, followed by Europe and the U.S.―and likely Canada, too―in 2018.

Geely, if you remember, also owns Volvo, which is exclusively aimed at luxury buyers.

Said SUV is based on the Compact Modular Architecture platform jointly developed by Geely and Volvo. It goes by the numerical designation “01,” while other Lynk vehicles to follow (including a sedan) will be named “02,” “03,” and so forth.

As a hybrid, the small SUV combines a 1.5L 3-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor, and offers the choice of a manual or dual-clutch transmission. Of course, it’s entirely possible that other powertrain options will be available when North American sales begin, including online.

Production will take place in China.

“Our aim is to enrich and simplify car ownership by re-defining how cars are bought, owned, connected, serviced, and used,” Lynk senior vice president Alain Visser said in a statement in addition to mentioning “highly competitive” prices as well as unprecedented connectivity and sharing (think Airbnb for cars).