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Lancia will return to rally racing with the Ypsilon

Automaker also revives the iconic HF badge

Lancia's future rests on the shoulders of the small Ypsilon. PHOTO FROM LANCIA

When Lancia launched its new and refreshed image, its first production model was the all-new Ypsilon city car. And it appears that the buying public has warmly received the rebirth of the celebrated automaker. Because of this, the company now seems confident in expanding its portfolio and returning to its sporting past.

Ypsilon buyers now have more choices. PHOTOS FROM LANCIA

Initially only available as an electric vehicle, the Ypsilon range now includes a mild-hybrid power unit in the form of a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine. System output peaks at 99hp. Furthermore, Lancia is offering customers more flexibility with the Ypsilon’s selection of trim levels.

This model also marks the return of the famed HF badge. In line with the company’s goal of embracing electrification, the Ypsilon HF is a full-electric hatchback with 237hp and a 100km/h sprint time of 5.8 seconds. It will feature lowered suspension and a wider track to enhance handling, and debut is slated for May 2025.

Lancia's legendary galloping elephant will soon be back. PHOTOS FROM LANCIA

Moreover, Lancia is planning to go rally racing again with the Ypsilon as its weapon of choice. Designed to conform with the FIA’s Rally4 specifications, the Ypsilon Rally4 HF sports a 209hp 1.2-liter turbo engine. This car will be eligible to compete in the two-wheel-drive categories of the World Rally Championship and FIA-sanctioned regional events.

Wouldn't it be nice to see the upcoming Delta in these colors? PHOTOS FROM LANCIA

There is clearly a lot in store for the Ypsilon. But Lancia has also confirmed the revival of the Gamma and the Delta, which will be launched in 2026 and 2028, respectively. While details are still limited, one noteworthy fact is that both these models will be getting their own HF versions.

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