The fourth-generation Lancia Ypsilon city car goes on sale across Europe next month – but Lancia’s continuing exile from the UK doesn’t mean it isn’t coming here.
The Ypsilon will be sold in UK and Irish markets as a Chrysler starting this September. Here are the first details of what you can expect.
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Lancia Ypsilon: more space than a Fiat 500
The Lancia Ypsilon is based on the same basic platform as the Fiat 500 and the Ford Ka.
The difference with the Ypsilon doesn’t just come down to the rather challenging styling, however. While those existing cars are three-door models only, the Ypsilon offers the added convenience of a five-door body – improving access to the rear seats.
Together with an extended wheelbase and new ‘slim seats’ – increasing rear knee and leg room – passengers should find the Ypsilon a pleasant place to spend time. Given the Fiat 500 is already remarkably spacious for a vehicle of its size, city car buyers could be in for a nice surprise.
Options galore, stop-start as standard
European trim levels for the Lancia are called Silver, Gold and Platinum – though it remains to be seen whether these labels will make the transition across the Channel and onto the Chrysler rebrand.
But it is likely the Chrysler-badged Ypsilon will retain a large number of personalisation options – the official count at Lancia is over 600 possible combinations.
Stability control and between four and six airbags will be standard – while buyers will also be offered Blue&Me Bluetooth and USB connectivity, TomTom satellite navigation, various alloy wheel designs ‘Magic Parking’ (park assist – on a city car…), bi-xenon headlights and LED taillights, climate control and leather.
Engine choice is initially limited to the long-standing 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol with 68bhp, the clever new 0.9-litre two-cylinder TwinAir petrol with 88bhp, and 1.3-litre Multijet II turbodiesel with 93bhp. All feature start-stop technology to improve economy and emissions around town.
There’s no word on pricing as yet, but we’ll bring you more details as we have them – likely to be closer to the new baby Chrysler’s September launch.
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