Spied Information ON The New Lynk & Co 03 Saloon

The Lynk & Co 03 has been spied testing again, serving up our best look yet at the new Chinese marque’s upcoming saloon model which we saw in concept form at the Shanghai Motor Show back in April.

These latest spy shots peel back the covers on the production 03 even more, making it clear to see that Geely owned Lynk & Co intends to produce a car sticking true to the design principles laid out with the concept.

It’ll also take on a design heavily influenced by the Lynk & Co 01 – the firm’s crossover, which is due on sale in the UK next year.

The production 01 sits on the Compact Modular Architecture platform co-developed with Volvo, so it's likely the 03 will also use that architecture. Volvo's upcoming XC40 crossover is also set to be based on the new underpinnings, as are expected S40 saloon and V40 hatchback models – so we're effectively looking at Lynk & Co's interpretation of the next Volvo S40.

That means it will likely share the same engine line-up: a 1.5-litre three-cylinder unit as well as a four-cylinder petrol, with hybrid versions to come in the future. A full EV is also possible, as the platform is being developed to support that technology 

The concept boasts strong proportions, with a chunky stance over large alloy wheels and low-profile tyres, and a distinctive sweeping roofline edged by an unbroken line of brightwork – not unlike that of the Kia Optima and Jaguar XJ.

At the front are a pair of high-mounted headlights that sit above two horizontal air intakes. The rear lights appear to be intricately detailed LED units, while an integrated lip spoiler and a pair of exhausts in a diffuser-style element give the 03 an appropriately sporting look.

The cabin is a world away from most Chinese designs, with a unique design and an emphasis on technology – one aspect Lynk & Co will push heavily as it expands into global markets. The Instruments will fully digital in some models, and there's a large central touchscreen for infotainment features.

At the 03's preview event in Shanghai, Lynk & Co executives also revealed the company's new, app-based car sharing feature, in which your smartphone is your car key. The set-up allows you to share your car with friends via an app.

The company says its cars will be permanently connected WiFi hotspots, so you can hook up to the car while out and about. In-car data will be free, for permanent connectivity.

In fact, the purchase process too will be entirely online, as part of a business model where all the car's features are standard and the car is sold at a fixed price, delivered to your door. Subscription models will also be available.