Fiat’s small car future has been laid out with the introduction of the Tipo hatch and wagon, joining the existing sedan that was shown last year as the Fiat Aegea, a name it will wear in developing markets.
Fiat set a design brief of “skills, no frills” for the Tipo, concentrating on delivering a value for money package that is both simple and functional. As a result the Tipo range boasts large boot space, with the wagon configured to be versatile and user friendly.
Just how much boot space? A whopping 510 litres for the sedan, 440 litres for the hatch and 550 litres (to the window line) for the wagon.
In Europe the Tipo range will offer the three body styles in three different trim levels, Pop, Easy, and Lounge, with engines ranging from 1.3 litres to 1.6 litres in size offering power outputs between 70kw and 88kW, across petrol, diesel, and LPG.
Transmission choices include five and six-speed manual transmissions, with a six-speed automatic, or six-speed dual clutch option depending on the powertrain. All tipo models feature front wheel drive.
Inside all models feature a 7.0-inch touchscreen Uconnect infotainment system featuring a range of connected apps, as well as Apple Car Play. Other standard features include TomTom navigation, and a reversing camera.
Fiat promises that passengers up to 1.85m tall will comfortably fit in both the front or the rear, as well as boasting that the middle rear seat has been designed to fit a full-sized adult as well.
While Fiat Australia currently lacks a small car in its line-up, and the Tipo will be built in right hand drive to serve the UK, chances of it arriving in Australia are slim, with the need to balance supply and currency issues out of the Tipo’s Turkish factory potential roadblocks to seeing the model here.
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