Lynk & Co enters Southeast Asia – Vietnam first, the Philippines subsequent; Malaysia to be RHD manufacturing hub?

Lynk & Co enters Southeast Asia – Vietnam first, the Philippines next; Malaysia to be RHD production hub?

Geely’s Lynk & Co has made its entry into Southeast Asia with the launch of its flagship retailer in Hanoi, Vietnam. As introduced again in August this yr, GreenLynk Automotives, a subsidiary of Tasco Group, is the official distributor of Lynk & Co autos in Vietnam, and the primary three fashions which have been confirmed for the market are the 01, 05 and 09.

Based on Vietnamese media, solely the 09 will get a price ticket of VND2.199 billion (RM420,175) inclusive of VAT, and patrons can place a reserving with a deposit now to obtain their automotive within the first quarter of 2024. As for the 01 and 05, official pricing might be introduced in a while.

The 09 is Lynk & Co’s largest SUV and is constructed on the identical Scalable Product Structure (SPA) because the second-generation Volvo XC90. For Vietnam, the 09 contains a 2.0 litre turbocharged inline-four petrol engine with a 48-volt delicate hybrid system that serves up 254 PS (251 hp or 187 kW) and 350 Nm of torque.

Lynk & Co enters Southeast Asia – Vietnam first, the Philippines next; Malaysia to be RHD production hub?

All-wheel drive is customary, and the engine is paired with an eight-speed computerized transmission – the highest velocity is 215 km/h. By way of dimensions, the 09 measures 5,042 mm lengthy, 1,977 mm huge, 1,780 mm tall and has a wheelbase of two,984 mm.

The 01 and 05 are smaller SUVs, with the previous being the primary mannequin launched by Lynk & Co six years in the past. The 01 is 4,512 mm lengthy, 1,857 mm huge, 1,673 mm tall and has a wheelbase of two,734 mm. In the meantime, the 05 is basically the coupe model of the 01, sharing the identical wheelbase however with its sleeker physique, it’s longer total by 80 mm, wider by 22 mm and it sits decrease by 45 mm.

The 01’s powertrain is made up of a 2.0 litre turbocharged inline-four that’s rated at 218 PS (215 hp or 160 kW) and 325 Nm, paired with an eight-speed auto driving the entrance wheels – prime velocity is 210 km/h. Its fancy-roofed sibling has an analogous setup, albeit with larger outputs of 254 PS (251 hp or 187 kW) and 349 Nm for a prime velocity of 230 km/h.

Lynk & Co’s selection of Vietnam as its first Southeast Asian market is sensible given the corporate’s vehicles are at present left-hand drive. The truth is, the corporate stated in a launch that its growth into the area will see it enter the Philippines (one other LHD nation) subsequent, with one other dealership deliberate for Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis.

Again in 2019, LHD models of the 01, 02 and 03 had been noticed being examined on Malaysian roads, fuelling hypothesis that Lynk & Co would make an entry right here. Two years after that, Geely confirmed this when it stated that Lynk & Co would increase its international presence by coming into Malaysia, Russia, Australia and New Zealand, amongst different markets.

Geely had stated previously that it expressed curiosity in utilizing Proton’s Tanjung Malim plant as a manufacturing hub to construct Lynk & Co fashions for right-hand drive markets. With its formal entry into our area, first with Vietnam, will we quickly see Lynk & Co make its formal debut right here within the close to future?

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