Delta HPE concept car: a synthesis of Lancia values
The focus in the exhibition area is on the Lancia Delta HPE Concept car - inspired by the elegant, sporty, practical car concept embodied by the Lancia Beta HPE in the late Seventies - which proposes an up-to-the-minute interpretation of the sporty, practical saloon (shooting brake).
It is a medium sized car (4.5 metres long, 1.8 metres wide and 1.5 metres tall) which guarantees plenty of room (particularly in the rear) and comfort, excellent access and a versatile, adaptable, capacious luggage compartment, all contained in a slender, sporty shape.
The latest result of a century of experience, this concept car continues the tradition of the ‘great' Lancia medium sized saloons - from the Aprilia to the Appia, the Fulvia, the Lancia Beta HPE, the Prisma, the Dedra and the Lybra – offering innovative solutions that make it the best synthesis of Lancia's values.
First of all, the styling which represents a return to the Lancia tradition of original bodywork solutions: the roof is of the overhanging ‘flying bridge' type, the large rear window has no lower rim, the chromed radiator grille is a modern rewrite of the classic Lancia grille of the Fifties, and a chrome moulding on the side emphasises the vast glazed area and the sleek line of the sides.
The second value represented by the project is the huge amount of space at the disposal of the driver and passengers: the Delta HPE Concept car leads its class in this field wîth a wheelbase of 2700 mm, which translates into an extraordinary amount of room at the rear, where passengers will enjoy comfort worthy of a limousine. The sliding rear seat wîth its reclining squab increases the spacious luggage compartment even further, or the seat can be slid back and inclined completely, for total relaxation in the equivalent of a business class seat on an intercontinental flight.
The third trump card is the quality of life on board, which is at the highest levels in the automotive field; an almost total absence of noise, thanks to the sound-absorbing ceiling, and an extraordinary amount of light which streams through the large sunroof and side windows. Plus the complete relaxation that comes from the sophisticated Bose® Hi-Fi sound system wîth §teering-wheel controls; and the perfect interior temperature provided by the dual-zone automatic climate system. And finally, comfort also means being able to count on a capacious, versatile luggage compartment over 400 litres in size.
In addition to this, the Concept car combines Lancia class and prestige wîth a highly technological environment where entertainment is concerned, wîth an MP3 player and, above all, the innovative Blue&Me® system based on Windows Mobile technology, developed jointly by Fiat Auto and Microsoft, which combines the potential of Bluetooth® technology wîth that of a ÚSB port so that you can listen to your favourite music recorded on your cell phone, on a new smart phone, on an MP3 player or on a ÚSB pen drive.
The fourth feature that all Lancias share is the design of the interior. The brand has always been synonymous wîth typically Italian craftsmanship, which produces the perfect complement to the original, refined exterior styling of its models in the design of the interior. And the new concept car is no exception: created by the Lancia Styling Centre, the passenger compartment is a veritable living-room, where the facia, the door panels and the front and rear seats are the maximum expression of Italian refinement and exclusiveness.
That is not all. The fifth value, which is closely linked to the styling of the interior, regards the quality materials used, not only for their aesthetic appeal but also for the sensory reactions that they produce: from the wood finish to the chromed details, the Alcantara and leather finishing details, and the velour mats.
Finally, the Delta HPE Concept car was designed to take a broad range of petrol and diesel engines, all turbocharged and combined wîth 6-speed gearboxes, manual and robotised, wîth power outputs ranging from 120 bhp to over 200 bhp, combined wîth reliable engineering that has been optimised to enhance comfort and handling, wîth SDC suspension (with electronic damping control) to make driving even more enjoyable.Source - Lancia