Lancia Ypsilon Cassina: finally back to Europe

Lancia is back in Europe! The arrival of the Lancia Ypsilon Cassina marks a significant moment in the automotive world. Although much was already known about this sleek vehicle, primarily through leaked photos during the filming of its advertising campaign, its official debut on the market signifies a new chapter in automotive luxury and innovation.

This latest iteration of the Ypsilon, produced in a limited edition of 1906 units, heralds a new era for the iconic model. Leading with electric power, boasting a 156 CV engine and 403 km of WLTP cycle autonomy, the Cassina edition offers a fast 20-80% recharge in just 24 minutes. For select markets, like the home Country Italy but also Spain, hybrid motor options will also be available.

The rollout of the new Ypsilon generation extends beyond Italy’s borders, with Belgium and the Netherlands being the first to receive the model in early 2024, followed by Spain and France later in the year. Germany will join the lineup in 2025, with subsequent expansions maybe planned for other markets such as the Scandinavian countries.

Why Start with the Lancia Ypsilon Cassina Edition

The decision to launch the new Lancia generation with the Ypsilon Cassina edition is rooted in its longstanding legacy. As the only model consistently produced for nearly forty years, the Ypsilon holds a special place in the hearts of Italian consumers (the current Ypsilon is sold only in Italy), commanding approximately 15% of the market share in its segment.

Lancia Ypsilon Cassina
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This evolution towards luxury aligns with Stellantis’ vision, positioning Lancia alongside Alfa Romeo and DS Automobiles as part of the group’s premium offerings. The collaboration with the renowned Italian atelier Cassina further enhances the Ypsilon’s prestige, building upon their prior work with the Pu+Ra concept car.

Lancia Ypsilon Cassina
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The design language of the Cassina edition mirrors that of the concept car, characterized by soft, sinuous lines, elegant dark blue hues, and the iconic “Y” motif present throughout the vehicle. Contrasting black elements, such as the spoiler and highlighted wheel arches, inject a sporty edge, reminiscent of Lancia’s rally heritage.

Lancia Ypsilon Cassina
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Inside, the collaboration with Cassina is most evident, with a distinctive interior setting it apart from other cars on the CMP II platform.

Lancia Ypsilon Cassina
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Luxurious touches include blue accents, recycled velvet upholstery for the adjustable electric seats, and leather door panels, all underscored by a sustainable approach with minimal chrome elements.

Lancia Ypsilon Cassina
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The interior design is further elevated by a metal-accented steering wheel and a dual-display system featuring Sound Air Light Augmentation (S.A.L.A.) technology.

Lancia Ypsilon Cassina
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This advanced infotainment system integrates audio, climate, and lighting controls, allowing for seamless customization and enhancing the overall driving experience.

Technological Advancements and Future Prospects

Technological innovation is at the forefront of the Lancia Ypsilon Cassina edition. It boasts level 2 autonomous driving capabilities, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Centering, and Traffic Jam Assist with Stop&Go functionality, ensuring a comfortable and safe journey for passengers.

Lancia Ypsilon Cassina
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As an electric vehicle pioneer, the Cassina edition sets the standard with a 156 CV motor and a 51 kWh battery delivering up to 403 km of range on the WLTP cycle. Rapid charging capabilities allow for quick replenishment, making it an ideal choice for urban commuters and long-distance travelers alike.

Lancia Ypsilon Cassina
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Looking ahead, Lancia’s commitment to electric mobility is evident, with plans to exclusively produce electric vehicles starting in 2026. The upcoming Ypsilon HF, set to debut in 2025, will continue this trajectory, offering even greater power and performance on the Perfo-CMP platform (such as Abarth 600e), underscoring Lancia’s dedication to innovation and sustainability in the automotive industry.

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