Lancia’s full merger with Chrysler will be showcased at the Geneva motor show with four new models based on Chrysler’s current range.
The models include the 300C-based Thema, the 200 and 200 convertible-based Flavia and Flavia cabrio and a Lancia version of the Grand Voyager. All four will be on display alongside Lancia’s new Ypsilon supermini and its revised Delta, both of which will be sold in the UK as Chryslers
The Chrysler/Lancia merger instigated by parent firm Fiat is designed to give both manufacturers a full model line-up in Europe. All Chrysler models will be sold as Lancias in Europe with the exception of the UK and Ireland, which will keep the Chrysler brand. The 200 and 200 convertible models will not be sold in the UK, however.
Lancia says the Thema will offer “a genuine alternative” in the executive saloon market when it reaches European showrooms in October. Power will come from Chrysler’s 288bhp 3.6-litre V6 Pentastar unit and 187bhp and 221bhp versions of a Europe-only 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel, which is expected to make up 80 per cent of sales of Lancia’s new flagship.
The Grand Voyager name is retained for Lancia’s badge-engineered version of Chrysler’s seven-seat MPV. It will be offered with a 279bhp version of the V6 Pentastar unit and will replace the unpopular Phedra in Lancia’s line-up.
The Flavia and Flavio cabrio are currently billed as concepts. But Lancia says production could start in just six months' time, despite the likely short production run of the models that are due to be replaced by Chrysler in 2013/14.
The Delta gets a “brand new front grille designed to reflect the new Lancia family feeling”, as well as a revised engine range and trim levels.Read more on the Lancia/Chrysler Ypsilon