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Source: Autocar

Lancia hints at Stratos-inspired EV for April reveal

March 17th, 2023

Lancia concept The Stratos-inspired concept will be revealed on 15 April Italian car maker to reboot brand with new electric Ypsilon, Delta and as yet unnamed flagship

Storied Italian marque Lancia has teased the launch of a Stratos-inspired electric car that is set to be unveiled on 15 April.

The brand will unveil this and its 10-yearmanifesto at an event dubbed 'Emozione Pu+Ra', translating to 'Emotion Pure and Radical' and serving as the firm's second event previewing its future direction.

An image of the car's rear was teased by Lancia's CEO Luca Napolitano, showing oval-shaped LED taillights reminiscent of the Pura concept shown in November 2022. The firm's new boot-width logo is also showcased.

The brand is due to launch three new electric-only cars by 2028 in its push to become an electric-only brand, with a focus on the European premium market, and has previewed each of their designs with the Pura concept.

It was shown at the Lancia Design Day as a piece of floating art, rather than a physical car and is expected to shape the design of the new Ypsilon. The hatchback, currently only available in Italy, isexpected to be released in 2024 and could be offered with an electric powertrain for the first time since its launch in 1995.

The Pura concept also previews what the rebooted Lancia Deltawill look like and an as yet unnamed flagship.No timeline for the arrival of the other two vehicles has been announced yet.

It marked "a new era" for the brand, Lancia CEO Luca Napolitano said, and shows how the brand will look "for the next 100 years".

The design "vision" reveals a modernisation of the classic Lancia T-shape Calice grille, now created with three LED bars "to express our electric future", said Napolitano. At the rear, circular, hollow tail-lights - as seen on the concept previewed by Napolitano - are joined by thenew Lancia nameplate.

Jean-Pierre Plou, the firm's head of design, saud "It is timeless, durable, unique.Our designs will be built with iconic [and pure] shapes like the circle, square and triangle."

This rear design will be used first on the new Ypsilon andis likely to be based on parent companyStellantis'sSTLA Small electric platform, alsoused by thePeugeot e-208andVauxhall Corsa Electric.

Lancia pura zero concept rear 3

In an interview with Autocar, Napolitano said Lancia will focus on small, compact and flagship modelsthat will be "in line with a tradition that made Lancias recognisable all over the world for their elegance and modernity".

He added that upcoming cars will besold in Italy alongside"four other European countries in the first phase". These are expected to be the UK,France andGermany. The second phase will likely involveexpanding sales Europe-wide.

The company's new era will also see the development of an online sales platform, similar to that offered by sibling brands. This will be accompanied by 100 sales outlets across the continent."We want to make Lancia a respected brand within the European premium market", said Napolitano.

He added: "Today is the beginning of our renaissance that will amaze Lancia fans all over the world. Lancia will once again be a desirable, respectedand reliable brand in the European premium market. Today is the beginning of the new Lancia."

The interior of the next generation of Lancia will be created in partnership with Italian design firm Cassina. It is expected to be revealed next month and will include the latest infotainment technologies, Lancia confirmed.

Lancia logo

The 116-year-old brand, now owned by Stellantis, also revealed a fresh logo, with the marque opting for a three-dimensional look, rather than the flatter design favoured by European car makerssuch as Volkswagen and BMW.