The new 2012 Chrysler Delta – based on the Lancia Delta – is about to hit UK showrooms but will not be sold in Australia. As part of Fiat and Chrysler’s plans to expand Chrysler brand awareness in Europe, all Lancia models will be marketed as Chrysler vehicles in the UK.
Chrysler Australia’s Dean Bonthorne said the local distributor looked “very closely” at introducing the Delta to the Australian lineup, but said unfortunately it had not been able to establish a viable business case for the model, at least for now. He said Chrysler Australia, which also manages Dodge and Jeep, was continuing to look at other compact vehicles to introduce to local showrooms.
Very little is changed from the Lancia Delta model, only some new trimming details and bits and pieces in the front end design. Badges will be the main focus, literally switching Lancia items for Chrysler-branded ones.
Engine options will include two 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engines: a T-Jet unit producing 88kW and 206Nm of torque, and an M-Air unit with 103kW and 230Nm of torque.
Two diesels will also be available: an M-Jet 1.6-litre turbo-diesel unit producing 88kW of power and 300Nm of torque, and a sportier M-Jet 2.0-litre turbo-diesel unit capable of producing 121kW and 360Nm.
Sales of the Italian-designed extended hatch are expected to take place in the very near future. What do you think of it? Do you think it would be successful in Australia?