Archive for the ‘Fiat Tipo’ Category
Using a name that dates back to 1988, the Fiat Tipo returned to the market in 2015, after a 20-year hiatus. Designed to replace both the Linea and Bravo, the Tipo is offered in three body styles — sedan, hatchback, and wagon. All three versions are already available in showrooms and, for 2017, Fiat is launching a new model. Dubbed S-Design, it features a few sportier elements on the outside and unique features inside, giving it a distinct personality. The S-Design upgrade will be available for both the hatchback and wagon and the former will make its public debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
Launched alongside other special-edition Fiats, especially 500 hatchbacks, the Tipo S-Design is actually a trim level that will probably become the most expensive in the lineup. But, while the exterior and interior is stands out by means of extra features, the drivetrains carry over unchanged. And the fact that Fiat isn’t offering the base gasoline and diesel engines in the S-Design is confirmation that the new model is set to become the range-topping Tipo.
There’s no word on pricing and availability yet, but the Tipo S-Design should go on sale in all European markets where the Italian compact is already available.
Continue reading to learn more about the Fiat Tipo S-Design.
Earlier in 2015, Fiat unveiled the Egea, a concept that previewed a compact sedan designed to replace the aging Linea. A few months later, the production car with the same name was launched in Turkey and renamed the Tipo for other markets. More recently, a hatchback version of the Tipo was spotted testing in Europe, confirming rumors that Fiat also wants a piece of the five-door compact market.
Aimed at the highly disputed C-segment that includes popular hatchbacks such as the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus, the Tipo will replace the Bravo, which was discontinued in Europe in 2014. However, like its sedan brother, the Tipo hatch will be a more affordable and simple car powered by less powerful, but significantly more fuel-efficient engines.
Details are scarce as of this writing, but the hatchback is expected to break cover in the first half of 2016 and go on sale by the end of the year. Also, even though the prototype shows very little skin, the fact that we already know what the Tipo sedan looks like, makes guessing what’s under the camo a lot easier. Find out more in my speculative review below.
Updated 02/16/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Tipo hatchback out for a new testing session. The car started to drop its camouflage and for the first time we can see the rear lights.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Fiat Tipo Hatchback.
After relying on a handful of mostly uncompetitive models in Europe, Fiat is finally getting the attention it deserves from FCA. Having launched the 500X mini SUV in 2014, and the 124 Spider at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Italian brand is now introducing a new compact sedan that will replace the aging Linea. The new four-door goes by the name Tipo and it is aimed at the highly disputed C-segment, which includes nameplates such as the Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus Sedan, and Chevrolet Cruze Sedan.
The Tipo name (meaning “type” in Italian) is not new, as Fiat used it for a hatch it built between 1988 and 1995. Bolted on a then-brand-new platform it shared with various Alfa Romeo and Lancia models, the Tipo replaced the Ritmo. In 1995, it was phased out to make way for the Bravo and Brava twins.
Described as “a functional car which maximizes value for money,” the Tipo was designed in Italy, developed in Turkey, and will be marketed in more than 40 countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Not surprisingly, the sedan won’t cross the pond to the U.S., where Fiat will only sell its 500 range and the upcoming 124 Spider.
Fiat has high hopes for the Tipo in Europe, but will the compact sedan have what it takes to compete against the more popular Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus? Find out in our review below.
Updated 11/27/2015: Fiat dropped the official details on the new Tipo compact sedan.
Continue reading to find out more about the 2017 Fiat Tipo.