The Lancia Thesis is a comfortable and elegant car, but never became a sales success due to its odd styling. At least that's what Enrico Fumia figures, and as a designer of numerous Lancias and Alfa Romeos, he should know. His solution is the Lancia J, an equally unusual design, though arguably more fluid and elegant than the flagship Thesis sedan that it aims to supersede.

Fumia designed the Lancia J to celebrate the carmaker's landmark centenary. The car features some interesting styling elements, such as rear-hinged "suicide" doors in the back, CLS-style coupe-like styling, and most uniquely, chrome-trimmed front and rear bumpers that curve and dip to form intriguingly elegant lines. The concept was drawn up in a two-tone paintjob, a longstanding staple of Lancia's flagship model.

The Lancia J is still an entirely quirky design, unmistakably Lancia through and through. It just might be the perfect model for the marque's renaissance, and if Lancia decides to build it, this car could become the conveyance of choice for Italian businessmen, politicians and cardinals.

More images after the jump, including concept sketches and a live shot of the scale model.

[Source: Info Motori]