This story includes renderings of a Lancia Ypsilon concept created by independent designer Marco Maltese that are neither related to nor endorsed by Lancia.
While we’re waiting for the Lancia Design Day on November 28 hoping to see a sign of things to come for the Italian brand, a new Lancia Ypsilon concept created by an independent designer popped up online proposing a new design language. The Lancia Ypsilon by Maltese Design was envisioned as a fully electric supermini with crossover styling cues, based on Stellantis underpinnings.
The digital-only concept imagines the next-generation Ypsilon with a rather premium styling approach, coinciding with the market positioning of the soon-to-be reborn Italian brand.
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The front end is characterized by a mature look, with thin LED headlights, a subtly illuminated grille, stylish bumper intakes, and strong dynamic lines on the bonnet. The model rides on large-diameter turbine-style alloy wheels and has a generous ground clearance for a hatchback. This, in combination with the gloss-black wheelarches, give it a crossover stance without looking overly adventurous as this wouldn’t correlate to Lancia’s branding. The high-riding stance would also add practicality, allowing the Ypsilon to slot right in between supermini hatchbacks and small SUVs.
The side windows and the C-pillars are a subtle reference to the Lancia Delta, as are the toned-up rear shoulders, while the flush door handles and the mirror-replacing cameras bring it to the modern era. At the back, the designer opted for a large rear windshield which has been a characteristic feature of the Lancia supermini models since the black-themed tailgate of the Y10 (1985-1995). The taillights are integrated into the glass and connected through a thin LED bar above the license plate.
The concept was designed to sit on Stellantis’ eCMP architecture, which is shared with the DS 3 E-Tense, the Peugeot e-2008, and the Opel Mokka-e. The recently updated EV powertrain includes a more powerful electric motor producing 154 hp (115 kW / 156 PS) and 260 Nm (191.8 lb-ft) of torque, alongside a 54 kWh battery that is good for an electric range of around 400 km (250 miles).
Lancia has already confirmed it is working on an all-new Ypsilon, set to debut in 2024. The brand’s first new model in over a decade, it will be offered with both hybrid and EV powertrain options before the Italian automaker goes EV-only in 2028. Besides the Ypsilon that will spearhead its new era, Lancia has also confirmed the Aurelia electric crossover for 2026 and the reimagined Delta EV for 2028.
Photos Marco Maltese