Lancia Ypsilon Expands Lineup with Hybrid Variant: Combining Efficiency and Versatility

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Lancia continues to broaden the horizons of the Ypsilon lineup with the introduction of a new hybrid variant, complementing the electric vehicle (EV) unveiled earlier in the year. Embracing the ethos of sustainability and innovation, the new hybrid model integrates seamlessly into the Ypsilon family, offering a blend of efficiency and versatility.

 

Under the hood, the hybrid variant boasts a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed e-DCT automatic transmission, augmented by a 48V mild hybrid system. While the power output may seem modest at 99 hp (74 kW / 100 PS), the focus lies not in raw acceleration but in optimizing fuel efficiency and environmental consciousness.

 

Performance-wise, the hybrid variant leisurely accelerates from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 9.3 seconds, with a top speed of 118 mph (190 km/h). However, its true strength lies in its fuel economy, boasting a consumption rating of 4.6L/100km (51.1 mpg US / 61.4 mpg UK). The incorporation of e-Creeping and e-Queuing functions enables short-distance electric driving, further enhancing its eco-friendly credentials.

 

Mirroring the EV counterpart, the hybrid variant arrives in Edizione Limitata Cassina guise, featuring a distinctive blue exterior complemented by LED lighting units and 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. While styling changes are not explicitly mentioned, the hybrid variant incorporates additional intakes and a visible exhaust, accentuating its dynamic appeal.

 

Inside the cabin, drivers are greeted with heated front seats adorned in blue velvet upholstery, accompanied by a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a corresponding 10.25-inch S.A.L.A. infotainment system. Advanced safety features such as Level 2 semi-autonomous driving, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, and blind spot monitoring ensure a safe and secure driving experience.

 

With pricing in Italy starting at €28,000 (approximately $30,500), the hybrid variant presents an enticing option for consumers seeking a balance between affordability and eco-consciousness. However, interested buyers should act swiftly as Lancia’s transition to an EV-only lineup by 2028 means the hybrid option will only be available for a limited time, with all new models launched from 2026 onward slated to be electric-only, marking a significant step towards a greener automotive future.

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