Lancia Automobiles, a division of the Fiat Group since 1969, is an Italian automobile maker founded by Vincenzo Lancia in 1906. The company is based in Turin, Italy and has a long heritage in motorsports. It was recently announced that as of 2014, the company would cease to exist outside of Italy. The Lancia Ypsilon is a luxury supermini that began production in 1996.
The car started out as the Lancia Y until 2003, when it was redesigned and renamed the Ypsilon. The first generation had seating for up to five passengers and was available in one hundred different shades. It was redesigned in 2000 with modifications to the body: various limited models were also built around this time.
In 2003 the Ypsilon was again redesigned to appeal to a younger demographic and has become quite popular among female drivers. In 2011 the third generation Ypsilon became a four-door hatchback and became the Chrysler Ypsilon in the UK, Ireland, and Japan after Lancia moved out of those markets.
There are no plans to import the Ypsilon to North America to avoid competing with the Fiat 500.
Though not available in the United States, the cost of a Lancia Ypsilon ranges from about $20,000.00 to $24,000.00 US dollars. The cost can go up for limited models with additional features.
The current generation of Ypsilon are equipped with one of four types of engine—a 0.9L TwinAir Inline-2 gasoline engine, 1.2L Fire Inline-4 gasoline engine, 1.2L Fire EcoChic Inline-4 LPG (liquefied petroleum gas), and 1.3L Multijet Inline-4 diesel engine.
The transmission options on the Ypsilon are either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed semi-automatic.
Size and Space Options
Even though it is a supermini, making the car rather small, the front is quite roomy. The back is better for two rather than three passengers.
Control Panel and Display
The Ypsilon has a unique center-display dashboard instead of the usual driver’s display.
The front seating is quite comfortable and air conditioning is available on most models. Seats are either cloth or leather.
The car is available everywhere but North America so it does not compete with the Fiat (Lancia’s parent company) 500.
The Ypsilon comes with a standard anti-theft alarm system and remote keyless entry.
All models are equipped with ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, airbags, stability control and traction control, daytime running lights, an anti-whiplash system, an anti-submarine system that prevents the body from sliding under the seatbelts, and child-proof rear locks.
The Ypsilon comes equipped with cruise control, leather steering wheel with audio controls, height-adjustable driver’s seat, floor mats, pockets and cup holders, power steering, and a sunroof.
The car comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, sixteen different paint colors and trim, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a smart fuel system, xenon headlights, and an automatic parking feature.
Available accessories include special alloy wheels, side skirts, tinted headlights, and door kick plates with an illuminated logo.
The car is built strong and reliable, and come pre-fitted with world-class engine technology.
Lancia is recognized all over Europe as a luxury brand and even the supermini Ypsilon conveys that luxury. The car is particularly popular among young women.
The Ypsilon is a great value for the price point as it provides luxury and safety in a small package. It is also fuel efficient, saving you money at the gas pump.
Though small, the Lancia Ypsilon offers luxury in a small package with an appealing design. With excellent safety features, the Ypsilon can be a very good family car.