The Lancia Delta is scheduled to return in 2028, and Stellantis confirmed in May 2022. Whether the electric compact will also come as a sporty HF Integrale is just as uncertain as to the price and range.
Since 2014, fans of the brand have had to get a new Lancia Delta to wait – in 2028 it should finally be ready. After the people of Turin only kept their heads above water with the small car Ypsilon for years, the newly formed umbrella group Stellantis throws out a lifebelt: in association with the other premium brands DS and Alfa Romeo, a strong dealer and workshop network is to be rolled out.
But first of all, new models are needed, which are to come onto the market predominantly fully electric from 2024 and exclusively from 2028. First a new Ypsilon, then a crossover, and finally the Lancia Delta 2028. Speaking to the Italian daily Corriere Della Serra, brand boss Luca Napolitano said at the end of 2021: “It will return and it will be a real Delta – an exciting car, a manifesto for progress and technology, of course, it’s going to be electric.”
What exactly he means by “real” is still unclear. However, what Lancia fans most want is a tribute to the first generation, manufactured between 1979 and 1994. With it, the brand clinched six World Rally Championship titles in a row and thus achieved iconic status.
Whether the future Lancia Delta 2028 will also start as a sporty version called HF Integrale can only be guessed at so far. Looking at the current technical data of the group brothers, a fully electric version would have 136 hp and a WLTP range of 340 kilometers. A few more years will pass before the start of series production, during which new platforms and technology will be introduced and significantly more impressive performance can also be achieved.
Speaking of the platform: The Delta could share it with its compact group brothers Opel Astra, Peugeot 308, and DS 4. Also in the raffle: the group’s brand new STLA platforms. Various drive concepts with electric motors at the front, rear, or on both axles are conceivable. It’s still a bit too early for a price estimate, however, certain parallels can also be found here, especially with the DS 4, which starts at 30,800 euros with a conventional engine (as of May 2022). In any case, we can look forward to the first official teasers for the Lancia Delta 2028.