Lancia’s new flagship model was unveiled this week at the Geneva Motor Show. Dubbed Thema, the model is nothing more than a rebadged Chrysler 300 – not a very good way to start the company’s rebirth in my opinion. The only real differences between the two models are the LED-infused headlights along with the prominent grille and a chrome-plated dual exhaust system.
As far as the cabin is concerned, chrome accents were used, Sapphire Blue ambient lightning and an Uconnect Touch infotainment system that has a huge 8.4-inch display. Optional features include a wood trim, a premium audio system, heated Nappa leather seats, GPS navigation system and a Poltrona Frau leather-wrapped dashboard.
The Lancia Thema is offered with a wide array of safety gadgets, like the Blind Spot Detection system, Adaptive Cruise Control, Cross Path Detection and a rear view camera,
Under the bonnet, two power units will be available. The first one is a V6 3.0-liter diesel unit that can output either 190 hp (193 PS / 142 kW) or 224 hp (227 PS / 167 kW) and 406 lb.-ft (550 Nm) of torque. The other engine is a more powerful petrol plant borrowed from Chrysler, a Pentastar V6 3.6-liter that cranks out 292 hp (296 PS / 218 kW) and 260 lb.-ft (353 Nm) of torque. This engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox that allows the Thema to do the 0-60 mph sprint in 7.2 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 143 mph (230 km/h).
The car will be hitting the dealerships in October, but my guess is that it will be a huge flop.