Lancia will unveil 2012 Ypsilon at 2011 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 15, 2011

Lancia will bring its highly anticipated product, the all-new Ypsilon, at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Lancia has recently published the first photos of the revised Ypsilon on its official website. The model features a more modern and sporty look with a two-tone finish that will likely be offered on top-of-the-range trim levels.

Lancia has not revealed plenty of details about the new Ypsilon. But awhile back, rumors have come out that Ypsilon will be offered in three engines provided by Fiat: a 0.9 SGE, the 1.4 Multiair and the 1.3 Multijet diesel.

A hybrid version is possible, but Lancia and Fiat have not yet confirmed this. European sales are expected to start either in late 2011 or in early 2012. Notably, Fiat has considerably low expectations from the model that marks the revival of the Lancia brand.

Company sources said that deliveries aren’t expected to exceed 1,800 units per year. The new Ypsilon will be available exclusively as a five-door model and will be based on Fiat 500's platform, but with an extended wheelbase for a more spacious cabin.

The groundbreaking engine outshined others in every category it participated in and has been chosen as the “2011 International Engine”. In cooperation with the Twin Air, the new Lancia Ypsilon’s motoring excellence follows with eco-friendly systems like Multijet II e Start&Stop and distinctive features in this division including the fresh new "Blue&Me-TomTom LIVE" and the "Smart fuel" system", aside from the innovative second generation Bi-Xenon headlights, LED tail lights and Magic Parking.

The new, sophisticated Italian Ypsilon has 5 doors but has a typical 3-door look and is extremely compact. That is why it stays in segment B but comes with extra comfort and roominess. While it measures 384 cm length x 167 cm width x 152 cm height and has a 239 cm wheelbase, the Lancia Ypsilon can have room for a maximum of five passengers.

In terms of size, its boot is one of the most spacious in its division and is among the best in class when it comes to passenger space. Even if the size of the rear passenger spot is not increased, it provides outstanding accessibility and comfort, thanks to its “slim seats” -- a technology used by Fiat Group Automobiles for the first time.

This way, the new Lancia Ypsilon continues to dominate the major city-car category in response to the latest market trends, in which the “five-door” market stands for two thirds of segment B. It also fills the needs of a broader target group, which includes young families and young men. This new car is bent on making all the difference in terms of comfort, quality and usability. Hop in to appreciate the sophisticated materials, great color combinations, the attention paid to detail as well as the several customization choices.

By the time it was launched, the range presented more than 600 possible customizations, produced by cross-matching. There are 3 trim specifications for the interior (platinum, gold and silver), designed to provide the customer with high product value, 16 elegant liveries, 4 of which are two-tone, 6 various upholstery trims, 3 kinds of alloy wheels and 3 engines (85 HP 0.9 TwinAir with DFN semi-automatic gearbox and 69 HP 1.2 Fire EVO II), a turbo diesel (95 HP 1.3 MultiJet II), all incorporated with Start&Stop technology as a standard.

Later on, the 1.2 Fire EVO II dual-fuel engine (LPG and petrol) will be offered as well. The whole range comes standard with a wealth of safety equipment: electronic stability control is inclusive of ABS with EBD, ASR and Hill Holder, 4 to 6 airbags for the front, window-bags and sides, aside from the ISOFIX attachments.

As a result, the new model embodies an evolution of the Ypsilon with regards to technology, usability, comfort and safety but despite that, it maintains its position as an accessible luxury with an attractive price list.

In depth, the Silver trim level offers door opening remote control, steering wheel with adjustable height and reach, driver seat with adjustable height, 50/50 split rear seat, electric front windows, rear heated window, interiors in technical fabric with built-in electro-welded seams, 15" steel wheels and radio set-up. When it comes to safety, the car comes standard with front and side airbags, the Isofix attachments, ESP with ASR and Hill Holder and ABS with EBD.

Aside from this large quantity of equipment, the Gold version includes electrically adjustable door mirrors, radio with MP3 and CD player, manual climate control, Castiglio upholstery, and steering wheel with gear-lever gaiter that has leather trimming plus Comfort Pack. Last but not the least, the Platinum trim offers additional fog lights, rear electric windows, 15-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery and rear seat head restraints.

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