Next November, the Italian brand Lancia will celebrate its 115th anniversary. It is expected that, to celebrate, new details of the strategic plans of the firm, which today belongs to the Stellantis group, will be given. However, some details of the company’s resurrection plans are already known, which will become one of Stellantis’ three premium divisions alongside Alfa Romeo and DS.
Luca Napolitano, CEO of Lancia, recently announced that the company will launch three models between now and 2028; In addition, all the vehicles it presents from 2026 will be exclusively electric. It was already confirmed that the first car of the ‘new Lancia’ would be the Ypsilon (segment B), scheduled for 2024, but now it has been revealed that the second will be the Delta (segment C), which will arrive in 2026.
The original Delta is probably one of the most remembered models of the transalpine firm thanks to its multiple successes in rallying in the 80s and early 90s. Although its next two generations did not enjoy the same commercial success as the first, the truth is is that the Delta continues to be missed by many fans.
Aware of this, Luca Napolitano has decided to include the legendary compact in Lancia’s plans. “It will return and it will be a true Delta – an exciting car, a manifesto of progress and technology, and it will be electric. ” Unlike the Ypsilon, which will be marketed in thermal and electric versions, the Delta will bet exclusively on this latest propulsion technology.
The Lancia Delta will share the development with the Alfa Romeo Giulietta
Everything seems to indicate that the new Lancia Delta will sit on the Stellantis STLA Medium platform. This architecture will be able to house batteries of between 87 and 104 kWh capacity, offering a maximum range of 700 km WLTP. In addition, it will be able to equip two types of electric drive modules: one between 170 hp (125 kW) and 245 hp (180 kW) and another between 204 hp (150 kW) and 449 hp (330 kW).
Since the STLA Medium platform will support the all-wheel drive, chances are high that Lancia will reissue the legendary HF Integrale sports version. Given that the Delta will be developed in parallel to the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, both vehicles will possibly share a powertrain in their sportier variants (Quadrifoglio Verde and GTA in the case of Alfa Romeo).
Lancia, which currently only operates in Italy, will gradually expand to the European markets with the most sales of electric cars (Germany, France, the Nordic countries …). Although the firm will focus on online sales, it will have its distribution network created in collaboration with Alfa Romeo and DS.