TURIN – Lancia’s first new model as part of Stellantis is still more than a year away, but the Italian brand has already designed three new cars that it hopes will seal its entry into the premium segment.
Lancia has not shown any previews of those models, the first of which will appear in early 2024, but this week it offered a glimpse of the key design elements that will be common to its future lineup through a mockup called Pu+Ra Zero, for "pure" and "radical."
"We wanted to show that Lancia could be faithful to its roots without having to choose between being pure or radical, offering both with our Pu+Ra design language," Lancia CEO Luca Napolitano said at a media event in Turin on Monday.
Jean-Pierre Ploue, head of Stellantis design as well as of Lancia design, pointed to two concept cars by Bertone, the Lancia Stratos Zero from 1970 and the Alfa Romeo Carabo from 1968 as sources of inspiration.
The Pu+Ra Zero mockup has volumes clearly inspired by the Stratos Zero, a new visual identity in the front, a new logo displayed on the C pillar area and circular tail lights that recall the production Lancia Stratos, that launched in 1973.
"These are all the defying elements that you will find in the future Ypsilon," Ploue said.