• The Lancia Delta Name Returns, But Don’t Get Excited Quite Yet

  • After many years and a couple of tribute builds, the Lancia Delta will finally be revived Lancia CEO, Luca Napolitani himself confirmed that a new Lancia Delta will arrive in 2026. However, it will probably be an EV
  • The original Lancia Delta was one of the most successful rally cars It won WRC 6 times, between 1987 and 1992. It also had 46 race wins during its WRC carreer. It's also considered, by some, to be the ultimate hot hatchback
  • The concept of performance EV cars is not that unusual, as other manufacturers are already doing it Alpine is already working on an EV version fo the A110 and Renault 5 - another French hatchback from the past - is also getting a reboot in the form of a hot EV hatchback
  • Lancia, itself, does not have an EV platform This means that, if it really comes as an EV, it will probably use an existing platform from Stellantis. Given the size of the car, it is most likely that the next-generation Delta will use the EV architecture from Peugeot or Citroen
  • At this point, we don't even know if it's going to be a hatchback While Luca Napolitani's statement seemed like an answer to enthusiast's prayers, nothing about the car is yet confirmed. Hopefully, the Delta will nto sufer the same fate as the Mitsubishi Eclipse, by becoming a crossover
  • A full lineup is not out of the question There might be a base version, performance version, and an EV, similar to what other manufacturers under the Stellantis banner are doing. A high-performance version could rely on a 2.0-liter turbo-four, from Alfa Romeo
  • The 2008-2014 reboot proved that the Lancia Delta needs to return to racing The second-generation Lancia Delta was never as successful as the original car. It would be wise if the return of the Delta is accompanied with the brand's return to rallying
  • Swipe up to learn more about the upcoming Lancia Delta If there is a car that can put Lancia back on the automoive map, it's the Delta. Do you think the new Delta would make sense as an EV, or should they stick to the a turbocharged, AWD format?

The Lancia Delta is getting revived for 2026, but It might not be what you are expecting

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Most of you will probably agree that “they don’t make them like they used to” when it comes to cars. Granted, the performance of modern cars is much more accessible compared to, let’s say, something from the 1980s, but there’s a reason most poster cars are from a few decades ago. One such car is the rally-dominating Lancia Delta and although there have been modern recreations like the Delta Futurista, it hasn’t had a proper successor…until now.

The Lancia Delta Name Returns, But Don't Get Excited Quite Yet
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Luca Napolitano – Lancia’s new CEO – recently gave an interview confirming that, after what, for us, felt like a very long time, the Lancia Delta is finally getting a much-deserved resurrection. "Everyone wants the Delta and it cannot 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 of course, it will be electric." This last part has us a bit worried, since most of the hardcore Delta fans would want what they call a “proper successor” and not some “buzzing toaster on wheels”.

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Details at this point are very limited and many things will change by 2026. Although Lancia CEO, Luca Napolitano said it will “of course, be electric”, the final decision is yet to be made. At the moment, we don’t even know what body type the new Lancia Delta will be. Hopefully, Stellantis management will have more common sense and not turn the Delta into a hideous crossover, like what Mitsubishi did with the Eclipse.

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That said, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the new Delta ends up being an EV since manufacturers are slowly bringing back old models as EVs. Take a look at what Alpine is doing with the upcoming Alpine A110 and the Renault 5’s retro-inspired successor, both of which are going to be EVs. Whatever the result, it is definitely going to be a step up from the mildly-mannered reboot of the Delta, made between 2008 and 2014 and it will most definitely be better than that hideous turd called the Ypsilon.

Source: DriveTribe

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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