17.12.2011 LANCIA ADDS LPG OPTION TO NEW YPSILON LINE-UP

LANCIA YPSILON ECOCHIC 1.2 FIRE EVO II PETROL/LPG
LANCIA YPSILON ECOCHIC 1.2 FIRE EVO II PETROL/LPG

The new Ypsilon Ecochic is fitted out with a more efficient new Euro 5 bi-fuel (petrol and LPG) 1.2 Fire EVO II engine that replaces the outgoing model's larger and more powerful engine. Available in three different trim levels (Silver, Gold and Platinum), the price list of the new Ypsilon version starts from 14,600 euros (on the road).

Lancia is recycling the "Ecochic" label to denote the most environmentally efficient versions of the new-generation Ypsilon, and to celebrate its arrival on the Italian market an "open house" is being held at dealers this weekend.

The new Ypsilon Ecochic is fitted out with a more efficient new Euro 5 bi-fuel (petrol and LPG) 1.2 Fire EVO II engine that replaces the outgoing model's larger and more powerful engine. Available in three different trim levels (Silver, Gold and Platinum), the price list of the new Ypsilon version starts from 14,600 euros (on the road).

The new Ypsilon 5-door with bi-fuel supply (LPG and petrol) takes up the baton from the discontinued Ypsilon 3-door, and joins the Musa and Delta in the Ecochic range. The Italian preview of the Ypsilon Ecochic took place at the recent Bologna Motor Show, and will become available at Lancia dealerships starting in February 2012.

The Ecochic concept adheres to the carmaker's belief that "a clean environment is a luxury we want to allow ourselves." Compared with petrol and diesel fuel, LPG cuts particulate emissions to zero and slashes the emission of other pollutant substances (up to 15% less carbon dioxide, up to 20% less carbon monoxide and up to 60% less unburnt hydrocarbons). Thanks to these characteristics, LPG prolongs the life of the engine and improves the quality of the environment. Last but not least, running on LPG barely affects passenger comfort or vehicle performance.

Compared to the outgoing Ypsilon (3-door) fitted with the 77 HP 1.4 8V bi-fuel (LPG/petrol) engine, the new Ypsilon Ecochic features the Euro 5 1.2 Fire EVO II bi-fuel (petrol and LPG) engine, which improves fuel consumption (6.8 l/100 km in the combined cycle) and CO2 emissions (110 g/km). Both values are recorded with LPG fuel supply, which place it at the top of this particular market segment.

Specially designed to achieve ultimate integration and reliability with the LPG system, the Euro 5 1.2 Fire EVO II bi-fuel (petrol and LPG) engine is factory-fitted, so every car is certified, tested and guaranteed by Lancia, and this is why it can take advantage of government incentive schemes in the various European markets. The engine has a cylinder head with valves and valve seats made with configurations and materials optimised for LPG operation. Equipped with a special intake system for the LPG injectors, not only does the particular Lancia Ypsilon bi-fuel engine have all the additional electrical wiring already built-in, but develops a maximum power of 69 HP (51 kW) at 5500 rpm and delivers a maximum torque of 99 Nm at 3000 rpm. The new Ypsilon Ecochic reaches a top speed of 163 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 14.5 seconds.

The new Ypsilon version is designed to run independently on either petrol or LPG: the engine is always started up on petrol and switches automatically to LPG after about 40 seconds. It is of course possible to switch from one fuel to another whilst driving by pressing a special button built into the dashboard. If the driver finds there is no LPG left in the cylinder, switching to petrol operation takes place automatically to ensure a smooth drive. It should also be stressed that LPG is a much cheaper fuel than petrol, diesel or methane (the price per litre is about 50% less than unleaded petrol). The distribution network is also widespread throughout Europe, with more than 10,000 points of sale. The toroid type (ring-shaped) LPG cylinder has a 30.5-litre capacity and is located in the spare wheel housing so that it does not take up space in the luggage compartment (the inflation kit is fitted as standard).

Compared with an after-market conversion, a car with a factory-fitted system has many advantages. For example, the use of specific materials and components and the application of dedicated technology enabling the customer to benefit from a Lancia contractual warranty. Since the modifications to the chassis are carried out directly in the factory, the car boasts the highest standards of comfort and safety as borne out by the numerous and stringent tests that the various system components are subjected to.

The commercial launch in Italy of the new Ypsilon Ecochic is being accompanied by the recent TV, press, radio and Internet advertising campaign that has already been running for several weeks. The campaign has been created by the agency Armando Testa.

Lancia Ypsilon Ecochic Technical Specifications

Engine

1.2 Fire EVO II (petrol and LPG) Euro 5

cylinders, arrangement

4L

bore x stroke in mm

70.8x78.9

displacement in cc

1242

emission level

E5

compression ratio

11

max power output EC: kW (HP) at rpm

51 (69) 5500

power/payload ratio [kW/t]

49

EC max torque: Nm at rpm

99 at 3000 rpm

power supply

Petrol+LPG

 

 

Transmission

 

drive type

front

gearbox, no. of gears

manual 5 + reverse

 

 

Steering

 

type

rack and pinion

kerb-to-kerb turning circle in m

9.4

 

 

Brakes

 

front: diameter in mm

Disc 257x12

rear: diameter in mm

Drum 203

 

 

Suspension

 

front

Independent wheels, MacPherson type with lower transverse wishbones secured to an auxiliary crossmember

rear

Interconnected wheels by means of torsion beam

 

 

External dimensions

 

wheelbase in mm

2390

length/width in mm

3842/1875

height in mm

1520

front/rear track in mm

1414/1408

front/rear overhang in mm

816/636

luggage compartment volume in dm3

245

 

 

Wheels

 

tyres fitted as standard

185/55 R15 82H

 

 

Weights - Capacities

 

unladen weight in kg

965

max. towable weight (braked) in kg

750

fuel tank in litres (P/LPG) 40/30.5
 

 

Performance

 

top speed in km/h

163

acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in seconds

14.5

 

 

Fuel consumption in l/100 km

 

urban/extra-urban/combined cycle

 6.9/4.4/5.3 (P)   8.7/5.7/6.8 (LPG)

CO2 emissions in g/km (P/LPG)

124 /110

 

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