The future Lancia Ypsilon has been photographed in all its glory and without camouflage during a promotional photoshoot in Italy. The new model will surely come with a fully electric variant and will be launched later this year.
The first new Lancia for over a decade showcases a new brand design inspired by the recent concept car. With a keen eye or not, it’s easy to spot the genes of the Peugeot 208 and Opel Corsa underneath…
Snapped before launch
No brand is safe from the keen car spotter with a smartphone these days. While Lancia is teasing its new model with a series of darkened pictures of small details, the future Ypsilon has already been snapped a few times. The first was when the preproduction model was fished out of a pond after an accident, and the second was during its promotional photoshoot (pictures shown here).
Pu+Ra HPE details
The new Lancia is shown in all its glory for its photo shoot. In the pictures posted by Masera on Facebook, we can see for the first time all the details and design touches of the future b-segment Italian borrowed from the Pu+Ra HPE concept.
At the front, the Lancia showcases a horizontal LED daytime running light with a small vertical dip at the center, which separates the bumper from the gloss-black trim with Lancia written on it. At the rear, two round taillights steal the show. According to Lancia, they arch back to the infamous Stratos rally car.
Pictures also show a glimpse of the Ypsilon’s interior. It’s not as detailed as the outside pictures. We can only see two screens, one for the instrument cluster and the other for infotainment. Above them sits the ‘SALA’, a round and illuminated element, part of the infotainment.
Corsa in drag
However, despite all the touches, Lancia – and mothership Stellantis – can’t hide that this new Ypsilon is an Opel Corsa/Peugeot 208 in drag. We can spot the same windscreen, door mirrors, roofline, and even the gloss black trim on the wheel arches for the Peugeot.
Lancia has already confirmed that the future Ypsilon will come with two powertrain options: hybrid or fully electric. We don’t have to look very far to guess the specifications, as both Corsa and 208 already have two electric powertrains, with either a 136-hp and 50-kWh battery or a 156-hp and 54-kWh battery. The hybrid version will use the same 1.2-liter 3-cylinder gasoline motor, mated to an electric motor through a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Lancia has set a date for the reveal of the future Ypsilon for February 14th, right on time for Valentine’s Day.