2013 Lancia Ypsilon Elefantino

The Lancia Ypsilon is a car that doesn’t get enough of the attention it deserves. Well, the Italian automaker hopes to change that with the release of a ’trendy’ new special edition called the Elefantino.

No, Lancia did not harm any elephants in the making of this vehicle. What they did do was give it a pretty impressive aesthetic makeover that gives us an idea on what the Ypsilon can look alike if the words "trendy and fashionable" were attached to it.

That’s the appeal of the Ypsilon Elefantino, especially to a younger market looking to exercise their fresh and hip vibe with a car that shares in that same, shall we say, "freshness".

On its own, the Ypsilon Elefantino carries plenty of powertrain options, each of which comes with its own price tag.

You can find out what made the Ypsilon Elefante appealing to us, as well as the engine and pricing options, after the jump.

Exterior

Lancia Ypsilon Elefantino

The Lancia Ypsilon Elefantino is a part of the automaker’s ’Fashion City Car’ special series with a target of introducing the brand to the younger and trend conscious market.

No aerodynamic modifications were given to the car, although Lancia did a pretty good job in providing plenty of aesthetic offerings for the consumer, all designed to address a younger audience that prefers ’metropolitan’ style above all else.

The Ypsilon Elefantino is offered in a choice of body colors - Sabbia Beige, Neve White, Pietra Grey, Vulcano Black and Aurora Purple - to go with special livery designs throughout the car. In this particular case, you’ll notice a number of fuchsia details throughout the exterior, particularly the door mirror covers, body-colored door handles, and original-colored hub caps.

Interior

Lancia Ypsilon Elefantino

For such a unique car, an equally unique interior is definitely warranted. In the case of the Ypsilon Elefantino, you get the treat of a cabin that features tone-on-tone stickers on the central posts and graphics on the seats and dashboard that draw the style and panache of some of Europe’s trendiest cities.

The Ypsilon Elefantino also makes use of plenty of leather and chrome, particularly on the steering wheel and the multitude of finishes throughout the car. The seats have also been designed to stand out, getting fitted in black fabric to go with matching fuschia stitching.

Performance

Lancia Ypsilon Elefantino

The Lancia Ypsilon Elefantino comes powered with a choice of five different powertrain options, beginning with a 0.9-liter TwinAir that develops 85 horsepower. From there, you can opt for a 1.2-liter 69 CV that produces 69 horsepower; a 1.3-liter MultiJet that nets 95 horsepower, a 1.2-liter CV GPL Ecochic that delivers 69 horsepower, and a 0.9-liter Turbo TwinAir that churns out 80 horsepower.

EngineHorsepowerTorque (pound-feet)
0.9 TwinAir8560
0.9 Turbo TwinAir8054
1.2 69 CV6949
1.2 CV GPL Ecochic6949
1.3 MultiJet9565

Pricing

Lancia Ypsilon Elefantino

Pricing details for the Lancia Ypsilon Elefante begins with a base tag of €12,700 ($16,500 at the current exchange rate) for the 1.2 69 CV model all the way up to €16,500 ($21,440) for the 0.9 TwinAir 80 CV metano Ecochic model.

Full prices are as follows:

ModelPrice (€)USD Conversion
0.9 TwinAir14,20018,450
0.9 Turbo TwinAir16,50021,440
1.2 69 CV12,70016,500
1.2 CV GPL Ecochic14,70019,100
1.3 MultiJet15,00019,500

Competition

Audi A1

Audi A1

The Lancia Ypsilon isn’t the most attractive model in the B-segment; there are a lot of other choices to choose from. But there’s a reason why the Ypsilon carries an 11-percent market share in Italy in the first quarter of the year, as well as the third-best-selling car in Italy after consolidating the results achieved in 2012.

But if you’re looking for alternatives, the Audi A1 is a pretty good choice. Not only does it carry shared styling with some of its higher-end brothers in the Audi lineup but it also has its own powertrain options that begin at 89 horsepower and goes all the way up to 122 horsepower.

Plus, there’s that bonus of being an Audi, which is far more appealing in your hands than an Ypsilon ever would be. If you can shoulder the added cost - base price for an A1 is around €16,000 ($20,870) - then the A1 is a very attractive alternative.

Conclusion

Lancia Ypsilon Elefantino

We have to admit that the Elefantino special trim of the Ypsilon is pretty impressive. We love the interior with the special graphics on the seats and the dash. We also love the color choices that Lancia is offering for the model. Best of all, we love that it’s pretty affordable.

