From Lancia press: Presented at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2008, Lancia Delta is the Brand's milestone model which heralded a new concept, bringing the attributes of a flagship to segment C. Sure enough, its 4.5 metres pack in all the luxury and interior space of a higher category: the seats recline into chaise-longues, the upholstery reveals quality textures and passengers are cocooned by an almost magical comfort and silence on every journey. So, Delta is the compact flagship that fulfils the modern requirements of mobility and prestige thanks to the concept of “downsizing”, i.e. ensuring performance and luxury of a superior level at reduced cost, size and fuel consumption levels. It is in this context that the range unveils the latest innovations: a brand-new grille designed to reflect the new Lancia family feeling, plus new proposals in terms of trim level and engine versions (including the new 105 HP Euro 5-compliant 1.6 MultiJet engine).
Lancia new Delta expresses its core values through its engines and engineering too. First and foremost, the “temperament” of its petrol and diesel engines, which offer outstanding technological innovation and performance, as well as being Euro 5-compliant. All are supercharged and combined with 6-speed gearboxes (manual, robotised or automatic), and there are 7 to choose from in the new range: petrol, 120 HP 1.4 Turbo Jet (also dual fuel petrol/LPG), 140 HP 1.4 MultiAir and the 200 HP 1.8 Di Turbo Jet in conjunction with the Sportronic 6-speed automatic gearbox; diesel, the brand new 105 HP 1.6 MultiJet and the tried-and-tested 120 HP 1.6 MultiJet (also with Selectronic robotised gearbox), 165 HP 2.0 MultiJet and the mighty 190 HP 1.9 Twin Turbo MultiJet.
One engine that deserves a closer look is the new Euro 5-compliant 105 HP 1.6 MultiJet which perfectly combines the best features of MultiJet turbodiesel engines with the tax breaks and other advantages deriving from the “downsizing” design philosophy. It is therefore the ideal solution for those seeking an effective compromise between respect for the environment and low running costs, without sacrificing power and flexibility, for real driving satisfaction.
In particular, like the 120 HP version, the 105 HP 1.6 MultiJet offers exceptional torque delivery in absolute terms, which is all the more impressive when one considers the cylinder capacity: a torque of 300 Nm makes this engine a performance leader amongst power units with capacities less than or equal to 1.8 litres. If we take into account that the maximum torque is delivered at just 1500 rpm, we are able to immediately appreciate the extent to which the 1.6 MultiJet represents a revolution compared to present-day diesel engines: no other engine, however recent, can offer such a high torque delivery at such a low rpm. To sum things up, the new 1.6 MultiJet offers exhilarating driveability that is hard to match. This is proven by the acceleration (from 0 to 100 km/h in just 10.7 seconds) and the top speed (186 km/h). All these technological solutions put together enable the engine to achieve Euro 5-compliance, with CO2 emissions of 120 g/km in the combined cycle (in compliance with standards of individual European countries).
The 105 HP 1.6 MultiJet engine is combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox which, especially at motorway or main road speeds, ensures a lower engine speed with the added twofold advantage of less noise in the passenger compartment and a reduction in “real” consumption.