By Brendan Moore
Amid Fiat’s resurgence in Europe, its Lancia brand has been somewhat passed over in terms of new models and press coverage.
But Fiat has not forgotten about the old Italian marque, and some new models are on the way, and Lancia is rebuilding its dealer network and making marketing plans to publicize the new models.
Lancia Delta HPE concept
One of the most anticipated new models is the Lancia Delta HPE, a new model based on a stretched Fiat Bravo platform.
Although no prices or trim details have been released yet, a range of gasoline and diesel engines is expected, ranging in power from 120bhp to more than 200bhp, a goodly amount for any small car. Fiat’s brand-new and highly-anticipated twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine is expected to be offered in the range from the start, and that will be a huge plus in the European market.
The new Delta HPE is expected to compete in the same segment as the VW Golf and the Ford Focus. While it certainly won’t throw a scare into either car or its attendant sales figures, it may appeal to those motorists looking for an alternative to the usual fare served up by European automakers.
The production Delta HPE is expected to look very much like the concept version shown over the last year, which has gotten good reviews overall.
Will Lancia return to the U.S. anytime soon?
Well, we don’t even have Fiat or Alfa Romeo back yet, so it’s not likely. American buyers will see the extravagantly priced Alfa Romeo 8C soon at their local Maserati dealer, which is fitting since it is more or less a Maserati, but there are no firm plans for the rest of the Alfa lineup. So, don’t hold your breath for Lancia. Frankly, I would be delirious if we could just have the Fiat lineup available here in the United States. That would be a great start.
Lancia is expected to show their final production version of the Delta HPE at the Frankfurt Auto Show next year. Sales are expected to commence a few months after the Frankfurt show.
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