2011 Geneva Motor Show Preview: 2012 Lancia Thema is an Italian Chrysler 300

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 14, 2011

Fiat unveiled today ahead of the 2011 Geneva Motor Show the 2012 Lancia Thema, a rebadged version of the recently introduced 2011 Chrysler 300. The flagship sedan from the Italian manufacturer promises to offer Poltrona Frau leather interiors as well as the attention to detail that all express the best of Italian design.

Under the hood, the 2012 Thema will be available with a choice of two engines: a 3.0-liter V6 Italian turbodiesel engine (with 1290 hp and 220 hp versions) and a 3.6-liter V6 engine delivering 292 hp (more than likey, the most popular will be the models powered by the fuel-efficient turbodiesel engine).

According to Lancia, the 2011 Geneva Motor Show will see two examples of the 2012 Thema, both powered by the 3.6-liter petrol engine and featuring the Platinum trim level.

The cars will feature 22" rims from Lineaccessori Lancia and a panoramic electric sunroof, but also over 70 specific features, including a built-in 8.4 inch radio navigator with UConnect touchscreen system, Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Warning and Parkview Rear Back-Up Camera.

Exterior Design

The new Lancia Thema has an array of clean yet refined lines resulting from the merger between the sculpted shape of the bonnet and the band and front wings. Distinct lines on the bonnet come together to the front wings while its slightly sculpted center toothing offers evidence of the brand’s attention to detail.

Additionally, this vehicle boasts of marked kick plates and clean-styled body side characterized by an exposed flared line that underscores its silhouette as well as the roominess of the cabin. It also boasts of marked wing lines -- raised in relation to the bonnet and tailgate surfaces – that links the front and rear of the Lancia Thema.

The Thema is also endowed with slim pillars for outstanding visibility as well as a windscreen with a pronounced angle that ensures positive aerodynamics. This vehicle also features a high waistline that bares the classic proportions of its body shell as well as smaller pillars and a fixed side window on the rear doors that enhance external visibility. Moreover, its doors feature a convex structure and benefit from chrome-plated moldings.

These doors boast of tightly fitted triple seals, which help guarantee a quiet interior. Thema occupants would surely appreciate the largest-in-its-class two-panel panoramic sunroof that allows natural light to penetrate the interior both on the front and the rear.

This sunroof also offers an external view double that of a typical sunroof. The Lancia Thema’s chrome-plated mirrors were designed to guarantee superb aerodynamic performance, especially with the addition of a self-darkening rear view mirror on both driver's and passenger side as well as the Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) visual indicator and the Rear Cross Path (RCP) system. These mirrors are also fitted with a LED direction indicator that emits light along the vehicle profile to ensure a higher level of safety.

The subtle yet pronounced lines of the vehicle’s shoulder refer to the front and rear wheel arch shape. At the rear, the Lancia Thema comes with a tailgate featuring a built-in spoiler below of which sits the centrally mounted Lancia. The rear is marked by two LED tail lights linked by a chrome-plated fascia.

Furthermore, the Thema's rear band -- crossed by the vertical tail light clusters – features a chrome support connecting the elements of the rear lights. Completing the rear appearance of the Theme are oval twin tailpipes that seamlessly blends in with all other features of the vehicle to underline not only its elegant styling but also to indicate its on-road performance. The new Lancia Theme rides on 20-inch aluminum wheels that make it more "flattened" to the ground.

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