Lancia Delta 3rd generation
|Also called||Chrysler Delta (UK & Ireland)|
|Assembly||Cassino, Frosinone, Italy|
|Body style||5-door hatchback|
|Engine||1.4L TurboJet petrol 1.8L DI TurboJet petrol 1.6L Multijet diesel 1.9L Multijet TwinTurbo diesel 2.0L Multijet diesel|
|Transmission||6-speed manual 6-speed automatic 6-speed robotised|
|Wheelbase||2,700 mm (110 in)|
|Length||4,520 mm (178 in)|
|Width||1,797 mm (70.7 in)|
|Height||1,499 mm (59.0 in)|
|Related||Fiat Bravo (2007)|
|Designer(s)||Lancia Centro Stile|
In September 2006 Lancia officially announced the revival of the Delta name, with new cars to be built on the Fiat C platform, as reported in CAR Magazine.
The world première of the new HPE concept was held at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival.
The new Lancia Delta (Type 844) was unveiled at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show.
The Lancia brand was reintroduced to the Scandinavian, Russian and Turkish markets in 2007. Commercial ambitions for the car appear more cautious than for earlier Deltas: British press reports nevertheless highlighted plans for the new Delta to spearhead a return by Lancia to the UK market during 2009, coinciding with Lancia's centenary.
Delta as well as being an historical name from Lancia’s past is also being interpreted this time around by Lancia as a mathematical symbol that stands for change, difference and evolution. Designed by the Lancia Style Centre, this car is aimed at the luxury end of the small family car segment. The Delta is 4.52 metres (178.0 in) long, 1.797 metres (70.7 in) wide and 1.499 metres (59.0 in) high, and has a wheelbase of 2.7 metres (106.3 in), 10 centimetres (3.9 in) more than the Fiat Bravo. It has five doors and can be considered a hatchback or an estate (see Hatchback vs. Station wagon).
At the 2010 North American International Auto Show, a badge-engineered version of the Delta under the Chrysler brand (a manufacturer now partially owned by Fiat) was unveiled as a concept car for a potential North American release. The Delta, along with the Ypsilon, is marketed as a Chrysler in the UK and Ireland.
The new Delta offers a number of options and equipment including a Bose Hi-Fi radio incorporating a CD player and MP3 file reader with steering-wheel mounted controls, the Blue&Me system developed with Microsoft, and brand new satellite navigation system developed with Magneti Marelli.
Further technical equipment included to effect the ride and handling will include an advanced ESC (Electronic Stability Control) system and SDC suspension (with electronic damping control, also by Magneti Marelli).
The new Delta also has a driving assistant that gives more safety, an electric eye monitors the road and gives feedback to steering wheel to suggest corrections to the driver. The car is available also with semi-automatic parking assistant.
The 2011 facelift of the Delta received trim level changes, a Chrysler-derived 'family' grille, and a 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) 1.6-litre Multijet diesel engine with lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The new version of the Delta was expected to be presented at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.