Lancia once seemed like a brand on the edge of extinction. With a tradition that in the '80s gave us names like the Delta Integrale that won many rallies, the Lancia was just kept alive by the Ypsilon, and a couple of very unsuccessful models. Now Fiat is insisting on revamping it, and has not only introduced a compact minivan with all the luxury features, the Musa, it has also resurrected the Delta model. So what's the new Delta about? A compact size - about 20 cm less than the Fiat Bravo - that can include all sorts of luxury features such as LED headlights, Alcantara upholstery (a Lancia touch for years), and a glass roof.

Under the hood, Fiat is installing the T-Jet gasoline series in the 1.4-liter versions of 120 and 150 HP, which are good for 6.6 l/100 km (35 mpg U.S.) and 7.0 l /100 km (34 mpg U.S.) with CO2 emission figures of 156 and 165 g/km, respectively. There are also three diesel version, a 1.6-liter 120 HP, a 2.0-liter 165 HP and a 1.9-liter good for 195 HP. Consumption is 4.9, 5.3 and 5.7 l/100 km (48, 44 and 41 mpg U.S.) and CO2 figures of 130, 139 and 149 g/km. All these engines are Euro-V compliant, and will try to keep Lancia alive for a while longer.

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