This past weekend, Lancia revealed a concept car that could signal the Fiat entry-luxury brand's return to relevance, at a place where relevance is measured one still shot at a time. It's the Lancia Delta HPE concept, and its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival introduced Hollywood's disinterested glitterati to the chisled shape of Lancias to come. The midsized five-door sedan was inspired by the far less radically designed Lancia Beta HPE (wither, Gamma?) of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The company says the Delta diverts from the basic shapes of old by staking out a styling direction that nods only slightly toward previous Lancias. The concept is designed to be a luxurious long-distance runner with an emphasis on quality of life, providing copious interior room, lots of greenhouse glass and a Windows Mobile computing system that includes USB and Bluetooth connections for phones and MP3 players. Ugly or avant guarde — you make the call.
Let's Do Lancia: Company to Show Delta Concept in Italy [internal]