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Erstwhile popular sports car, present-day Delta is a C-segment top hatchback that combines years of solidity and exquisite Italian traditions. Indeed, the last-generation model (2008- until now) is differentiated by a surprising streamline styling with no signature of the first vehicles with angular lines. Of course, the ‘filling’ is also unexpected. Let’s review Lancia Delta to unveil more secrets.
The 3rd-gen Lancia Delta is a 5-door hatchback, featuring 4520x1797x1499 mm dimensions. An elongated wheelbase – 2700 mm - added roominess inside the cabin, and that’s probably one of the striking advantages of the car. The model is based on Fiat Bravo platform that boasts an arrow-head nose, a brand-styled grille, muscular flanks, and vertical taillights. The body seems solid-drawn & polished.
Interior layout is estimated for 5 occupants. Therewith, rear passengers won’t feel discomfort under way thanks to plenty of head/leg room. If there is need to get more boot space, it’s possible to move up the backseats frontwards by 20 cm. The dashboard and panels are wrapped in plastic. The seats boast either high-quality cloth or leather upholstery for the top trims. The fascia is peculiar by tridimensional gauges & intuitive controls.
The Delta comes standard with 17-inch wheels, window heating, foglights, airbags, ABS/EPS and other safety features, as well as an advanced audio system with remote control buttons on the steering wheel.
To proceed with Lancia Delta review, it’s vital to mention the choice of powertrains. Hence, starting from the 2008, the hatch is offered with 5 different engines (both petrol & diesel ones). All of them are paired with the front-wheel drive and a 6-speed manual/automatic/robotic transmission.
The series of petrol engines is represented by two 1.4-liter turbocharged items, able to produce 120/150 horsepower. The lineup of diesel motors includes: a) a 1.6-liter Multijet I4 turbocharged engine, rated at 120 horsepower; b) a 1.9-liter I4 twin-turbo engine, rated at 190 horsepower; c) a 2.0-liter I4 turbocharged motor, rated at 165 horsepower.
In order to keep up with the customers’ requirements, Lancia has made several updates of the 2008 model. The most prominent makeover took place in 2013. For the 2014, the hatchback appeared with modified bumpers, side bonnets and twin-pipe exhaust system.
The cabin received more matte trimming with dainty panels & upgraded details. The base Iron trim was equipped with air-conditioner, cloth upholstery, audio system with MP3/CD. The Delta Silver trim boasted a leather-wrapped steering wheel, alcantara seats, dual-zone climate control, Blue & Me system, and privacy glass. The top Delta Gold package included all above-mentioned facilities, but added fine-meshed leather upholstery (black or beige), chrome-plated rearview mirror frames as well as 17-inch wheels.
As far as performance is concerned, the integrated powertrains allow the vehicle to accelerate up to 100 km/h for about 9.8 seconds – an inspiring result for the class.
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