New Lancia Ypsilon.
We finally get to see what the new Lancia Ypsilon actually looks like, after many, many months of spy shots and illustrations.
It basically looks a lot like the other Stelantis models based on the same platform. Like the Jeep Avenger, Fiat 600, and others from Peugeot, Citroen, DS, and Opel. (A new small Alfa is also coming) They are all available as EVs with a 250-mile range (in the European test cycle) or a hybrid with a 1.2 Liter engine. It will also be the case for the small Lancia.
The design is supposed to be inspired by the odd Pu+Ra HPE Concept from last year. It seems the Ypsilon designers tried very hard to cram as many design cues from the concept into the production version, which ended up looking rather odd. The black plastic trim on the front end looks like a last-minute add-on. And the interior is desperately trying to look different , but just ends up looking mostly weird. The circular phone charger tablet especially stands out in an interior with no other round shape. It just ends up looking like it’s trying too hard.
I know these designers have to work with what they have, which is an older platform with a very generic silhouette. Adding strange bits was maybe all they could do. At least Lancia isn’t dead yet, as Stealntis promised. This is a nice change from what Sergio Marchionne was trying to do, which was killing every car brand he was poorly managing, except Jeep and Ram.
Of course, the new Lancia, just like all its platform cousins, will not come to North America. But Stelantis will soon introduce the new Dodge Charger EV, the Jeep Wagoneer S, and Recon, and finally, a new Chrysler model for our market. And we should see all of these this year.