Lancia Thema (2011)

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Lancia Thema
Lancia Thema
Production period: 09/2011–10/2014
Class : upper middle class
Body versions : limousine
Engines: Otto engine :
3.6 liters (210 kW)
Diesel engines :
3.0 liters
(140–176 kW)
Length: 5066 mm
Width: 1902 mm
Height: 1488 mm
Wheelbase : 3052 mm
Empty weight : 1876-2038 kg
Previous model Lancia Thesis
Stars in the Euro NCAP - Crash Test Crash test star 5.svg
The front section bears the new joint radiator grille from Chrysler and Lancia and the Lancia logo
Rear end

The Lancia Thema presented in March 2011 was an upper middle class four-door sedan. The vehicle was manufactured by the American automobile manufacturer Chrysler and marketed in Europe as Lancia . It is almost identical to the Chrysler 300 of the second series .

It replaced both the previous Chrysler 300 and the Lancia Thesis , which were separate models and were offered side by side , on the continental European market . The market launch took place on November 12, 2011.

In October 2014, production of the theme was discontinued after only three years. The reasons for this are the low sales figures and the withdrawal of the Lancia brand from various European markets.

Model history

After Lancia's parent company Fiat had acquired a total of 20 percent of the shares in Chrysler in June 2009, Fiat's CEO Sergio Marchionne developed a concept to standardize the production lines of both companies. This included the decision to merge the Chrysler and Lancia brands. Since then, both brands have been working together and developing a joint portfolio that takes previous developments into account.

The distribution of the joint vehicles is geographically divided: Chrysler handles sales in the English-speaking countries, including Great Britain and Ireland, while the company's models are sold under the Lancia brand in the remaining countries, especially in Europe.

Since then, Lancia's model range has not only included the small cars developed and built in Italy such as the Ypsilon and Musa as well as the compact Delta car , but also again large sedans and vans contributed by Chrysler. The Lancia Thema is accordingly a European version of the current Chrysler 300, which is no longer offered on the continental European market under this name.

Marchionne's concept of the merger of Lancia and Chrysler has been panned many times in the press. Numerous reports pointed to the very different traditions of the two brands and the equally different social milieus of previous buyers of the two brands, right up to the designation as "pizza with ketchup". The FAZ, on the other hand, describes the topic as an “insider tip for connoisseurs” and praises the “presidential presence and dignified arrogance”.

The Scuderia Ferrari used the diesel version of the theme as a company car, including Fernando Alonso.


When rebadging the appearance is alienated a product to offer it under different brands. Therefore, the Chrysler and Lancia models look very similar. The design of the Lancia Thema follows the tradition of the first generation of the Chrysler 300 produced from 2004 to 2011. Like this, the Thema also has a high belt line with a roof structure that looks comparatively low. The roof structure and the overall proportions of the car essentially correspond to the previous Chrysler 300. The front section with the large radiator grille also takes up the established Chrysler design. The radiator grille bears the Lancia logo, but not the vertical dividing strut that has been common up to now. Instead, as in the USA version, the decorative struts run horizontally. The slightly suggested tail fins drawn towards the rear lights, on the other hand, can be understood as a quote from the Lancia Kappa Coupé or the classic Flaminia Coupé Pininfarina .


The engines of the Lancia Thema differ from those of the Chrysler 300 intended for the North American market. Lancia offers two 3.0 liter diesel engines with 140 kW (190 hp) or 176 kW (239 hp). The diesel engines were designed by VM Motori in Italy. The top-of-the-range engine is a 3.6 liter six-cylinder petrol engine that develops 210 kW (286 hp). The up to 6.4 liter eight-cylinder engines with which vehicles for the North American market are equipped are not available in the Lancia Thema.

In the case of diesel engines, the power is transmitted by a five-speed automatic system, whereas an eight-speed automatic system is used for the Otto engine. The topic with diesel engines is only available with rear-wheel drive, the gasoline engine as rear-wheel and all-wheel drive.


