As such it features a substantial 'high-tech' content, a trend shown in the Nea concept car.
This is based around the CONNECT system and a 7 inch TFT colour dispay in the dashboard and includes voice recognition, hands-free phone, a navigation system, a stereo, an optional TV and access to the contact centre.
The front suspension is a development of the traditional double-wishbone layout, using five links to control the movement of the wheel, whilst at the rear various arms in aluminium, steel and cast iron also provides a small level of passive rear wheel steering.
The damping features a semi-active system known as 'Skyhook' which significantly improves the ride quality.
On this front the Lancia flagship offers a braking system with outstanding performance while also benefiting from the most sophisticated electronic devices for controlling the car's dynamic behaviour: including ABS complemented by an electronic brakeforce distributor, ESP and the ASR/MSR system.
All versions of the Thesis also come with an electrically-controlled automatic parking brake: the EPB (Electric Parking Brake).Both specifications share four engines (three petrol and one common rail turbodiesel) and two gearboxes (the five-speed self-adaptive sequential automatic transmission is fitted to the 3.0 V6 24v while the 6 speed manual unit is fitted to all the other power units.Plus four different interiors, twelve body colours and a host of options able to satisfy even the most demanding section of customers within this élite market band.Many devices are fitted as standard on all version. For starters, eight airbags including two multistage bags; five three-point seat-belts with pretensioners (except the central rear seat) and load limiters (except the central rear seat), five head-restraints and an FPS (Fire Prevention System).The invisible technology on the Lancia Thesis really comes to the fore when it comes to dynamic safety.The interior was first seen at the Frankfurt show later that year, and sales are expected to start in early 2002.A large (4888mm long) four door luxury saloon, it is aimed to emphasise the brand as the luxury arm of the Fiat Group, a move already started with the Lybra.The five cylinder engines use a six-speed manual gearbox, whilst the V6 gets a five speed automatic unit (with a sequential shift mode).Elegance and technology have always been distinguishing features of any Lancia.For preventive safety, the entire range comes with: bi-xenon headlamps, fog lamps and led tail-lights.And we must not forget the Isofix attachments used to carry the smallest passengers in maximum safety, plus systems to protect the car against theft and break-ins: from a second-generation Lancia CODE to a deadlock.