The Lancia Delta is Returning As An EV in 2026
Outside of the Lancia Delta EV, there are also plans for the next-gen Ypsilonby Josh Conturo, on
The Lancia Delta is one of the most infamous hot hatches ever, however, it went away just before Lancia itself faded into irrelevance. Now, Lancia is back, and the Delta is making a return too - as an EV!
What the next Delta could be like
In an interview with an Italian publication, Corriere Della Sera, Luca Napolitano, CEO of Lancia, said,
"Everyone wants Delta and it can't be missing from our plans. It will return and it will be a true Delta: an exciting car, a manifesto of progress and technology. And obviously, it will be electric."
Expect the next Delta, assuming it happens, to ride on a chassis shared with several other cars produced by Stellantis, like the new electric FIAT 500, for example. Possibly the STLA platform may underpin the next Delta, which could allow for up to 400 miles of range. Some versions could have similar power to the Mini Cooper E, which the Delta would almost certainly rival, and others may have upwards of 250 horsepower.
It is not like this is the first time someone has tried to resurrect the Lancia Delta. A couple of years ago Automobili Amos made a modern interpretation of the Delta Integrale with much more power than the stock car and quite a large price tag.
The future of Lancia and the Ypsilon
The most significant news is that all of Lancia’s range will be fully electric by 2026. Napolitano touched on the next generation of Ypsilon supermini, which is set to be released in 2024, followed by an electric crossover in 2026. "Ypsilon is the second best-selling model after the Panda," says Napolitano, "but now is the time to look to the future"
Lancia is planning on branching out to new markets as well. Currently, the Ypsilon is the only car Lancia makes and is only sold in Italy, not to mention it is currently 10 years old. To change all this, they will be focusing on producing small, medium-compact, and flagship models, of which the Delta is included in. All of these segments have brought Lancia success in the past.
The dealer network will be closely woven in with the Alfa Romeo and DS network in Europe and the company will be focusing on selling cars online.
Source: Corriere Della Sera