advanced technologies for the premium
18 June 2008.
Lancia is determined to get back,
now that its mother company, Fiat, is healthy again
and planning to grow its world sales by another
million units to reach about 3.2 million unit by 2010.
For Lancia alone, growing from last
year's 121,000 units to about 300,000 cars in 2010,
would be a handsome 148% growth. But that's not just
an option. It is believed that to make profit, Lancia
should at least double its sales volume.
parking aid system can measure and
help in manoeuvres.
Although they share most of their
platforms, each of the Fiat, Lancia and Alfa Romeo
brands has its own clear identity in the group. Fiat
is the people car in refreshing Italian colours and
feel, with elegant simplicity. Alfa, the sporty
representative, brings the most nervous Italian sports
character wherever a Ferrari is still a dream. As for
Lancia, it blends a tempting hot character with the
rather unique Italian taste for colours and materials.
A "bourgeoise" interpretation of luxury.
departure warning, or "Driving
Advisor" in the Delta.
To accomplish such growth, Fiat,
which owns Lancia since 1969, has more than wishes for
its luxury brand.
In product terms, the first
significant Lancia offensive will bring back the
famous Delta name this year, on a Fiat Bravo-based
platform, that is, for the upper medium C-segment,
which corresponds to the American Compact
Another new Lancia model is
expected to fit under the Delta (Deltina, or small
Delta), on a Fiat Grande Punto platform, adding
another 50,000 annual units to the 2010 sales target.
new Lancia Delta power units
are all produced by Fiat
Powertrain Technologies. Six
engine choices are available
(3 petrol and 3 diesel. See
pages), with output ranging
from 120 to 200hp, and
six-speed gearboxes (manual or
1.6 Multijet Turbodiesel
- The new 1.6 Multijet, 16
valve engine has a maximum
output of 120hp (88kW, 118bhp)
/ 4000 rpm, with maximum
torque of 300 Nm/1500 rpm.
Acceleration figures give the
0-100 km/h in 10.7 seconds,
with a top speed of 194 km/h.
2.0 Multijet Turbodiesel
- The new 2.0 litre Multijet
is an evolution of the 1.9
Multijet. Power is 163bhp
(121.3 kW, 165hp) / 4000rpm
with maximum torque of 360Nm
at 1750rpm. Fuel consumption
over a combined cycle is 5.3
1.9 Twin Turbo Multijet
- Derived from the 1.9
Multijet, the Twin Turbo
Multijet engine gets two
turbochargers: a compact, low
inertia turbo for lower speeds
(under 1800rpm, and it stops
completely at 3000rpm), and a
larger one to provide a high
power output, gradually from
1800rpm to 3000rpm. Maximum
power is 190hp (139.5kW,
187bhp) / 4000rpm with a
maximum torque of 400 Nm at
2000 rpm. 300 Nm of torque is
available at just 1250 rpm.
1.4 turbojet - A new
1.4 litre 16v turbocharged
Turbo Jet petrol engine is
available in two versions: 110
kW (148bhp, 150hp) at 5500 rpm
with a maximum torque of 206
Nm/ 2250rpm, or 88 kW (118bhp,
120hp) / 5000 rpm with a
maximum torque of 206 Nm at
200hp 1.8 Twin Turbo Jet
- The Lancia Delta range will
be completed by a 200hp 1.8 Di
Turbo Jet engine combined with
an automatic 6-speed
transmission. Petrol injection
is direct with turbocharging
and twin variable valve timing
on both exhaust and intake
new Delta comes with three
gearbox versions (manual,
robotised and automatic), all
M32: manual, 6-speed
for the 120 bhp and 150 bhp
1.4 T- Jet units,
- C530: manual, 6-speed
for the 1.6 Multijet 16v
- M32: robotised,
6-speed for the 1.6 Multijet
16v engine (soon).
two new gearboxes will be
added in the coming months:
- F40: Manual, 6-speed for the
190hp 1.9 Twin Turbo Multijet
and 165hp 2.0 Multijet,
- Aisin: 6-speed, sequential,
automatic for the 200hp Di
Nevertheless, even though the brand
is aiming to larger volume sales, its is determined to
keep the Lancia name rather exclusive. That should
translate into an expected volume of 70,000 Delta per
year, half of them in Italy where prices range from
21,500 to 30,700 euros.
While it depends on its home market
for 80 percent of its worldwide sales, Lancia should
push overseas sales to about 40 percent of its total.
The reputation is guaranteed. Voted
Car of the Year 1980, the Lancia Delta remained in
production from 1979 to 1994, with a total production
of 480,000 cars. On the track, it won no fewer than
six world rally titles between 1987 and 1992. Today,
and compared to the mainstream compact Bravo, the new
Delta belongs to the premium compact models such as
the Golf-based Audi A3, or the BMW 1-Series.
- In size terms, the new Delta sits at the upper edge
of the compact C-segment category, with a 2700mm
wheelbase, 4520mm length and 1797mm width. It can even
be considered within the lower end of the midsize
category (upper medium, D-segment).
