New Car: 2012 Lancia Ypsilon

Say ciao baby to the latest fashion – the Italian-American supermini!

These are the first pictures of the new Lancia Ypsilon, which will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It’s based on a stretched version of the Fiat 500 platform, and will be rebadged as a Chrysler in the US firm’s new UK line-up. The five-door will be one of two Italian-born Lancias – alongside the Delta – and will join the new US-built 300 saloon in dealers next year.

This is the third incarnation of the Ypsilon – which has never been sold here before. However, when it arrives in September, it promises low emissions and great luxury for its class. Two engines deliver sub-100g/km CO2 emissions – the 95bhp 1.3-litre diesel and 85bhp two-cylinder TwinAir petrol first seen on the 500. The entry unit is a 1.2 petrol making 65bhp.

The five-door is shorter than the Audi A1, but claims class-leading boot space, as well as a high-quality interior. With prices likely to start at around £13,000 – to compete with the A1 and the MINI – the Ypsilon is aiming to fulfil Chrysler’s promise to provide ‘affordable luxury’.

Lancia will take the wraps off its version of the 300 on the stands at Geneva. It will be badged Thema for Europe. And a new Flavia and Flavia convertible, based on the Chrysler 200, debut as well. For more details click here.
Thanks to: Auto Express


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