All new Lancia Ypsilon: more details

As we eagerly anticipate the debut of the highly anticipated Lancia Ypsilon 2024 in February, recent developments and official teasers have given us a sneak peek into what promises to be a groundbreaking release.

The combination of clandestine snapshots and an official teaser has shed light on the design elements of the forthcoming model, revealing a fusion of contemporary aesthetics and a nod to Lancia’s rich heritage.

The most striking revelation is the redesigned front grille adorned with LED elements, reimagining the iconic Lancia symbol in a modern context. The grille is segmented into three parts on the front, accompanied by conspicuous lettering on the hood, crafted from satin-finished stainless steel.

Lancia Ypislon is currently the only model produced by the glorious Italian brand, and sold only in Italy. The next generation represents a reborn of Italian luxury brand, which will be back in several European countries including Scandinavian ones.

Aesthetic Differentiation with Lighting Design

A distinctive chromatic contrast between the glossy black and the rest of the body, reminiscent of the Pu+Ra HPE concept, characterizes the visual transition between the grille and the rear of the hood. The design inspiration draws from the classic Lancia Beta Montecarlo, merging heritage with contemporary flair.

Contrary to expectations, the LED segments do not feature in the headlight clusters. Instead, the headlights are positioned lower, flanking a sharply contoured bumper at the front. This departure from traditional design cues is a testament to Lancia’s commitment to pushing boundaries and setting new standards.

Recent leaked images, captured during a promotional spot, offer a glimpse of the Ypsilon being retrieved from the water, accompanied by additional details of the side and rear. Notably, the rear door handles are discreetly positioned near the C-pillar, a subtle nod to the previous Ypsilon model. The reversed Y-shaped graphics on the rear lights hint at the model’s distinct identity.

For two decades, the Lancia Ypsilon has epitomized the essence of a “chic” city car, particularly appealing to a female audience. However, the upcoming design proposal signals a radical departure, ushering in a new era with bold and transformative exterior elements.

Technical Foundations

Built on the Common Modular Platform (CMP) and Electric Common Modular Platform (e-CMP) in the second generation, shared with models like the Opel Corsa and Peugeot 208, the new Ypsilon will offer both mild hybrid and electric variants.

Lancia Ypsilon
The concept car Lancia PU+RA revealed in 2023 Image: Lancia

The expected unveiling in December 2023 promises proportions similar to its predecessors, but the design differentiation is profound. The integration of design elements from the Lancia Pu+Ra HPE show car is anticipated, particularly in the form of the distinctive three-element LED grille.

Images previewed by AutoMotorundSport have circulated on social media, providing insights into the interiors. A notable feature is the confirmation of a table at the base of the dashboard and the presence of the S.A.L.A. infotainment system, affirming that the prototypes indeed represent the new Ypsilon.

Luxurious Interior

Lancia emphasizes meticulous attention to materials and design, introducing a peninsula-like table extending from the dashboard to enhance both the driver and passenger experience. Quality details, such as the leather covering the non-slip bottom, are highlighted in the limited edition Cassina model, available at launch. The installation also provides a sneak peek at the SALA infotainment system.

Lancia Ypsilon
Image: Lancia

SALA, in Italian, means “Living Room” and wants to underline the comfort and luxury of the new Lancia cars.

The Ypsilon 2024 will incorporate the latest technologies in infotainment, connected services, and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). This marks a significant step forward for a model that has been on the scene since 2011.

Looking Ahead

As we eagerly await the Milan debut in February, there are bound to be more revelations about the Ypsilon 2024, including its mild hybrid variant expected to feature a 1.2 turbo engine with power outputs ranging from 100 to 136 horsepower.

In addition to the Ypsilon, Lancia has three projects in the pipeline for the next four years. The 2026 release will introduce a segment D model based on the STLA Medium architecture, followed by the launch of a new Delta in 2028.

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