For Lancia, the arrival of the all-new Delta was so important that bosses decided to clear the Geneva Motor Show stand of any other distractions. None of the Italian brand’s other models were there for press day.
At 177.2 inches long, the five-door compact hatchback is a striking piece of automotive design. Inside there’s smart chrome detailing around the interior instrumentation, plus one of Lancia’s signatures, a four-spoke steering wheel. Cabin features include a Blaupunkt audio system, with an upgrade to a Bose unit on the options list. Fiat’s Blue&Me collaboration with Microsoft – which includes hands-free and Bluetooth interfaces, voice recognition, a USB port, MP3 player and an SMS interpreter – is also available.
A variety of gasoline and diesel engines are available in the Delta, all turbocharged and all coupled to six-speed transmission, either manual, robotized or automatic.
Personalization will be a key selling point with the new Lancia, and the Fiat-owned company says there’s more than 1,000 different combinations available. These include three trims, four seat upholsteries, three interior colors, five types of alloy wheels and 12 body colors.--Richard Yarrow