The only thing we don’t like is that there’s no reasonable amount of power under its hood that’ll satisfy our speed cravings. Then again, people who will buy the Ypsilon Elefantino won’t be looking for power when they’re making that purchase.

For the package that Lancia is offering, coupled with the relative exclusivity of the model, the Ypsilon Elefantina is a solid buy if you’re looking for a trendy-looking city car with plenty of fancy aesthetics to offer.

LOVE IT
  • Looks awesome
  • Body color options offer plenty of choices
  • Interior cabin wonderfully dressed
LEAVE IT
  • Lack of overall power
  • Plenty of alternative models out there

Press Release

Lancia Ypsilon Elefantino

The Lancia Ypsilon Elefantino can be ordered starting today. It is the new special series designed for young and dynamic customers which will debut on 13 and 14 April at Italian dealerships. Available with all the engine versions combined with manual gearboxes (69 HP 1.2, 85 HP 0.9 Turbo TwinAir, 95 HP 1.3 MultiJet, 69 HP 1.2 LPG and 80 HP 0.9 Turbo TwinAir Methane), the list price ranges from 12,700 Euros for the 69 HP 1.2 version to reach the top of the range priced at 16,500 Euros: Ypsilon Elefantino 80 HP 0.9 Turbo TwinAir Methane version.

After accompanying the Lancia Racing Team in the 1960s competitions, the Elefantino symbol reappeared from 1997 to 2003 on the new Lancia Y - in different Blue, Red and Blues variants - with more than 320,000 units sold, 45% of the mix of total registrations in the model. In particular, the Elefantino Blue version demonstrated Lancia’s wish to extend the possibility of purchasing a model with a unique line and personality to younger customers as well.

Today the charming Elefantino is back on the new Ypsilon 5-door, making this successful model accessible also to younger customers so they can distinguish themselves by driving a car with a unique line and personality. With the new ’Fashion City Car’ special series, Lancia also confirms its vocation of young and unconventional car, able to anticipate the needs of the public and make itself the trend. Little lucky charm, symbol of loyalty, respect and charm, the elefantino marks the tailgate next to the Ypsilon logo, embellishing the ’signature’ of the car.

The new ’entry level’ of the range and an alternative to the Silver version, the unprecedented trim level addresses a younger audience that prefers contents connected to the ’metropolitan’ style as the refined body colours - always matched with the gloss black tailgate - demonstrate: Sabbia Beige, Neve White and Pietra Grey , and the classic Vulcano Black and Aurora Purple - included in the pricelist - as well (the new Turquoise colour and new Turquoise/Vulcano Black two-tone will be added in June). To further emphasise the glamour soul of the new special series, the special liveries are embellished with fuchsia details that characterise the door mirror covers with specific graphics, body coloured door handles and the original coloured wheel hub caps.

Lancia Ypsilon Elefantino

In keeping with the informal soul of the new Ypsilon Elefantino, a single casual interior is available for all exterior shades, where the leather steering wheel, chrome-plated finishes of the dashboard and black fabric seats with fuchsia stitching (the same also found on the gear lever gaiter and headrests), combined with door mirror covers, hub caps and rear ’Elefantino’ logo, stand out. Finally, the tone-on-tone stickers on the central posts and the characterisation of the dashboard and seats draw on the ’metropolitan’ style with graphics dedicated to the trendiest European cities.

Whatever the colour or the engine chosen, the Lancia Ypsilon Elefantino customer will always be able to count on a wealth of standard equipment that includes: door opening remote control, leather gear knob and steering wheel (height and depth-adjustable), electric front windows, 50/50 split rear seat, height-adjustable driver seat, 15" steel wheels and interiors in technical fabric with fitted electro-welded seams. Climate control system and radio with CD-MP3 player complete the content line-up: both items are included in the commercial offer and are totally free of charge. In terms of safety, ABS with EBD, front and side airbags, and also the Isofix attachments are offered standard.

The special Elefantino series broadens the offer of the new Lancia Ypsilon that is facing 2013 with a renewed range even with the recent introduction of the methane/petrol 80 HP Turbo TwinAir engine. On the market since January 2013, the Ypsilon Ecochic Methane has received orders equal to 30% of the mix that added to the results of the Ypsilon Ecochic LPG reaches a remarkable 60% of the total green versions of the Ypsilon family.

In addition, the new products will continue throughout the year, contributing to reinforcing the growing success the model has so far met both with the public and with critics, as demonstrated by the approximately 70,000 registrations from its launch to date. Finally, with a share of 11% in the B segment, in the first quarter of 2013 the Lancia Ypsilon is the third best-selling car in Italy, consolidating the results achieved during 2012.


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