2011 Geneva Motor Show Preview: 2011 Lancia Delta Facelift

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 14, 2011

Lancia has released several photos and details for the newest models that will be introduced at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show next month. Several models originate from the Italian carmaker, while others are the products of both Chrysler and Lancia. The facelifted version of the Delta hatchback will be displayed at the show.

The compact range flagship was originally launched in 2008 at the Geneva show and for the upcoming show, it will feature several exterior modifications, such as a brand-new grille meant to reflect the new "Lancia family feeling", as well as new proposals for trim levels and engine versions.

The front end has a very dynamic appearance due to the generous lower air intake, beefy grille and LED daytime lights and taillights. Another vehicle that’s expected to be a crowd favorite is the Delta that is powered by a recently-introduced Euro 5-compliant 1.6-liter MultiJet engine, which generates 105 hp. It will sport the two-tone paintjob that consists of “White Zenith” bodywork with a “Black Lava” roof.

The showcar’s interior will get leather and beige Alcantara, dual zone automatic climate control, cruise control, the Blue&Me system and burnished 17" alloy wheels.

For the first time ever, the new Lancia Ypsilon supermini will be seen as a 5-door version at the Geneva show. Visitors will also finally get to see the Chrysler 200-based Flavia and the re-badged 300, known as the Thema.

The latest Delta model is designed to independently run on petrol or LPG. At first, the engine is started on petrol then after approximately 40 seconds, it automatically switches to LPG. Certainly, the driver can change from one fuel to the other while driving.

This can be done by pushing a particular button in the dashboard. However, when the driver realizes that there is no more LPG in the cylinder, it automatically switches to petrol operation to guarantee a smooth drive.

It has an impressive overall range of 1413 km. Finally, it should be emphasized that LPG fuel is a lot cheaper than diesel, petrol or methane since its price per liter is 50% lower than unleaded petrol. The Delta Turbo LPG tank can be filled with only 37 euros, which is the average price in Italy.

In addition, the distribution network is prevalent all through Europe, with beyond 10,000 points of sale. The ring-shaped toroid type of LPG cylinder has a capacity of 52 liters and is found in the spare wheel housing so it does not occupy room in the luggage compartment (it has a fitted inflation kit).

In comparison with market-after conversion, a car that has a factory-fitted system comes with several advantages. For instance, using specific materials and components plus applying a dedicated technology let the customer benefit from a Lancia contractual warranty.

Since chassis modifications are directly done in the factory, the car can lay claim to the highest standards of safety and comfort as a result of the several, severe tests that the different system components go through.

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