After a months-long campaign of teasers – but also the “necessary” leaks – and ahead of its official premiere “in flesh” on February 14 in Milan, the “new” Lancia reveals online the new Ypsilon that aspires to give an Italian as well as premium refinement in the supermini category.
The starting point (and) for the new Ypsilon is the e-CMP platform of the Stellantis group which houses the Peugeot 208 and Opel Corsa and although of course the Ypsilon has the same size and proportions as the above models, the Italians using their indisputable design skill but also the tradition of Lancia, they tried to give the new Ypsilon an aesthetic that stands out from the crowd.
The aesthetic influences come according to the recommendations both from the Pu+Ra HPE Concept which undertook to introduce the new era of Lancia, where the Ypsilon owes the characteristic daytime running lights but also the combined bumper pattern, air intake splitter and grille.
The rear section, however, manages to be more reminiscent of the iconic Lancia Stratos with the characteristic round lights at the ends of the equally characteristic and full of associations overhang that functions as a connecting element between them. Lancia chose to write its name clearly on the rear section and instead of an LED strip chose to place the third brake light, traditionally under the spoiler.
As Lancia's targeting dictates, the new Ypsilon features details such as hidden rear grab handles and plenty of Y motifs hidden in the design, including the lights and wheel design. The emphasis on detail is even greater inside with the upholstery adopting a texture reminiscent of blue velvet while a dominant element is the round surface on the center console with the design stamp of the furniture house Cassina and integrated inductive charging surface.
Higher up, the design of the center screen is driver-centric with a tilt for easier access and manipulation by the driver while the fully digital instrument panel is set deep. The picture is completed by a series of natural switches for controlling the air conditioning which together with the gear selector and the start/stop switch occupy the central console. It should be noted that the Ypsilon's infotainment obeys a new function called Sound Air Light Augmentation and which lies in a fully customizable high-definition screen through widgets that is used to adjust the sound system, air conditioning and ambient lighting, ensuring “a fully personalized experience” while its capabilities include a voice command system.
At the moment, the Italian brand does not provide information on its technical characteristics, but given the technology on which it is based, we should expect an electric version with a 156 hp engine and a 54 kWh battery and the possibility of charging with a power of up to 100 kWh, as well as progressive versions with gasoline engines and 100 and 130 hp mild hybrid technology.