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The Ypsilon HF is the first hot Lancia in decades

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The Ypsilon HF is the first hot Lancia in decades


When FCA and PSA merged a few years ago, Stellantis promised to retain all the brands in its vast portfolio. This includes the struggling Lancia brand, which finally has a new car in the 2024 Ypsilon. The fourth generation model even gets the High Fidelity treatment. Yes, HF is officially back. The dormant Italian company presents the Ypsilon HF, complemented by a rally derivative.

While all previous HF-badged cars had a combustion engine, the new Ypsilon HF is purely electric. It offers 237 horsepower from a front-mounted engine, matching the Abarth 600e and Alfa Romeo Junior Veloce. This is no coincidence since all three cars share the Common Modular Platform (CMF) used by several other Stellantis products. This includes the non-US-bound Jeep Avenger.

The electric motor draws its juice from a 54 kWh battery inherited from Alfa Romeo and Abarth models. Lancia touts a 0 to 62 mph time of 5.8 seconds, which isn’t too bad for a small front-wheel drive sedan from a mainstream brand. In addition to the improved electric motor, the Ypsilon HF features a wider track and lowered suspension for better handling.

Today’s debut is technically a preview since the stunning supermini won’t go on sale in Europe until May 2025. Lancia says all future models will get the high-fidelity treatment, including the revival of the Gamma and Delta which should arriving later this decade. .

The little elephant logo was first used in 1960, when owners formed a club only for people with at least six cars. HF Lancia Racing Team was established in 1963, but it was not until 1966 that the first car received the legendary logo: the Fulvia Coupé HF.

Rally icons such as the Stratos HF and Delta HF Integrale Evolution acquired the little elephant during Lancia’s glory days. Legend has it that the design of the logo was chosen as a lucky charm in 1953 by Gianni, son of company founder Vincenzo Lancia and CEO of the car manufacturer between 1949 and 1955.

Speaking of rallying, the Ypsilon HF is joined by the Ypsilon Rally 4 HF. Unlike the electric road car, the motorsport variant uses a turbocharged gasoline engine. It is a 1.2-liter three-cylinder developing 209 hp. As the name suggests, the racing car was developed to comply with FIA Rally4 Group regulations.

Marking Lancia’s return to rallying after a long hiatus, the Ypsilon Rally 4 HF is also front-wheel drive. It gets a five-speed gearbox with a mechanical limited-slip differential. It doesn’t seem that different from the road-legal car, as regulations state that it must be largely based on a production vehicle. The Rally4 Group was created in 2019 and is derived from the R2 class of Group R cars.

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