• Feb 8, 2010
Lancia Ypsilon Versus Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

Too close for comfort or exactly what the Pentastar needs, that depends on your point of view. But Chrysler and Lancia – the two pseudo-premium brands under the Fiat-Chrysler partnership – are growing closer by the day.

After Fiat chief Sergio Marchionne took over in Auburn Hills, he placed the Chrysler division under the leadership of Lancia CEO Olivier Francois. More recently, Marchionne said the two brands could be merged within the year. Meanwhile on the product end of things, a report several months ago forecasted that the Lancia Delta – the freshest produce in the company's apple cart – could make it Stateside as a Chrysler, which was followed up by the unveiling of just that at the Detroit Auto Show. Now a new set of rumors suggest the Delta could enjoy some company from the Old Country on this side of the Atlantic.

The current Lancia Ypsilon (pictured above in special Versus edition trim) is the brand's smallest product. It dates back to 2003 and had a minor facelift in 2006, but is in dire need of replacement. A couple of years back, reports of a prospective follow-up positioned the next-gen Ypsilon alongside the Fiat 500 and Alfa MiTo in the Fiat group's three-pronged attack on the Mini brand. Whether that proves accurate or not in the long run, the newest reports indicate that the Ypsilon could, like the Delta, be re-badged as a Chrysler, potentially taking the Java name from the concept car Chrysler showcased at the 1999 Frankfurt Motor Show.



[Source: BurlappCars.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like a chrysler
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well this is not Next-gen Lancia Ypsilon , but the current one
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice little car
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it looks great even at 7 years old, and would be a good fit as a Chrysler.

        Why the hell would they bring the 500 over with a Chrysler badge? Dumbest idea I've heard this year. Why not introduce the Corvette to new markets as a Cadillac while we're at it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is a horrid looking car. There is nothing in Lancia line-up with the exception of Delta that deserves any consideration.

        If they want a small Chrysler, just bring the Fiat 500, slap the Chrysler logo in front ( I think fits it the car rather well) and call it done.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shrek will look good in this car. Together with Fiona and Donkey
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well I own 300, and I see myself downsizing
        • 4 Years Ago
        Out of curiousity, I am compelled to ask, if your choices were limited, would you prefer either a Lancia Ypsilon or an Alfa Romeo 147?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Also don't forget that Chrysler needs to sell cars in Europe too.........that's part of the perk of being a worldwide brand, as opposode as just being an exotic American car, which is what Chrysler is considered outside of the US at the moment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That will find about as many customers as a typical Saab does.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Can't you be more optimistic for once?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Who peed in your cereal this morning?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the previous gen. Y from 90's is more suitable to the US than anyone, it looks that was entire made under the american taste.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Are you guys paying attention? They said "next-gen". That means we wouldn't get this version. If you've ever been in a Lancia, you would discover that the interior materials are of high quality.That is something that Chrysler needs first and foremost. @Dondonel: rebadge a Fiat 500? You've gotta be kidding me. That is blasphemy. The 500 will sell here on its own as a Fiat. Rebadging it would be worse than Chrysler's TC.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whenever I see pictures of this thing, I'm reminded of a London taxi. Ugly doesn't begin to describe it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        hahaha...
        It reminds me of exactly that too.
        However, I like that about it.
        It makes me think it is purposefully designed and spacious.
        Of course - I don't know if that is true... but that is the image the "london cab" association gives me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gee, comparing to this, Jeep CompAss looks like a design masterpiece.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should build it in a factory in Ypsilanti MI. Then they can call it the Ypsi for short.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or they can just call it the Y?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Vince Burlapp hates Chrysler, everybody knows that
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