Buyers of cars in the steadily burgeoning “supermini” class have traditionally had to accept plenty of compromises. That is becoming much less the case, with a variety of manufacturers now even aiming at delivering luxury-level experiences. While the low price tags typical of such vehicles will always constrain the available options to some extent, vehicles like the new Lancia Ypsilon are doing an excellent job of questioning well established conclusions about what buyers can expect from a supermini.
Lancia Aims Higher With Its New Ypsilon While Keeping the Price Low
Some understandably scoffed at the company’s announcement that the forthcoming version of the Ypsilon would include luxury oriented features and trim packages. With prices in various configurations in the United Kingdom to range from around ten thousand pounds to just over sixteen, the new Ypsilon remains a vehicle that is meant to appeal to budget minded buyers.
As befits a car in the supermini class, the new Ypsilon will be powered by an extremely economical engine. Turning out somewhere around eighty-five horsepower with well under a liter of displacement, that power plant helps keep both the purchase price and operating costs down. It is a fair fit for a truly compact vehicle like this, being designed more for city driving than highway acceleration at higher speeds.
So far, the Ypsilon could sound like just about any other car in its class. Where it departs from the norm is by coupling a convenience-oriented five-door configuration with a slate of luxury level features that could be at home in a significantly more expensive vehicle. Lancia hopes that this combination will be enough to entice buyers who might others have strayed into another class in search of creature comforts.
In the Eyes of Many Analysts, a Success in the Making
This is, at the very least, an interesting strategy whose prosecution will bear some close observation. There have been attempts in the past to expand the boundaries of the supermini class to include features and options typical of larger, more expensive vehicles. As a significantly novel take on this basic idea, the new Ypsilon now seems to many like a car that could make the first such notable type of progress.