The new master of the Italian bizarre is completely out, the first truly new Lancia in 13 years divides the audience into two camps
7 hours ago | Peter Miller
After all the leaks and trailers, we didn’t expect anything normal, so we didn’t get anything normal. With the new Ypsilon, the Italians are moving on the edge of taste and courage in terms of design, but they are playing it safe in terms of technology.
“You’re not dead until you’re dead,” the funny turn of movie action heroes wants to be reminded when looking at Lancia tramps. She was formally executed already in 2014 and she enjoyed her funeral here a few years later, only in her native Italy she was supposed to continue selling the already aging Ypsilon for a while after that. However, the interest in it remained so great that Lancia never saw its complete demise – just the sales of this one car in one single market were enough to surpass the European sales of all cars under the patronage of Alfa Romeo.
So when the parent concern FCA became part of today’s Stellantis after merging with rival PSA, the funeral was completely blown at five minutes to twelve. Carlos Tavares, at the head of the new parent company, decided that each of the car company’s famous brands should still get a chance to show what they are capable of, and so Lancia also got it. A few years later, thanks to this, we can officially welcome the new Ypsilon, which after 13 years is the first truly new and at least somehow authentic car of the brand. Is this good news? The answer will probably vary a lot depending on who you ask this question to, as the car’s appearance divides the audience into two camps.
The new Ypsilon is anything but normal, as we have mentioned more than once in previous leaks. Some call him an undertaker, some a stromtrooper after a bottle of Italian wine, some rechristened him a master of the Italian bizarre. We would also adhere to this, however understandably we are not deaf to the opinions that it is a beautiful, imaginative, original car. Either way, it’s the picture of Lancia’s renaissance, and it will largely depend on whether the brand gets the final ax at the start of the next decade or lives on with a wider model portfolio.
The new product will be fully revealed on February 14 in Milan, but the Cassina Limited Edition version received a partial premiere almost two weeks earlier. This version will be produced in only 1,906 units (can you guess the year of Lancia’s birth?), and can therefore be expected to be the more visually attractive version. Nevertheless, it scares us a little with the peculiar rendering of the bow and a kind of overall design inhomogeneity. The bow is like from another world, the profile is plus or minus normal and the rear looks like a historic Lancia Stratos? It doesn’t make sense to us.
So let’s take a look inside the cabin, where a lot of emphasis was placed on high-quality materials and unique design elements, so that the car inside looks more like an Italian living room than a car. This is how Lancia presents everything, judge the result for yourself. In the case of the illustrated version, they feel better about the fruits of the automaker’s collaboration with Cassina, a luxury Italian furniture brand that contributed to the choice of materials and colors. It is mainly noticeable on the seats, the round elements of the dashboard are again the work of the car company’s designers. The Ypsilon 2024 is thus the first car to come with infotainment called Lancia SALA (Sound Air Light Augmentation) and later it should appear in other new products of the brand. The round elements are supposed to be typical for him
The technical specifications of the new Ypsilon have not yet been released, but the car is expected to be available with both electric and internal combustion engines, with the Cassina Limited Edition unsurprisingly being electric only. For both variants, expect the technology of models like the Peugeot 208, with which the car shares the basics. On the battery drive side, a device with a 54kWh battery will probably fight, while a 1.2-liter three-cylinder will compete for the internal combustion engine. We will learn more on February 14, car sales will start soon. Let’s add that the historically fourth Ypsilon will no longer be available only in Italy, but only time will tell whether Lancia will return to us as well.
The new Lancia Ypsilon is really strange visually, but maybe you like it. Not even us. Photo: Lancia
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