You know it’s a slow week in the carniverse when we’re talking about Lancias, but here we are. This is the 2014 Lancia Delta, and it gets a minor refresh for the new year. How minor? Well, the previously-plastic body claddings are now painted in body colour, and twin exhaust pipes jut out of the back.

Inside, the Delta gets updated with so-called “more contemporary-looking” trim, with a combination of glossy and matte black surfaces replacing the outgoing car’s silver bits. Perforated black or beige leather seats are also new.

Three engines are available: a 1.6 litre MultiJet turbodiesel with 105 hp or 120 hp, and a 1.4 litre T-Jet petrol that makes 120 hp and 206 Nm of torque. The T-Jet is now LPG-approved, and gets to 100 km/h in 9.8 seconds.

Sold in the UK with a Chrysler badge, the Delta is essentially a stretched, more upscale version of my personal steer, the current Fiat Bravo. The Lancia obviously isn’t, but the Fiat was officially sold here in Malaysia a few years back in 150 hp manual and 120 hp Duologic forms.