Lancia Megagamma
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Manufacturer Lancia
Parent company Fiat Group
Production 1978
Successor Lancia Zeta
Class Compact MPV (concept car)
Body style(s) 5-door minivan
Layout FF layout
Engine(s) 2.5 L 2484 cc Lancia H4
Wheelbase 2,670 mm (105.1 in)[1]
Length 4,310 mm (169.7 in) [1]
Width 1,780 mm (70.1 in) [1]
Height 1,617 mm (63.7 in) [1]
Curb weight 1,040 kg (2,293 lb)[2]
Fuel capacity 59 L (16 US gal/13 imp gal)[2]
Related Lancia Gamma
Designer Italdesign´s Giorgetto Giugiaro

The Lancia Megagamma minivan is a concept car designed by Italdesign in 1978 and introduced the same year at the Turin Motor Show.[3] It can be seen as the forerunner of modern MPVs.[4][5] The car never reached production, because it was seen as too risky by Lancia's parent company Fiat and its CEO Umberto Agnelli.[6] This concept itself addressed the needs of families, with a roomy cabin in a compact package.

The Nissan Prairie (1981) was the first modern production MPV following the Megagamma idea, later followed by models like the Mitsubishi Chariot, Renault Espace, Honda Shuttle, Toyota Sprinter Caribbean, Dodge Caravan, Plymouth Voyager, Renault Scenic and Volkswagen Touran. Lancia's own MPVs are the Zeta and current Phedra.

The Megagamma has a Lancia SOHC 2.5 litre flat-4 engine equipped with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection producing 140 PS (100 kW/140 hp) at 5400 rpm and 209 newton metres (154 ft·lbf) at 3000 rpm of torque. It was a front engined, front-wheel drive vehicle based on the Lancia Gamma platform.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Technical specifications of 1978 Lancia Megagamma". Retrieved on 2007-12-30.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Lancia Megagamma 1978". Retrieved on 2007-12-31.
  3. "Megagamma". Retrieved on 2007-12-31.
  4. Tumminelli, Paolo (2004). Car Design. teNeues, 66. ISBN 38-2384-561-6. 
  5. "30 Years of ItalDesign". Jack Yan & Associates (1998). Retrieved on 2008-01-03.
  6. "News". Retrieved on 2007-12-30.
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