Lancia Thesis

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Lancia Thesis (2002-2009)
Lancia Thesis (2002-2009)
Production period: 2002-2009
Class : upper middle class
Body versions : limousine
Otto engines : 2.0–3.2 liters
(125–169 kW)
Diesel engines :
2.4 liters
(110–136 kW)
Length: 4888 mm
Width: 1830 mm
Height: 1465 mm
Wheelbase : 2803 mm
Empty weight : 1680-1895 kg
Previous model Lancia Kappa
successor Lancia Thema
Rear view

The Lancia Thesis is a four-door notchback sedan from the Italian car manufacturer Lancia , which was produced from spring 2002 to summer 2009. The German Federal Motor Transport Authority assigns the vehicle to the luxury class .


The thesis was presented in autumn 2001 based on the Lancia Dialogos study from 1998 as the successor to the Lancia Kappa . Production began in March 2002. However, the new registrations of the Thesis in Germany remained behind those of the Kappa over the entire duration. In Germany, the Lancia Thesis is largely unknown.

When sales began in August 2002, the Thesis was available with three petrol engines (2.0 Turbosoft, 2.4 20V and 3.0 V6 24V) and a diesel (2.4 10V JTD). In May 2003, the three-liter V6 petrol engine was replaced by a 3.2-liter unit with 230 hp. At the same time, another diesel engine appeared that had four-valve technology and here (despite the same displacement of 2.4 liters) made 175 hp. In April 2006 this was increased in performance and now had 185 hp and a diesel particulate filter. The six-speed manual transmission was also omitted, which meant that the Thesis could only be ordered with the Comfortronic five-speed automatic transmission .

In September 2007, the range of engines was severely restricted, as only the 2.4 Multijet diesel (185 hp) was available.

The Thesis could still be ordered as a special model Ultima Edizione until June 15, 2009 , after which the production of the large sedan ended.

It was not until November 2011 that a successor with Chrysler technology was brought onto the market with the new Lancia Thema .


The base price for the only Multijet diesel with a displacement of 2.4 liters available in Germany from model year 2008 onwards was € 48,900 for the Emblema equipment. The simpler executive equipment could be ordered in other European markets (e.g. in Austria) .

Standard equipment

The Thesis Emblema has 16-inch Stile Elegante wheels ex works , an automatic 3-zone automatic air conditioning with air distribution system, cruise control , a Bose sound system with six CD changer, a multifunction display (on-board computer, system check, digital clock), bi-xenon headlights , Thermal insulation glazing with darkened rear windows as well as an ESP with brake assist, ASR , MSR , ABS and eight airbags . The interior is clad in leather or Alcantara and has magnesium and wood inlays. The front passenger seat and the sun visor can be adjusted electrically from the rear.

The vehicle could also be equipped with an auxiliary heater and multi-stage heated and ventilated massage seats for all passengers (with the exception of the middle rear seat) for a surcharge. Other special features were the servo-electric opening doors and the servo-electric opening trunk lid.

Special equipment

Special models

Thesis Protecta as a state limousine
Lancia Thesis Centenario Bicolore

The two special models Centenario Elegante and Centenario Sportiva - presented as anniversary editions for the 100th anniversary of the Lancia brand - were only offered with diesel engines. The following special equipment was recently available:

  • Centenario Sportiva :
  • Centenario Elegante :
    • Poltrona Frau nappa leather, natural colors
    • Interior applications made of rosewood
    • Metallic paintwork Rossini gray
    • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Ultima Edizione :
    • Poltrona Frau red or beige nappa leather
    • Metallic paintwork Donatello Black

Armored versions (B4 and B6) were also available: Thesis Protecta

The Lancia Thesis Jubileo was made for the Pope . The car is extended in the area of ​​the rear side doors and has a large sliding roof.


Otto engines :

  • 2.0 l Turbosoft : in-line five-cylinder with 1998 cm³ displacement and 136 kW / 185 PS (03.2002-09.2007)
  • 2.4 l 20V: in-line five-cylinder with 2446 cm² displacement and 125 kW / 170 PS (03.2002-09.2007)
  • 3.0 l V6 24V: V-six cylinder and 158 kW / 215 PS (03.2002-05.2003)
  • 3.2 l V6 24V: V-six-cylinder with 3179 cm³ displacement and 169 kW / 230 PS (05.2003-09.2007)

Common Rail - Diesel engines :

  • 2.4 l 10V JTD: in-line five-cylinder with 2387 cm³ displacement and 110 kW / 150 PS (03.2002–12.2005)
  • 2.4 l 20V Multijet: in-line five-cylinder with 2387 cm³ displacement and 129 kW / 175 PS (05.2003–03.2006)
  • 2.4 l 20V Multijet: inline five-cylinder with 2387 cm³ displacement and 136 kW / 185 hp (04.2006-06.2009)

Gearbox :

Registration numbers

Between 2002 and 2010, 1,630 Lancia Thesis were newly registered in the Federal Republic of Germany. 2003 was the most successful sales year with 530 units.


Long version: Stole S 85
Extended part of the study


Maggiora developed a coupé version of the Thesis on behalf of Lancia, which was presented at the Bologna Motor Show in 2002 as the Granturismo Lancia study and was intended as a successor to the Lancia Kappa Coupé . There was no series production. However, some important stylistic features can be found in the later Lancia Delta.

Stole S85

At the 2004 Geneva Motor Show , the Turin-based coachbuilder Stole presented a version that was 60 centimeters longer than the S85 . The 85 stands for Stola's 85th anniversary in 2004. The 5.488 m long vehicle is painted in two colors in black and dark red and has beige leather, wooden inlays and electrically adjustable rear seats in the interior. The equipment includes a minibar with fridge and a multimedia system with GPS navigation, internet access, fax machine and DVD system. The study, which could also be ordered for around 150,000 euros on request, is powered by the 3.2-l V6 engine from the series sedan, which has an output of 169 kW (230 hp), the 2030 kg car in 9.2 Seconds from 0 to 100 km / h and reached a top speed of 230 km / h.

Web links

Commons : Lancia Thesis  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. Cars without a successor (Fig. 26) on (accessed on August 4, 2010)
  2. Registration figures October 2007 of the Federal Motor Transport Authority, classification in the segment "Upper Class" (p. 6/13) ( Memento of the original from December 12, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF; 140 kB) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. Auto-News online edition of March 16, 2009: " The last chance: The Lancia Thesis" Ultima Edizione " "
  4. Launch of top-of-the-range Lancia Thesis is delayed further . Automotive News Europe. September 24, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  5. Launch of top-of-the-range Lancia Thesis is delayed further . Automotive News Europe. September 24, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  6. Alessandro Lago: Lancia Thesis Protecta. , April 30, 2003 (Italian).
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
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Compact class A111 Delta I [2] (831) Delta II (836) Delta III (844)
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... 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
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[1] also built by Seat in Spain
[2] also sold as Saab Lancia 600 in Scandinavia

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  • In Italy under the “Autobianchi” brand, abroad as “Lancia”
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