Lancia begins taking orders for all-new Ypsilon in Italy

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 13, 2011

The order books for Lancia’s all-new Ypsilon in Italy have just opened. Delivery will start in June in major European markets. This September also marks the start of delivery of the Chrysler version of the car in the UK and Ireland.

The new-generation Ypsilon, which comes with a five-door body for the first time, is offered in three trim levels (Silver, Gold and Platinum). It will also be offered with a choice of 17 body colors (four are two-tone schemes), six upholsteries, three types of alloy wheels and three engine choices.

Initially, the citycar will be offered with two petrol engines - a 69 hp 1.2-liter and Fiat’s innovative 0.9-liter TwinAir that delivers 85 hp. For now, the only diesel in the lineup is the 1.3-liter Multijet that generates 95 hp.

In fact, Lancia will soon offer a bi-fuel 67HP 1.2-liter unit that runs on petrol and LPG. All these engines come with Stop&Start technology as standard. Its TwinAir is also made available with a DFN semi-automatic gearbox. In Italy, the car will have a starting price of €12,400 for the 1.2-liter petrol version in Silver trim.

Its features include remote central locking, two-way adjustable steering column, electric front windows, 15-inch steel wheels, 50/50 folding rear bench seat, height adjustable driver seat, fabric upholstery and heated tailgate window.

For only €1,300 more, enthusiasts can have their cars fitted with an Ypsilon Gold, which provides extra air conditioning, radio-CD with MP3 reader, electrically adjustable mirrors, leather covered steering wheel and gearshift lever, Castiglio upholstery and a Comfort Pack.

What makes the Lancia Ypsilon unique is that it has its own style of using elements that remind one of the past but that have been reworked to be modern.

With this, it manages to display its unconventional and feisty character by having the refinement and elegance of its history and then altering them by embracing a cross mix or even by combing different solutions.

Whereas the outside shows what can be described as an intriguing style, the inside delivers the perfect setting where innovation and elegance can combine. One of the things that have managed to ensure that Lancia models are set apart from its rival is the meticulous attention done to the craftsmanship with respect to its upholstery.

There is also, of course, the utilization of rather highly innovative design solutions. This mix between innovation and elegance results in what one can observe in many luxury products from Italy which is an unparalleled style with advanced technology. This combination also allows the Lancia class to be instantly recognizable. It is because of these stylistic Italian features that make a product with the tag "made in Italy" truly unique. This has long been found to be true when it came to fashion and even fashion accessories and now it appears it is the same when it comes to cars.

The success of a car is due to a number of factors that include having a spark of stylistic intuition brought on by researching the current trends of customer tastes. It also includes being able to meet the needs of the customers and predict market trends and what models competitors are likely to come up with. What this simply means is that it is all about the timing.

Despite being compact, the body of the Lancia Ypsilon follows a streamlined look. Its graphics and weight proportions have different effects on the volumes while still being able to distribute them with the use of dimensions similar to the previous version of the Ypsilon.

While the wheelbase is indeed similar when compared to the previous model, there are still differences in the design. The windscreen for example is now further forward. Meanwhile, the front projection was shortened to allow for an increase in the rear and thus result in a boot offering more space. Then there is the decision to use five doors. Because of this, the overall length increased by as much as 3 centimeters while the height has been lowered by 2 centimeters, giving it a sleeker appearance.

Its front has a volume that is pointed and connected, which ends with displaying the new grille. Much like an organism undergoing metamorphosis, the stem of its glass goes upward as if to embrace the logo resulting in extra room for its horizontal elements and the spear-shaped tips. This exhibits the two sides of the Lancia Ypsilon that show its non-conformist design and spirit on the one hand while recognizing its history with the 60s/70s style grille.

The distinct design is independent of all the other elements. Made by Magneti Marelli Automotive Lighting, the headlights are horizontally placed to emphasize the width of its front end. Its Bi-Xenon headlights have rounded elliptical modules resulting in the car having a more decisive and even more aggressive appearance.

Additionally, the ends of these headlights help define the size of the wings located at the side. On top of this is the bonnet that clearly has a delineating horizontal design. This design makes one remember the lines present on the Lancia Ardea.

While the sporty elements on the side give a clue to the character and personality of this car, these are offset by other discreet lines. Since the handle of its rear door has been fully integrated to the body, it looks concealed and thus helps highlight the door handle on the front. The overall effect is that this is a 3-door compact city car that offers all the comfort one expects from a 5-door version. The doors have a convex section sculpted to it as well as concave one which fades to the side and encloses the sign.

Topics: lancia, italy

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