2012 Lancia Ypsilon Review

2012 Lancia Ypsilon will be launched at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show for the 25th anniversary mark of the legendary Ypsilon. Will sale throughout Europe in June 2011. The new Lancia Ypsilon confirms the basic personality of previous versions, comprising a distinctive character that seduces with its good looks and elegance, boosted by cutting-edge technology applied to engines and comfort which not only delivers reduced emissions and consumption – thanks to technologies such as TwinAir, MultiJet II and Start&Stop – but also offers unparalleled on-board wellbeing through features unique in this category, including the brand new “Blue&Me-TomTom LIVE” and the “Smart fuel” system”, in addition to the innovative Magic Parking, Xenon headlights and LED tail lights.

The side sports elements that hint at the car’s personality and character, and these are offset by other more discreet lines: the handle of the rear door is concealed, integrated into the structure, thus emphasising the front door handle. The final effect is that of a compact 3-door city car with all the comfort of a 5-door model. The convex section of the doors is sculpted by a delicate concave section which fades on the side, dynamically enclosing the sign produced.
The new 2012 Lancia Ypsilon confirms and expands the heritage of its predecessors, adding even more elegance and innovation. Right from the drawing board stage, the inspiration for the interior was an embrace. The instrument panel is embraced by the door panels which, in the back, surround the seats perfectly. The design of the dashboard aims to highlight the contrast between the fabric insert that extends towards the occupants, with the upper part which traces the line of the windscreen, outlining it like an amphitheatre. The passenger space is therefore created through subtraction of volumes and is represented by hollow surfaces which combine a different functional and perceptive usability with aesthetic seduction. Design sofa covered with soft materials to enhance the impression of comfort and tactile experience, reminding the occupants of a domestic setting, as if they were sitting comfortably on their own sofa.

Three interior trim levels are available for the new Lancia Ypsilon, the first, the Silver trim level, is aimed ideally at a young target audience: the interior is characterised by fabric upholstery with a dynamic spirit. The distinguishing feature of this trim level is the presence of graphics employing contrasting materials and colours. The Ypsilon logo is an expression of self, becoming a hallmark, adding 3-dimensional texture and character. The Gold trim level is aimed at a target which on the one hand is strong and determined, and on the other feminine and fashion-conscious. The interior offers two chromatic choices: “Urban Black” and “Romantic Gold” dark brown. Lastly, the Platinum trim level represents the evolution of the Gold trim level, once again identifying two versions: total “Urban Black” and “Romantic Gold”, where brown becomes metallic and iridescent.

The new 2012 Lancia Ypsilon range comprises: 2 petrol engines: 69 HP 1.2 8V and 85 HP 0.9 TwinAir, the latter also with DFN semi-automatic gearbox, a turbodiesel: 95 HP 1.3 MultiJet II, a dual-fuel. 1.2 8V petrol and LPG. The 2012 Lancia Ypsilon can be powered by a 69 HP 1.2 dual-fuel (petrol-LPG) Euro 5-compliant engine which produces 110 g/km of CO2 in the combined cycle. All petrol and diesel engines are equipped with the Start&Stop device, already adopted on the Musa and Delta models, which switches the engine off temporarily and then restarts it in order to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Along with the Start&Stop device, there is the Gear Shift Indicator (GSI), a genuine “co-pilot” that discreetly prompts drivers to change gear, leading to more efficient use of the engine in terms of fuel consumption.
The 2012 Lancia Ypsilon available from April – first in Italy, Spain and Portugal, but scheduled to be rolled out in all European markets at some point this year.


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