12.09.2011 LANCIA PREPARES TO UNVEIL A YPSILON SHOWCAR IN FRANKFURT

LANCIA YPSILON DIAMOND - 2011 FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW IAA

LANCIA YPSILON DIAMOND - 2011 FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW IAA

LANCIA YPSILON DIAMOND - 2011 FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW IAA

At the Frankfurt Motor Show this week Lancia is trotting out another showcar that typifies the use of some luxurious new trim materials and a more complex paint finish, the Ypsilon Diamond, which the brand says may be added to the production range in the future.

The Ypsilon Diamond's special colour scheme features a new finish dubbed "eco-chrome", which achieves a chrome effect by means of a special paint rather than by conventional chrome plating. Tinged with a "white gold" colour, this new eco-chrome finish has been applied to various parts of the body, including the sun roof, mirror covers, grille, headlight surrounds, pillar and tailgate logos, door handles, bonnet, spoiler, exhaust terminal and alloy wheels. The rest of the body is finished in an soft-touch effect colour called "Chiffon White".

The Ypsilon Diamond's new exterior finish is complemented by some interior tweaks that Lancia Centro Stile believes promotes "elegance and refinement". The upholstery uses new materials, from a bronze-black galuchat hide on the central sections of the seats and on the head rests with the Ypsilon logo, to glittering, soft, embossed nabuk hide on the seat sides, dashboard and door panels.

This two-tone theme extends to the rest of the interior. The roof is covered in a light Alcantara fabric that matches the paint finish of the door pillars and sun visors, while the bottom section of the dashboard is finished in a contrasting dark shade. The steering wheel, instrument cowl, and handbrake and gear lever boots are now in black leather. There is double stitching and embroidering in both contrasting and matching colours.

Finally, the special eco-chrome finish reoccurs inside on the air vent surrounds, glove compartment handle, door handles, steering wheel spokes and gear lever surround. The gear lever is topped by a crystal effect, methacrylate gear lever knob made to look like a gem stone to remind occupants of the name of this Lancia show-car.

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