With the unveiling of its second planned-for-production vehicle, the 03 concept sedan, Lynk Co took another step forward in its plan to disrupt the automotive industry. In addition to previewing the concept’s styling, the nascent Geely-owned startup announced that its cars will come with free data connectivity and a lifetime warranty on every car, without giving details on the terms.
The sedan was shown to about 800 people at a private launch event ahead of the Shanghai auto show, where the production version of the 01 SUV will be shown alongside the 03 concept. Technically, this sedan is the third vehicle we’ve seen from Lynk, the 01 SUV being the first and a wild design study the second, but the 03 is the second preview of a car actually intended for production.
The included warranty and data are just two more elements of the company’s plan to completely change the way people buy, use, and experience cars. Promoting the vehicles as “smartphones on wheels,” Lynk has announced its intention to sell directly to customers using the internet and other alternative methods rather than through dealerships, but it also wants to provide the option for subscription services similar to Netflix or Spotify. There will also be a built-in button specifically for sharing or renting the vehicle, Airbnb style.
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For now, there is no other information on the 03 concept; only photos were provided, but the design language looks extremely similar to the company’s crossover model. The headlights sit atop the front end like frog eyes, and a wide grille stretches across the fascia. A blacked-out roof makes the thick, shark-fin-like C-pillar a focal point, and a horizontal light bar extends across the rear. Lynk said it will start selling the 01 in China this year and follow that up by opening sales to Europe and the United States next year.