Lancia Lybra

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Lancia Lybra
Lancia Lybra
Manufacturer: Fiat
Class: Mid-size
Production: 1999-Present
Predecessor: Lancia Dedra
Body styles: 4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
Engines: 1.6 L I4
1.8 L I4
1.9 L turbodiesel I4
2.0 L I5
2.4 L turbodiesel I5
transmission : 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 2593 mm
Length: 4466 mm
Width: 1743 mm
Height : 1462 mm - sedan
1470 mm - wagon
Weight: 1250-1420 kg
Fuel Economy:
Fuel Capacity: 60 L
Related: Alfa Romeo 156
Fiat Marea
Similar: Rover 45
Saab 9-3
Volvo S40/V40
Designer: Centro Stile Lancia
Lancia Lybra SW

The Lancia Lybra is a premium mid-size car from Italian Fiat Auto's upscale marque Lancia. Based on the Alfa Romeo 156 floorpan (and thus being related to the prolific Fiat Tipo platform), it replaced the Dedra within Lancia's lineup, and was similarly low-profile to its predecessor, rather than as popular as its Alfa sibling. Just like the Dedra, the Lybra is available as both a sedan and station wagon (billed SW by Lancia)

The model's name, which can be seen as a reference to both the zodiac sign of Libra and the Latin word for balancing scale, signals an end of the previous Lancia naming theme involving the use of Greek letters as model names. The Lybra is built in the Rivalta plant near Turin.


The Lybra was styled in Centro Stile Lancia, contrary to earlier Lancia models, which were commissioned from external design studios. Its styling is a clear departure from "rectangular" shapes prevalent in 1980s and 1990s Lancias, using heritage-inspired round headlights and other styling touches inspired by Lancias of the 1950s, like the Aurelia and Appia.

On the other hand, it wasn't as edgy as the Lancia Thesis and later models, and still carried many references to 1990s Lancias, such as the shape of the grille, or the treatment of the upper body section of the wagon (reminiscent of that of the Lancia Kappa SW). Interestingly, the Lybra's very distinctive taillaights were borrowed for the 2001's facelift given to the Fiat Marea sedan for the Latin American markets.


Lancia Lybra is a front-wheel drive car with transversely-mounted engines. The Lybra is available with a 5-speed manual, and the 2.0 L had an option of a 4-speed automatic transmission, called the Comfortronic by Lancia.

1980s-Present Lancia Modern Timeline
« Previous Lancia car timeline, 1980s-present -- Lancia modern timeline
Type 1980s 1990s 2000s
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
City car Autobianchi Y10 or Lancia Y 10
Supermini Ypsilon
Small family car Delta Delta
Large family car Beta Prisma Dedra Lybra
Executive car Gamma Thema Kappa Thesis
Mini MPV Musa
Large MPV Zeta Phedra
Racing car Lancia 037 Delta S4

1907-1918: Alfa-12HP · Alfa-24HP · Dialfa-18HP · Beta-15/20HP · Delta-20/30HP · Epsilon · Eta-30/50HP · Gamma-20HP · Theta-35HP · Zeta-12/15HP
1918-1945: Aprilia · Ardea · Ardennes · Artena · Astura · Augusta · Belna · Dilambda · Kappa · Lambda · Trikappa
1945-1980: Appia · Aurelia · Beta · D20 · D23 · D24 · D25 · D50 · Flaminia · Flavia · Fulvia · Gamma · Montecarlo · Stratos HF
1980-2000: Dedra · Delta · Delta S4 · Kappa · LC1 · LC2 · Lybra · Prisma · Thema · Trevi · Y10 · Ypsilon · Zeta · 037 (Group B)
Current models: Musa · Phedra · Thesis · Ypsilon
Concept models: Marcia · Medusa · Megagamma · Orca · Sibilo

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