Delta. It’s certainly one of Lancia‘s most famed mannequin names because of World Rally Championship glory and the blisteringly fast Integrale fashions, however it hasn’t at all times been handled with a complete lot of respect. Its most up-to-date incarnation, don’t overlook, was little greater than a questionably restyled Fiat Bravo. Now, although, the Italian model is seeking to deliver the badge again and, we hope, do it some justice.
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The new automotive gained’t contain inner combustion, nevertheless, with Lancia plotting to shift to completely electrical merchandise solely by 2026. “Everyone needs Delta and it could possibly’t be lacking from our plans, Lancia CEO Luca Napolitano instructed Corriere Della Sera (translated through Google), including, “It will return and will probably be a real Delta: an thrilling automotive, a manifesto of progress and expertise. And clearly, will probably be electrical.”
This gained’t be taking place any time quickly. The first order of enterprise might be changing the traditional Ypsilon supermini, which stays extraordinarily in style in its native Italian regardless of its advancing years. Napolitano says the brand new model might be “solely be step one in an accelerated path in the direction of a radical change, to revive credibility to the model within the premium market”. The automotive is mooted for a 2024 launch, so we in all probability gained’t be seeing the Delta till 2025 and even 2026.
The new Delta is more likely to share its EV-specific platform with different Stellantis manufacturers together with Alfa Romeo, which is plotting its personal electrical revolution. Lancia’s sister model might be going EV a 12 months later in 2027.
We’re not anticipating Lancia’s reborn Delta to recapture the awesomeness of the outdated Integrale – that was a very long time in the past, and the WRC golden years now a distant reminiscence. But nonetheless, a brand new, all-electric model may very well be very fascinating certainly. We’re trying ahead to seeing what Lancia comes up with.