Lancia Ypsilon EV 2025 gives new meaning to leak after possibly stolen prototype plunges into canal

Earlier today, French authorities were called to rescue a sunken ship, but little did they know they would discover the Lancia Ypsilon 2025.

December 12, 2023 at 4:40 p.m

    Lancia Ypsilon EV 2025 gives new meaning to leak after possibly stolen prototype plunges into canal

We all have bad days at work, but the Lancia team at Stellantis in Sochaux, France had a really, really tough day today. That’s because not only were photos of one of their test vehicles leaked, but ironically the car was also completely submerged.

The vehicle in question is the upcoming 2025 Lancia Ypsilon (although it may be launched in Europe as a 2024 model). While we’ve seen it in testing before, it’s always been covered up by a bunch of camouflage. Now, thanks to an unfortunate ride that ended up in a canal, we get to see a lot more.

Authorities were first alerted to the trouble around 7:30 a.m. local time this morning when firefighters in the Montbeliard region were called to rescue a car whose roof was seen sticking out. waterreports Eastern Republican. They quickly gathered several divers in an effort to find the people involved in the incident. Fortunately, no one was found in or near the car.

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Authorities then called a towing company to pull the car out of the water. Few on the scene probably realized that they would do so be revealing trade secrets of Lancia. However, when the car was pulled from the channel, it was revealed to be a pre-production Ypsilon due to debut in February 2024.

Although the images of the French photographer Lionel Vadam are not as detailed as we are used to from our spy photographers (after all, it was a rescue mission), they are nevertheless revealing. We can see that the windows are surrounded by black trim like the wheel arches and that they will have round, Pu+Ra concept-inspired rear lights that are also surrounded by dark material.

The hatchback’s bulbous shape is reminiscent of the camouflaged Ypsilons we’ve already seen in testing, and more or less as expected. Based on e-CMP platformThe Ypsilon is expected to get a single 154 hp (115 kW/156 PS) engine powered by a 51 kWh battery that could give drivers a range of around 248 miles (400 km).

As to how this example ended up underwater, the answer is unclear. However, the newspaper Est Republicain reports that the vehicle was stolen. Unfortunately, it doesn’t provide any further details on how this happened. We will follow up with more information as it becomes available.