Following six years of no updates or revisions for the Delta hatchback, Fiat’s troubled Lancia luxury division has officially revealed the 2014 Lancia Delta which features several new exterior and interior updates that aim to keep the Delta fresh and competitive while also reversing the recent skid in sales that Lancia has experienced the past few years.
The exterior styling of the Delta retains much of the 2013 model’s basic layout and styling theme, but a minor facelift adds new headlamps that are more aggressive and feature LED daytime running lamps while a new front bumper brings some much needed aggression to the Deltas front fascia. The rear fascia continues the minor plastic surgery and features redesigned tail lamps, dual chrome plated exhaust tips, and a reworked rear bumper. Side skirts are standard on all models, and buyers can choose from 12 different exterior colors (five of them two tone colors) and five different designs for the alloy wheels which are available in either 16 or 18-inch sizes.
The interior of the 2014 Delta is largely unchanged (which is fine with us), but new trim for the dashboard and center console adds to the upscale ambiance while two new interior colors aim to appeal to various customer tastes. Many trim levels feature Bluetooth as standard equipment while buyers can equip their Delta with the optional infotainment system which features a 7 inch touchscreen for accessing the systems various functions
Performance for the 2014 Delta comes from a trio of four cylinder engines which offer buyers a balanced mix of spirited fun and efficiency. Fiat’s familiar 1.6 liter MultiJet engine makes up the first two choices with buyers choosing from either a 105 horsepower unit, or a slightly reworked version which is capable of 120 horsepower and allow the Delta to make the sprint to 62mph in 9.8 seconds when paired with the six speed manual transmission before reaching a modest top speed of 121 mph. Buyers looking for more fuel efficiency can opt for the thrifty 1.4 liter Turbojet engine which burns Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) to reduce emissions, but this has no effect in overall performance with the tweaked engine still capable of matching its petrol powered siblings 120 horsepower which is a commendable achievement for an LPG powered engine.
Look for the 2014 Lancia Delta to officially go on sale in January with pricing starting at €22,950 ($31,600) which is not that much of an increase when compared to the 2013 model and should help it stand out from rivals such as the Audi A3, Hyundai i30, and the Volkswagen Golf. While the Delta itself will not be enough to reverse Lancia’s fortunes, models such as the Thema and the Ypsilon could play a crucial role in righting the sales ship for the brand and perhaps pave the way for a revitalized Delta in the near future.