Thanks to the sliding rear seat
with reclining backrest (can be tilted to 25°),
luggage capacity can go from 380 to 465 litres, that's
before reaching 760 litres when the rear seats are
touch of the chrome details and
Beyond the premium touch of the
chrome details and mouldings, the elegant materials
and possible combinations, the new Delta brings also
the latest comfort, entertainment, safety and
multimedia technologies. That's what it takes to get
into the premium compact cars category.
- The front end of the new Delta is characterised by
an imposing grille, with a generous lower air intake.
On the side, a high waist line with a trapezoid-shaped
rear pillar provide a natural support for the
(optional) panoramic roof which Lancia calls Granluce.
Tall LED tail-lights further enhance the Delta's
elegant shape. Inside, the new Delta interior offers
high natural luminosity thanks to the wide glass at
the sides and, where fitted, the Granluce sun-roof.
The front area gets soft surfaces trimmed with quality
glass surfaces, especially with the
Another attractive feature is the
central console that seems to float on the underlying
surface. This superimposition is emphasised by an
original white light that emerges from the console and
illuminates the 3-D look keys.
- All versions of the new Delta get 6 standard airbags
(front, window-bag and side bags) as well as
three-point seat belts with pretensioners and load
limiters. Active safety equipment includes ABS with
EBD, ESP and ‘active electronics steering’.
The new Delta offers what Lancia
calls the ‘Absolute Handling System’, a
development of the ESP (Electronic Stability Program),
which includes several functions like the Hill Holder
system to help drivers on hill starts, ASR (Anti Slip
Regulation) to optimise traction at any speed with the
aid of the brakes and engine control, and the MSR
system that can send additional torque to the driven
wheels if sudden down-shifting is likely to lead to
Steering Torque allows automatic
Other functions of the system
include the LTF (Linearization Torque Feedback) and
TTC (Torque Transfer Control), both combined with DST
(Drive Steering Torque), an active electronic steering
system that makes corrections automatically and also
controls oversteer over surfaces with low grip.
Steering Torque - The Drive Steering
Torque (DST) is meant to improve safety and dynamic
performance. Under all driving conditions, the
electronic steering system suggests the correct
manoeuvres to allow optimal road holding and
stability, through continuous interaction between the
electric power steering (which generate torque at the
steering wheel) and ESP. When driving over surfaces
with different levels of grip, the DST system allows
automatic countersteering to prevent the vehicle from
spinning, and also to pull up within the shortest
possible space. Hence, the Italian automaker says that
the braking distance is reduced by up to 10%.
premium feel from materials and design.
Torque Feedback - The Linearization
Torque Feedback (LTF) function is to react to higher
lateral acceleration (from 0. 6 g) in sporty driving,
by increasing resistant torque at the steering wheel
to improve confidence and control on corners,
particularly at high speed.
Torque Transfer Control system -
The new Torque Transfer Control system (TTC) acts like
a limited slip differential. When accelerating on a
bend for example, the front braking system acts on the
inner wheel to increase traction on the outer wheel
(bearing the highest load) and thus distributing
torque continuously between the front drive wheels
according to driving and road surface conditions.
- The suspension comes with MacPherson struts, a
mechanical beam and wishbones at the front, and a
torsion beam with anti-roll bar configuration at the
seats can be slided to enlarge the
boot or the legroom.
Produced in conjunction with
Magneti Marelli, the new Delta offers the
"Reactive Suspension System" which can
reduce vehicle body fluctuations by means of real-time
electronic control of the shock absorbers. Specific
sensors "read" the driving style and road
surface conditions to enable the most appropriate
damping characteristics. The electronic control unit
and the instantaneous response of the solenoids help
reduce disturbances on irregular road surfaces, while
allowing better dynamic control in sporty driving.
The system also reduces the car's
braking distance by approximately 5%, thanks to the
enhanced contact between wheel and ground.
and elegant driving instruments and
Advisor - The ‘Driving Advisor’
system, known also as Lane Departure Warning in other
brands, alerts the driver when he / she inadvertently
moves too close to the edge of the lane, at speeds
between 65 and 135 Km/h. It notifies the driver by
sending torque to the steering wheel (4 Nm on a
continuous strip, 2 Nm on a discontinuous line). The
system uses a TV camera with image-processing software
that reads the geometry of the road in front of the
vehicle (up to 20 metres in front of the car). The
device recognizes the lines, while a processing
control unit extrapolates the vehicle’s trajectory.
A control unit defines the alert to
be sent through the steering system. A sensation of
stiffness slightly opposing the car’s crossing of
the lane edge is then transmitted in the form of a
torque perceptible at the steering wheel.
manual, robotised or automatic
Another important element is the
electric steering system, with its activation motor
and steering wheel torque and angle sensors: this
device implements the torque generated at the steering
wheel. It helps prevent the car from crossing the side
lines and provides an indication of the steering
action to be carried out to correct the drive
trajectory. The driver maintains full control of
driving and is always able to oppose the torque on the
- On the multimedia side, the new Delta can be ordered
with “Blue&Me” (available in different
versions), the fruit of a joint venture between Fiat
Group Automobiles and Microsoft. Basically, the device
allows the user to make/receive telephone calls and to
listen to music safely while driving. Thanks to its
Bluetooth technology, it can communicate with the
outside world through mobile phones or handheld
LED and halogen or xenon bulbs with
One of the Blue&Me advantages
is its ability to be updated with modular features. It
can be adapted to many mobile phones, music players or
other personal services, keep pace with market
innovations and maintain integration with the car.
