You probably know the story: The Lancia Ypsilon, the only remaining model of the brand, sold more often in 2019 in Italy than all Alfa Romeos in Western Europe. The traditional name (Lancia was founded in 1906) therefore still receives regular blood transfusions. Ten years after its premiere, the Ypsilon is now getting a major facelift.
Connoisseurs are not surprised, after all, the 3.84-meter-long Ypsilon is based on the Fiat 500. This is even older as a combustion engine, but is successfully kept fresh. The 1.0-liter three-cylinder with 70 hp and mild hybrid technology has been available here and there since the beginning of 2020.
“Over three million Ypsilon models have been sold in 35 years, making it the market leader in its segment and the second best-selling car on the market. The new mild-hybrid powertrain was introduced in 2020 – with excellent results: over 14,000 units sold with the new engine. In addition, the Ypsilon achieved the second-best share since its introduction in 2011 with 13.9 percent in 2020 “, comments Lancia brand boss Luca Napolitano.
“In short, all the conditions are in place to look to the future with optimism and passion,” continues Luca Napolitano. The boss continues: “We are starting the year 2021 with an important novelty: the new Ypsilon, which has undergone profound and targeted interventions. It will be even more elegant, sophisticated and incredibly contemporary.”
The “new” 2021 Ypsilon can definitely be referred to as a facelift because it has a modified front section. With its grill, it is a little reminiscent of the Skoda Octavia III. From a technological point of view, there is a new 7-inch touchscreen radio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, the renewed engines, all Euro 6d Final, with lower emissions.
On the outside, all of the chrome has been given a satin finish – from the profile of the radiator grille to the handles and the Ypsilon logos on the car. The color palette also has something new to offer, starting with the new proposal for the introductory color “Blu Elegante Metallic”.
There is also a new outfit for the interior, which is available in two versions: “Silver” and “Gold”. A new trim strip in black and blue tones was introduced in the gold version. For everyone who doesn’t want to forego the elegance of Alcantara, there is the Gold Plus Pack.
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The new Ypsilon series is available in Italy from 9,500 euros, thanks to government incentives and financing offers from FCA Bank.