Geely, the Chinese multinational automotive company that also owns Volvo and the Lynk & Co brands, has finally revealed to the world its first vehicle, a compact SUV named 01.
For starters, Geely Automobile is a Chinese multinational automotive company that sells passenger cars under the Geely, Volvo, and Lynk & Co brands. The Chinese firm also owned the iconic Swedish automaker Volvo since 2010, when it acquired the Swedish firm from the German auto maker giant Ford. Geely also owned the British Taxi maker The London Taxi Company.
The Chinese firm said that the new car will be sold in all major markets around the globe including the United States. Sales in the United States are set to start by 2018, a year after the launch in other markets.
The lightweight SUV, which is currently hailed as the most connected car ever, is based on the Volvo's Compact Model Architecture (CMA) platform which will be used in future Volvo models.
According to the company, the 01 SUV will be much bigger than its XC40 sibling. It will be 175.1 inches long and 72.7 inches wide and will be sitting on a 106.6 inches wheelbase. Geely hasn’t released all of the details, but reports said that the new SUV will have a panoramic roof and a huge 10-inch touchscreen with voice-activated technology.
Powering the new car will be a 1.5-liter three and a four-cylinder gasoline engine that was introduced at Volvo's launch of CMA earlier this year. Then, there's also a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel that's being considered for the non-US market. Hybrid works are said to be in the development pipeline. Not much information is known about the car’s powertrain output, as Geely remained tight-lipped about powertrain figures.
The 01 SUV’s will also feature an open application platform that allows third-party developers to build apps for the new cars. US software giant Microsoft and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group are tapped to supply the software services and power the car's connectivity.
In addition to the third-party integrations, the car’s open application platform also includes a sophisticated communication system that allows the cars to share data with one another.
Geely plans to borrow Tesla’s playbook and sell its vehicle in a similar fashion to the American firm. There will be two ways to buy the car: the first is online, which they plan the majority of sales will take place; the second one is to visit a factory-owned store.
The 01 SUV is expected to go on sale in China by next year, followed by the European market in 2018, and then the US market.
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