Lancia’s Electrifying Revival: The 2024 Ypsilon Previewed

The long-awaited revival of the overlooked Lancia brand has officially commenced with the debut of the automaker’s inaugural electric vehicle, the 2024 Lancia Ypsilon. The grand unveiling, set for February 14 in Milan, provides a sneak peek into the EV-exclusive Limited Edition Cassina trim, where Lancia plans to produce 1,906 uniquely numbered units, paying homage to the brand’s founding year.

While this marks the first comprehensive glimpse of the Ypsilon, its appearance is not entirely unfamiliar, having been previously leaked. Serving as the pioneer model for Lancia’s fresh design language, the Ypsilon features an illuminated calice grille and iconic round taillights reminiscent of the Lancia Stratos.

The exterior showcases polygonal headlights positioned lower on the front bumper and glossy black accents. Despite these new elements, the Ypsilon shares some similarities with its counterparts, the Peugeot 208 and the Opel Corsa, retaining familiar proportions and greenhouse design.

Inside, the emphasis on high-quality materials and distinctive design elements aims to evoke the ambience of an Italian living room. Collaborating with Cassina, a premium Italian furniture brand, Lancia introduces velvet-upholstered seats with a nostalgic “cannelloni” motif and a circular centre console resembling a coffee table.

The Ypsilon debuts Lancia’s SALA (Sound Air Light Augmentation) infotainment system with a dual-screen layout and an illuminated orb, likely serving as an AI-enhanced virtual assistant.

Technical specifications remain undisclosed, with the focus on exterior and interior design. The only confirmed figure is the WLTP range of 403km on a single charge, suggesting the use of a 54kWh battery pack shared with similar-sized Stellantis EVs.

Sharing its platform with several Stellantis models, the Ypsilon will later be joined by a hybrid version featuring a mild-hybrid turbocharged 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine.

Post the February 14 debut, the Lancia Ypsilon Limited Edition Cassina will tour Italian showrooms and be available for immediate orders and will expand its reach across multiple European markets.

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