The Lancia Thesis is an executive car produced by Italian automaker Lancia between 2002 and 2009. It was available with naturally aspirated and turbocharged engines ranging between 2.0 and 3.2 litres, in both straight-5 or V6 configurations.
Its appearance was based on the 1999 Lancia Dialogos prototype. The production car premiered at the Geneva Motorshow in March 2001 and its interior was displayed for first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Sales started in June 2002 in Italy, with export markets following shortly after.
The model is fitted with engines ranging between 2.0 and 3.2 litres which were both naturally aspired and turbocharged. Eve though the car was very well equipped and the trim levels were aimed at a higher market, the car failed to make an impression on people in foreign markets where they had to face the stiff competition of German saloon cars. While the previous luxury sedan, the Kappa, managed to leave its mark on the UK markets, the Thesis didn’t manage to live up to its heritage.
The Thesis is Lancia’s own inimitable interpretation of the big prestige saloon theme. The Lancia Thesis features clean, uncluttered form. The side line starts from the front wing and runs unbroken along the car’s waistline from headlamp to tail-light. It helps reinforce the limousine effect by lengthening the car.
The Lancia Thesis passenger compartment is luxurious, roomy and protective. The top-quality materials include leather, ultra-soft Poltrona Frau leather, Alcantara and wool, an unusual trim material that brings to mind the famous Lancia cloth trim of the past.