Geneva 2011: Lancia Thema [Live Photos]
The flagship model promises to blend American size, comfort and road presence with luxury interiors and Italian design. When it hits the European market in October, it will be powered by a 3.6-liter engine developing 292 horsepower and two variations of the 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel unit developed by the Italians, with power of 190 or 224 horsepower. The diesel-burner is Euro 5 compliant and comes mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
In the case of the 3.6-liter Pentastar, it sends its power to the rear wheels via a 8-speed automatic transmission. Lancia has stated this version of the Thema is capable of a top speed of 230 km/h (143 mph) and it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.2 seconds.
When it arrives on the market, the saloon will come in two trim levels - Gold and Platinum. The car on display here is in the Platinum configuration and features 22-inch rims from Lineaccessori Lancia, a panoramic electric sunroof, 8.4-inch display with navigation and touchscreen, Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Warning and Parkview Rear Back-Up Camera.
"The first global flagship that combines the best of two worlds, the new rear-drive vehicle was created based on the Chrysler 300 and is ready, like the first Thema back in 1984, to take on the toughest, but also the most prestigious segment, striving to offer, at long last, a genuine alternative," the Italian carmaker describes the Thema.
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