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TURIN — Lancia plans to launch up to 3 new styles in the next five decades, as Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares seeks to give the storied Italian model a likelihood for lengthy-phrase survival as a result of a concentrate on design and style, electrification and an enlargement further than its sole existing marketplace, Italy, exactly where it has been lowered to a single product considering the fact that 2017.

Early this calendar year, Tavares quietly entrusted his longtime main structure lieutenant, Jean-Pierre Ploue, with the important job of quickly planning a new range of Lancia models.

According to individuals involved on these assignments but not approved to discuss publicly, Ploue has been assigned to style a compact motor vehicle, a compact crossover and a compact hatchback.

Work has presently begun on the new Lancia designs. 

Ploue, who was named just one of two world wide main style officers at the 14-model Stellantis group in January, makes frequent excursions to the previous Fiat Chrysler Vehicles styling center in Turin, in which he also supervises the structure of Abarth, Alfa Romeo and Fiat. He was formally offered obligation for Lancia design on June 15.   

The compact motor vehicle, which would switch Lancia’s only current model, the Ypsilon, will look initial, in mid-2024, and will be the first complete-electric providing in the company’s 115-12 months heritage. There will also be a gasoline variant.

The 2nd model, a compact crossover, is set to surface in the first quarter of 2026 and will have only battery ability.

When the compact hatchback and the compact crossover jobs had been formally permitted for development in mid-Might, the compact hatchback has not yet gained official approval, in accordance to persons concerned in the assignments. Lancia is continue to assessing if there will be ample volumes for a hatchback that would access the current market by late 2027.

A Stellantis spokesman declined to comment.