The integration of voice control
with keys on the steering wheel as well as information
display on the instrument panel enable the use of a
Bluetooth mobile phone even if it is in a pocket or
handbag, without taking the hands off the steering
wheel. Lancia says that the advanced voice recognition
allows immediate interactivity without any voice
learning stage, as well as reading out incoming texts.
tail lights with greater brightness
than conventional bulbs.
On the new Delta, the Blue&Me
adds new flexible functions. By connecting the digital
device to the USB port, it is possible to listen to
digital music in MP3, WMA and WAV format. It displays
the music tracks information on the radio display
(they were previously available on the control panel).
Nav - The Blue&Me Nav system adds a
navigation kit consisting of a USB drive containing
the stored maps and a backup CD that may be used to
transfer maps to MP3 players. The Nav key has a direct
connection to the navigation menu, which is also
accessible through the steering wheel controls or
Like the other information,
navigation details are also available on the vehicle
control panel. Blue&Me Nav allows users to
navigate and listen to music while still remaining
connected to the mobile phone.
Nav: a 6.5 inch colour screen in 16:9
The Delta is the first of the Fiat
Group models to offer on-line services developed with
Telecom Italia and available on the Blue&Me Nav
system (SOS Emergency, Info Service, Drive Me and
on-line Insurance Services) that may be activated by
the customer. The SOS emergency service will be free
of charge during the car warranty period. ‘Info
Service and Drive Me’ help to obtain assistance and
up to date information on events, traffic conditions,
restaurants, cinemas, night spots, etc... in Italy,
France, Great Britain, Germany and Spain, from an
operator who will answer questions or send the
coordinates of the chosen destination to the
Nav - The next optional step up comes
with the ‘Instant Nav’ which includes a map
satellite navigation system, a dual tuner, a radio set
and a CD / MP3 player in a single device built into
the dashboard. Being compatible with Blue&Me,
Media player functions can also be provided by
connecting pen drives, iPods etc. to the USB port and
Bluetooth handsfree sets for a personal mobile phone.
Produced by Magneti Marelli,
Instant Nav is positioned in the centre of the
dashboard and is equipped with a 6.5 inch colour
screen in 16:9 format. Route calculation algorithms
have been optimised by storing the map database on the
faster SD (Secure Digital) memory cards.
If ‘Instant Nav’ is ordered
with Blue&Me, the user can display details of an
incoming or outgoing call (including text messages) in
addition to the telephone number and name associated
with the number in the address book, plus the
reference details of the telephone currently connected
via Bluetooth, thanks to the operational integration.
aid system - The new Delta comes with a
parking aid system that measures the length of a free
space to indicate if it is large enough to park. The
driver retains full control over the entire operation
by means of the pedals and can deactivate the system
by operating the steering wheel or disengaging reverse
or alternatively by pressing the dedicated button.
380 to 465 litres, or 760 litres with
folded rear seats.
A radar inside the right front
bumper, sends a beam into the space to the right. The
echoes are picked up by a sensor, which reconstructs a
map of the area between the parked cars, ‘sees' free
spaces and identifies any other obstacles. The system
calculates the length of the free areas from the
information obtained about the speed of the wheels.
When the measured length is
compatible with the size of the vehicle (the space
must be at least 5.30 metres), an acoustic signal
indicates it and a display shows whether the parking
manoeuvre may be carried out in one or more stages.
If the driver engages reverse, the
system can handle the parking manoeuvre of the vehicle
by means of the electric steering system, allowing the
driver to take his /her hands off the steering wheel
and to use only the accelerator and brake pedals.
During this stage, the maximum permitted speed is 7
km/h and all the driver needs to do to stop the system
working is to resume control of the steering wheel.
clusters - The headlights and tail
lights are fitted with light emitting diodes (LED)
with greater brightness than conventional bulbs.
The headlights offer a daytime
light function (Adaptive Daytime LED) that
automatically turns on the sidelights when the car is
started up. They are available in two versions:
halogen (base) or xenon bulbs with ‘Adaptive Xenon
Light’ function. In the latter version, the low/high
light beam is produced by an electronic control system
with automatic vertical correction to prevent glare,
and horizontal rotation when cornering (Adaptive Xenon
Light), by up to a maximum of 15° on each side,
following the steering wheel movement.
The front fog lights are also
equipped with an additional ‘fog-cornering’
function. For better visibility, the light parabola is
extended up to 70°, particularly on bends where the
fog light located in the direction of the corner turns
on automatically at low speeds after exceeding a given
steering angle, activated by the vehicle electronic