- Zeekr, a brand of Chinese giant Geely, has revealed the first images of its third model, a crossover called the X.
- The X will ride on a platform that underpins other electric cars from Geely’s portfolio, including the Smart #1, Lotus Eletre and upcoming Polestar 5.
- Zeekr says the X will hit 62 mph in 4.0 seconds, and more details will be made available in the coming months.
Zeekr has shown the first images of its third model, a small crossover called the X, which breaks with the Chinese brand’s numerical naming scheme. Zeekr is an electric brand owned by Chinese carmaker Geely, which also owns 82 percent of Volvo and 51 percent of Lotus. A recent report of Reuters claims that Volvo is developing an electric van for Asian markets based on the boxy Zeekr 009, the company’s second model after the 001 wagon.
While Zeekr vehicles are currently sold only in China, the design for the X crossover was penned down at the company’s facility in Gothenburg, Sweden, also the site of Volvo’s world headquarters. The styling certainly looks related to the brand’s first two products, but it still has a distinctive look. The two-piece headlights echo the front of the 001 (which itself borrowed cues from the Lynk & Co brand owned by Geely and Volvo), but the sharp, angular creases in the bodywork are a departure from the smooth 001 and plate -side 009. Zeekr also points out the frameless doors and side mirrors, which improve the crossover’s aerodynamics.
The Zeekr X measures 175.2 inches long, an inch longer than a Volvo XC40 Recharge, with a 108.3-inch wheelbase, 1.9 extra inches more than the Volvo. At 72.3 inches wide, it’s an inch narrower than the electric XC40, but it comes in 3.1 inches shorter at 61.9 inches long.
Zeekr didn’t share details about the X’s powertrain, but the electric crossover is built on the Sustainable Experience Architecture platform adapted to support a variety of vehicles, including the 001, 009, Smart #1, Lotus Eletre and the upcoming Polestar 5 Zeekr says the X will be able to hit 62 mph in 4.0 seconds. More details should be coming soon, with a full reveal expected in April. The Zeekr X is also supposed to herald the brand’s expansion into European markets following its Chinese launch later this year.