• Mar 1, 2011
2012 Lancia Ypsilon – Click above for high-res image gallery

Take a good long look at the Lancia Ypsilon. If not because it's a vital new product for one of the oldest marques in autodom, then because it's also slated to wear a Chrysler badge one day soon.

That Lancia and Chrysler are getting closer than a couple of drunk teens after the prom is no longer a secret. They share a common CEO – both at the group and brand levels – and will act as each-other's agents in their respective markets (not unlike their counterparts at General Motors' Vauxhall, Opel and Holden units). Vehicles we know as Chrysler models will soon be sold in Europe under Lancia's umbrella. This car will be marketed as a Lancia in contental Europe, as a Chrysler in the UK, and possibly as a Chrysler in the States as well.

We ran through the full details of the new Ypsilon a couple of weeks ago when Lancia dropped the details, but if you want to see this upscale five-door Fiat 500 platform-mate looks outside the studio and on the floor of the Geneva Motor Show, click through our live gallery below.




Live photos copyright ©2011 Noah Joseph / AOL


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      • 3 Years Ago
      The Ypsilon has already had a Lancia- Chrysler "unified" restyling, in its new B-segment hatchback car.

      In the "unified" Lancia-Chrysler styling, that Sergio Marchionne delayed the Chrysler 300 to achieve, the grill is a trapezoidal shape with horizontal set of bars, instead of a vertical waterfall previously used by Lancia; and similar to the restyled Delta concept C-segment hatch that was touring the previous year's auto shows.

      Lancia-Chrysler styling unification extends from the Chrysler models 300 through the 200; and adopts the previous Lancia styling theme with a set of character lines converging on the nose and converging lines extending from the A pillars forward. The rear styling of both the Delta and Ypsilon fit without change to the contemporary Chrysler styling. If anything the Chrysler 300's so-called "Cadillac/Packard fins" by auto reviewers, emulates the Lancia rear taillight treatment too, much more than the older pseudo Caddy/Packard resemblance.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Perfect time to bring back Plymouth. The Pronto, anyone?
      • 3 Years Ago
      PT cruiser's italian cousin..
      • 3 Years Ago
      back looks like a mini murano and somehow like a swift at the same time :S
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well that's just awful.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If the Chrysler pt
      gets a redesign, don't forget the hood.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Maybe they'll get all European on us and call it the "Petit Cruiser"?
        • 3 Years Ago
        The front end looks just like an updated PT Cruiser.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They had to do something with all the leftovers.
        • 3 Years Ago
        And here we all thought the PT Cruiser was dead.

        Apparently not.
      • 3 Years Ago
      In March 2010 - the most recent month for which I can find figures - Chrysler UK sold 986 vehicles. Nine hundred and eighty-six. That was 12 per cent more than they sold in the same month the previous year. You could sell more polished turds in a month than that.

      People in the UK are not interested in buying Chryslers.

      They do, however, want to buy Lancias. The Lancia name brings to mind the Stratos, the Delta HF Integrale and the Thema 8.32 with a Ferrari V8 engine.

      Chrysler? Chrysler made the PT Cruiser.

      Which genius decided that the Chrysler brand was desirable in the UK?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Bring up Lancia's figures for the UK.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh Lancia. Where have you gone?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gorgeous baby luxury car! Hopefully we this cutie very soon.
        • 3 Years Ago
        If you go to your local Chrysler dealer, I'm sure they still have a PT Cruiser on the lot.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like the offspring of a Fiat 500 and a PT Cruiser
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's hideous, so it should fit right in under the Chrysler umbrella.
      • 3 Years Ago
      reminds me of the "3 shells". I see what it is, but what do I do with them? "expletive"
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring it to the US!
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