These are the best spy pics yet of the Lancia's new city car in testing. The Ypsilon will launch in the UK complete with Chrysler badging later in the year after a reveal at Geneva in March.
The launch of the diminutive hatch will mark a considerable change in strategy for Chrysler, which has hitherto concentrated on European versions of US models only in the biggest market segments.
Based on the Fiat 500 platform, the Ypsilon will sit on a stretched wheelbase and have five doors to distinguish it from the three-door 500. The outer skin and the interior are unique and, according to insiders, mix contemporary and some retro styling features.
The key engine for the city car-sized Ypsilon will be Fiat’s new turbocharged, two-cylinder TwinAir engine. Chrysler UK expects to sell no more than 1800 examples of the car next year, but it believes the Ypsilon has “significant sales potential” in the longer term.