Vijay Pattni14 February 2011

New Lancia Ypsilon heads to the UK…

…but we’ll get it as a Chrysler. Five-door stretch city-car revealed ahead of Geneva debut

Lancia Ypsilon

This is the new Lancia Ypsilon, and we're not getting it over here.

Well, not as a Lancia anyhow. We'll see this stylish little city car rebadged as a Chrysler, when it makes its world debut at the Geneva motor show next month.

See more pics of the Lancia/Chrysler Ypsilon

The Ypsilon has been built in Italy since 1996, and this new model is just under 300mm longer than a Fiat 500 (on which it is based), and will be offered with four engines: a 69bhp 1.2-litre petrol and the Top Gear award-winning 85bhp TwinAir, a 1.3-litre diesel and the dual-fuel 1.2-litre petrol/LPG unit as seen in the Punto Evo.

The Ypsilon's new five-door body houses three interior trim levels - Silver, Gold and Platinum - the latter offering glossy and matt finishes, contrasting materials and matt leather.

Key to the Ypsilon's appeal will be its customisation options, and there are quite a few. 600, in fact. Lancia says you can mix and match from 17 body shades, three trim levels, six upholstery options and three sets of alloys. If you want to modify it some more, Lineaccessori Lancia has developed extra kit, including side skirts, tinted headlights and satnav.

No word on prices just yet, but expect to pay from £10,000 upwards.

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