Greek To Us: Next-Gen Lancia Ypsilon Caught Testing

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Old 23-Jan-2011
Lightbulb Greek To Us: Next-Gen Lancia Ypsilon Caught Testing

Lanciaís smallest offering, the subcompact Ypsilon hatchback, is nearing the end of its second generation, but the model line doesnít stop there. Motor Trendís spy photographers recently caught Fiat engineers exercising the next-gen Ypsilon ahead of its public debut.
Although the test car is heavily camouflaged, itís hard to hide the Ypsilonís new form. The car continues to sport a tall greenhouse, much like previous models, but the new hatchback does break from tradition. For starters, it now appears to be offered in five-door form (previously, the car was only sold as a three-door hatch), and the sloping roofline appears similar to that used on the larger Delta.
We imagine the Deltaís influence will also be felt at the front of the car ó we canít help but notice Lanciaís typical split grille lurking out from the disguise, flanked by upswept headlamps on each side.

The Ypsilon is expected to remain Lanciaís entry-level model, albeit it will differentiate itself from other small Fiat vehicles sharing the platform by packing luxurious amenities within. Itís a safe bet the new car will likely offer a number of Fiatís small four-cylinder gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines, including the 1.4-liter MultiAir.

Itís all but confirmed that the Ypsilon ó like other Lancias ó will be sold as a Chrysler in some parts of Europe, but itís still unknown if product planners believe the premium brand can sell something so small here in North America without stepping on the toes of forthcoming subcompacts slated for the Dodge and Fiat brands.

Source: Motor Trend

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