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Turin – Earlier this year, newly formed auto giant Stellantis announced that it plans to breathe new life into its Lancia and Alfa Romeo brands, among its comprehensive plans for all of its 14 brands, which also include Peugeot. and Opel.
That plan began to gain traction in June, when the company announced that its chief design officer, Jean-Pierre Ploué, would personally oversee Lancia’s design revival and help restore the brand to its former glory.
And now it looks like some iconic nameplates are set for a comeback, starting with the Delta.
Newly appointed Lancia CEO Luca Napolitano told an Italian publication Corriere Della Sera that a new Delta is in preparation and that it will be electric. But it won’t just be a somewhat boring reboot like the 2009 Delta, which has since been discontinued. Napolitano promises that the new one will be exciting and innovative.
“Everyone wants Delta and that cannot be missing from our plans,” said the CEO. “It will come back and it will be a true Delta: an exciting car, a manifesto of progress and technology. And obviously, it will be electric.
However, Lancia’s revival will begin first with a next-generation Ypsilon in 2024, the current version of which is the only car the Italian marque currently produces.
Lancia doesn’t say exactly when the new Delta will arrive, but 2026 looks like a good bet given that the company plans to launch an all-electric product line from this year.
The original Lancia Delta made a name for itself in the 1980s and early 1990s as a successful four-wheel drive rally car, winning six Manufacturers’ Championships, and the Road Integrale became a trap. highly prized, which resulted in the 157kW Evoluzione II.
But the success of the Delta as an electric car remains to be seen.