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Fiat: Lancia Lybra

Lancia Lybra: Lancia's new medium segment car

Lybra is the name of Lancia's new medium segment car that will go on sale in September 1999. The form and sound of its name suggest a Greek classical quality, while also conveying an image of a stylish, high-tech performance car designed for the sophisticated customer of today.

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The new Lancia model reinterprets traditional values while accommodating a new design philosophy centred on Man and Man's wellbeing inside the car.

The Lancia Lybra is to be built in the Rivalta plant near Turin and will be available from the launch in both saloon and station wagon versions. The car is 4.46 metres long and 1.74 metres wide. Its style is well-proportioned and highly individual while its flowing, harmonious, classic yet modern lines make it a worthy successor to legendary Lancia cars of the past.

Lancia Lybra 1.9 jtd  LX

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The Lancia Lybra is a prestige car that has learnt the lessons of the past, yet has its sights firmly set on the future. It comes as no surprise to learn that this is the first Lancia car to incorporate some of the features seen for the first time on the Dialogos concept car that embodied Lancia's plans for the third millennium.

The biodynamic future of élite cars has already arrived in the Lybra's roomy, noiseless, user-friendly passenger compartment: the cream Lancia of today's technology harnessed to ensure comfort and quality of life on board.

All the visual, acoustic and climate conditions convey a sensation of pleasure and relaxation. Uniquely for a segment D car, the Lancia Lybra is fitted with a dual zone climate control system with automatic recirculation controlled by a pollution sensor. In other words, the temperature surrounding the driver and passenger can be set to two different modes and car occupants breathe in clean air at all times. The Bose HiFi system - designed specially for the new model by the US world leader in the sector and fitted as standard to the LX version - offers an overall power output of 200 Watts and ensures impeccable listening quality for all passengers in all driving conditions. The lights are timed and come with a device that turns them on and off gradually.

Lancia Lybra Interior

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To be comfortable, a car must also be easy and satisfying to drive. Thus the suspension reduces vibration from the road surface and ensures effective handling on all surface conditions. The front suspension is an advanced MacPherson strut system, while the rear adopts a new Guided Longitudinal Arm (GLA) configuration. Last but not least, two gearboxes: one manual and one automatic with adaptive electronic control - also with manual control option.

Five powerful, flexible engines ensure great handling, a lively temperament and low fuel consumption. There are three petrol units: a 103 bhp (76 kW) 1.6 16v Torque, a 131 bhp (96 kW) 1.8 16v and a 155 bhp (114 kW) 2.0 20v unit available also with automatic transmission. Plus two turbodiesels that represent the best today's technology can offer: a 105 bhp (77 kW) 1.9 JTD and a 134 bhp (98 kW) 2.4 JTD, both with common rail direct injection.

Lybra 2l engine schematics

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The Lancia Lybra comes with two specification packages, both as extensive and comprehensive as one would expect for a car where class comes as standard. The very long list of features places great emphasis on safety: four airbags (driver, passenger and sidebags), ABS with electronic brakeforce distributor, braking system with four big diameter discs, double anchorage seat-belts with pretensioners and load limiters. Other features include a third head-restraint (that can be stowed out of sight) and an inertia reel seat-belt for the central rear seat. Innovative extras include a multifunction colour display built into the facia - this controls a satellite navigation system, mobile phone, radio, trip counter, car systems check-up and clock.

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