When the model was launched in November 2011, Lancia offered the three equipment levels Gold, Platinum and Executive. The standard equipment of the topic is extensive. It includes leather upholstery, an infotainment system with touchscreen, xenon headlights, a keyless driver authorization system and a reversing camera.

The American sister model has a much simpler standard equipment in the basic versions.

Technical specifications

Technical data Lancia Thema
Subject 3.0 V6 MultiJet 24v Subject 3.0 V6 MultiJet 24v Subject 3.6 V6 Pentastar 24v
Engine: diesel Otto
Motor type: Six-cylinder V-engine, installed lengthways at the front
Displacement: 2987 cc 3604 cm³
Bore × stroke: 83.0 mm × 92 mm 96.0 mm × 83.0 mm
Performance at 1 / min: 140 kW (190 PS) at 4000 176 kW (239 hp) at 4000 210 kW (286 hp) at 6350
Max. Torque at 1 / min: 440 Nm at 1600 550 Nm at 1800 340 Nm at 4650
Compression: 16.5: 1 10.2: 1
Mixture preparation:
Common rail direct injection
sequential multiport injection
Transmission: automatic five-speed transmission automatic eight-speed transmission
Front and rear suspension:  Independent suspension with double wishbones, anti-roll bar
Brakes: internally ventilated disc brakes all around
Track width front / rear: 1623/1640 mm
Wheelbase: 3052 mm
Dimensions: 5066 mm × 1902 mm × 1488 mm
Empty weight: 2038 kg 1876 ​​kg
Top speed: 232 km / h 240 km / h
Acceleration, 0-100 km / h: 10.1 s 7.8 s 7.7 s
Consumption (l / 100 km): 7.1 9.4
Tank volume 72 l

Registration numbers

In the Federal Republic of Germany, only 462 Lancia Thema were newly registered between 2011 and 2014.

Web links

Commons : Lancia Thema  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. The Lancia Thema in the Euro NCAP crash test (2011) (English)
  2. a b Tom Grünweg: Italian fraudulent labeling. Spiegel Online , October 24, 2011.
  3. Wolfgang Peters: Already a modern classic today. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , February 29, 2012.
  4. Fernando Alonso's new company car - a Lancia theme
Timeline of Lancia and Autobianchi models since 1945
Type Lancia, independent until 1969 Purchased by Fiat in 1969, Fiat number range since then
Autobianchi, JV between Bianchi, Fiat and Pirelli from 1967 100% part of the Fiat group abroad as Lancia, in Italy as Autobianchi
1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s
5 6th 7th 8th 9 0 1 2 3 4th 5 6th 7th 8th 9 0 1 2 3 4th 5 6th 7th 8th 9 0 1 2 3 4th 5 6th 7th 8th 9 0 1 2 3 4th 5 6th 7th 8th 9 0 1 2 3 4th 5 6th 7th 8th 9 0 1 2 3 4th 5 6th 7th 8th 9 0 1 2 3 4th 5 6th 7th 8th 9 0
Microcar Bianchina Giardiniera
Small car A112 Y10 (156) Y (840) Ypsilon (843) Ypsilon (846)
Compact class A111 Delta I [2] (831) Delta II (836) Delta III (844)
Middle class Primula Prism (831) Dedra (835) Lybra (839)
... Ardea Appia Fulvia Beta / Trevi (828) Flavia
upper middle class Flavia 2000 Gamma (830) Theme (834 / Y9) Kappa (838) Thesis (841) theme
Coupé / convertible Stellina
Fulvia Coupé / Sport Beta Coupé [1] / Spider / Montecarlo (828)
Aurelia Flaminia Gamma Coupé / GT (830) Kappa Coupé
Sports car Stratos
Minivan Musa (350)
Van Zeta (220) Phedra (179) Voyager

[1] also built by Seat in Spain
[2] also sold as Saab Lancia 600 in Scandinavia

  • Distributed under the “Autobianchi” brand
  • In Italy under the “Autobianchi” brand, abroad as “Lancia”
  • Lancia models, developed together with PSA and also built by SEVEL as Peugeot, Citroën and Fiat
  • Lancia models, from the cooperation with Chrysler , sold as Lancia in Europe