Italian automaker Lancia has officially previewed its first-ever electric vehicle, marking the commencement of what has been dubbed as the brand's “renaissance.” The 2024 Lancia Ypsilon, set to make its public debut in Milan on February 14, was revealed in the Limited Edition Cassina trim, emphasizing exclusivity with plans to produce 1,906 “numbered and certified units” as a nod to the brand's founding year.
The sub-compact EV, showcased as Lancia's initial foray into electric mobility, incorporates a distinctive design language. Leaks and teasers preceding the official unveiling had already provided glimpses of features such as the illuminated “calice” grille and round taillights, paying homage to the iconic Lancia Stratos. These design elements are anticipated to become signature features across the automaker's upcoming models.
Externally, the Ypsilon boasts polygonal headlights, a lowered placement on the front bumper, and glossy black accents. Despite sharing proportions and design cues with its Stellantis counterparts, such as the Peugeot 208 and Opel Corsa, the Ypsilon maintains its unique Italian identity.
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Internally, Lancia emphasizes a focus on high-quality materials and a distinctive design concept, drawing parallels to an Italian living room. A collaboration with Italian high-end furniture brand Cassina has influenced the choice of materials and colors, evident in features such as velvet-upholstered seats with a nostalgic “cannelloni” motif and a circular center console resembling a coffee table.
The Ypsilon debuts Lancia's SALA (Sound Air Light Augmentation) infotainment system, featuring a dual-screen layout and an illuminated orb on the dashboard, potentially serving as an AI-enhanced virtual assistant.
While technical specifications are yet to be disclosed, the WLTP range is confirmed at 403 km (250 miles) on a single charge, indicative of a shared 54 kWh battery pack within the Stellantis EV lineup. The Ypsilon shares its platform with other Stellantis vehicles, including the Peugeot e-208 and Opel Corsa.
Following the Milan debut, the Ypsilon Limited Edition Cassina will be available for orders, with the brand encouraging enthusiasts to participate in the “1 of 1906” campaign through its official website. Notably, the new Ypsilon is set to expand beyond Italy, reaching additional European markets as part of Lancia's broader dealer network expansion.