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.