Lancia CEO Luca Napolitano in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra made a loud, albeit quite expected statement: in a few years, the iconic Delta will return to the brand’s lineup. They promise to make the novelty emotional and technological, to match the ancestor, but purists may be disappointed by the fact that, following modern trends, the revived Delta will run on electricity.
The Renaissance begins for Lancia, which has moved under the wing of Stellantis, Napolitano said. Following the new positioning strategy, the brand will move towards premium and will benefit from synergies with Alfa Romeo and DS Automobiles, since all three brands in the group’s large portfolio are combined into one market segment. Perhaps the result of this cooperation will be the new Delta, which will be released in 2026.
“Everyone wants Delta, so we can’t get it out of our plans,” says Luca Napolitano. – She will return – and it will be the true Delta: an emotional car, a manifesto of progress and technology. With an electric power plant, of course. ” According to rumors, the electric car will be based on the STLA Medium platform, which implies a battery with a capacity of 87-104 kilowatt-hours, a power reserve of up to 700 kilometers and an engine power of 125-180 kilowatts (170-245 horsepower).
It turns out that in terms of output, the electric Delta will overtake both the Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione II (215 horsepower and 314 Nm of torque) and the Evoluzione III prototype (title photo), built in a single copy (240 forces and 320 Nm of torque). But in the meantime, it will barely reach the Futurista restomod. This fabulously expensive hatchback is powered by a two-liter turbo engine that develops 330 horsepower.