Lancia Ypsilon Elefantino makes its debut

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 11, 2013

The Lancia Ypsilon is now available with a new Elefantino trim level and comes with a starting price of 10,450 EUR. This is the model’s new entry level variant. With its affordable price tag, it is aimed at a younger group of people. It could be available in any of these colors: Neve White, Sabbia Beige, Pietra Grey, Aurora Purple, Turquoise and Turquoise/Vulcano Black two-tone.

All of these come with a glossy black tailgate. The door mirror covers come with several fuchsia elements. It also gets body-colored door handles and original-colored wheel hub caps. Its interior gets leather steering wheel and gear knob and black fabric seats with fuchsia stitching. The dashboard gets chrome finishes.

The following features are standard: electric front windows, door opening remote control, height-adjustable driver seat, 50/50 split rear seat, climate control, 15-inch steel wheels and radio with CD/MP3. For safety, this model features ABS with EBD, front/side airbags and ISOFIX attachments. Buyers can ask for the Lancia Ypsilon Elefantino with the base 1.2-liter engine that delivers 69 HP (51 kW), a 0.9-liter Turbo TwinAir with an output of 85 HP (62 kW), a 1.3-liter MultiJet with a rating of 95 HP (70 kW), a 1.2-liter 69 HP LPG, or a 0.9-liter Turbo TwinAir Methane that produces 80 HP (59 kW), available from 16,500 EUR.

With this special Elefantino series, the new Lancia Ypsilon model is wider, especially with the addition of the methane/petrol 80 HP Turbo TwinAir engine. The Ypsilon Ecochic Methane, which was available in the market since January 2013, has gotten orders equivalent to 30% of the combination that contributed to the results of the Ypsilon Ecochic LPG, achieving a significant 60% of the total green versions of the Ypsilon family.

Furthermore, the new products will continue over the course of the year, helping strengthen the critical and sales success of the model, proven by the around 70,000 registrations recorded from its launch. In the first quarter of 2013, the Lancia Ypsilon makes up an 11% share in the B segment. This makes it the No. 3 top-selling car in Italy, consolidating the results attained in 2012.

The proportions of the Lancia Ypsilon may be compact but it remains to have an appearance that is more streamlined. Unlike in previous models, both the graphics and the weight proportions are able to play the volumes in a different manner. However it does manage to distribute in the same dimensions as that of the prior model. Thus while the wheelbase is indeed almost the same, there are differences in design for the new Ypsilon compared to the previous one. Its windscreen for instance is now more forward and with the front projection being made shorter while the rear is lengthened, boot space is increased.

Another difference is that there was a decision to ensure that it would have five doors. As a result, it gets a sleeker appearance as the height was reduced by 2 cm but the length increased by 3 cm. While the style of the exterior is truly fascinating, the interior shows a good mix of innovation and elegance. It is this combination which makes Lancia truly one-of-a-kind like how many luxury products from Italy are able to merge advanced technology with unmatched style.

There is for instance the painstaking attention to the craftsmanship when it came to the upholstery, a quality that has made Lancia distinct from the competition. This time though, there are innovative design solutions implemented. Like other products, this style features are indeed Italian in nature. However, they’re turned it up a notch and created a “made in Italy” product that is very unique.

Already true for fashion and fashion accessories, the same can now be said for cars. A highly successful car is one made possible by a number of factors like applying stylistic intuition founded on studies looking into new trends and even learning emerging customer needs. It is important as well to determine market trends and what models the competition are likely to release.

A successful car then uses a formula that will be tested later by none other than time. This is what makes the new Lancia Ypsilon remarkable as it makes use of its heritage and puts it in a modern reinterpretation. The new Lancia Ypsilon is again able to show the unconventional and aggressive quality of the original as the refinement and elegance previous generations are known for having been reworked. It does manage to consolidate a number of solutions, which are not obvious by any means.

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