The all-new Fiat Tipo
hatchback and estate have been unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Joining
the Tipo saloon, which was unveiled at the Istanbul Motor Show last summer, the
new Tipo body styles share the same principles of exceptional roominess,
specification, quality and efficiency, all stylishly packaged with a degree of
elegant Italian flair that belies its impressive affordability.
The new Fiat Tipo hatchback
provides exceptional roominess and is capable of accommodating three
six-feet-plus adult passengers in the rear - thanks to class-leading legroom
and outstanding headroom - within its 4.37m long, 1.79m wide and 1.50m tall
dimensions. Its boot capacity is also best-in-class with a volume of 440
litres, while the estate version adds an additional 110 litres of boot space
which, at 550 litres, is also class leading. It can carry loads of up to 1.8m
in length courtesy of an extra 20cm of length (4.57m); a flip-and-fold 60/40
split rear seats and completely flat load floor. The estate body style has a
height of 1.51m thanks to the standard-fit longitudinal roof bars.
Loading the boot of the estate
is aided by a low load sill with reconfigurable components such as an
adjustable load floor and removable side storage panels to further increase the
width of the luggage compartment. The roller covers can conveniently be removed
with one hand and stored under the floor panel, while two lights, two bag hooks
and four load-retaining hooks positioned on the floor provide added
The Tipo features numerous
cabin compartments with a variety of shapes and capacities totalling no less
than 12 litres. Easily reachable by driver and passengers, these compartments
are perfect for storing personal objects, smartphones, game consoles, bottles,
coins and much more, including a USB port for charging and connecting devices.
Maximum comfort is assured by the excellent driving ergonomics and the
convenient arrangement of the secondary controls which can be reached easily
without the driver having to take their eyes off the road.
In terms of the model range,
both the hatchback and estate will be offered in three trim levels with air
conditioning, remote central locking, rear electric windows (estate only),
electric mirrors, six airbags, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity
with steering wheel remote controls on all versions.
The engine range will comprise
five engines in total. There are two turbo diesel engines – a 1.3-litre
MultiJet II producing 95hp and 200Nm and a 1.6-litre MultiJet II with an output
of 120hp and 320Nm, while the petrol engine range comprises a 1.4-litre 16v
producing 95hp and 125Nm, a 1.4 turbo petrol with 120hp and 206Nm and the
1.6-litre e-TorQ engine producing 110hp and 152Nm and combined exclusively to a
six-speed, torque converter automatic transmission.
The 1.6 litre turbo diesel
engine, fitted with second-generation MultiJet technology and variable geometry
turbocharger, delivers remarkable fuel efficiency and low emissions: On the
official combined test cycle, the FIAT Tipo 1.6 MultiJet II 120hp returned
76.3mpg (3.7 litres/100km) and produces just 98g/km of CO2 emissions. This
engine can also be combined with a six-speed TCT twin-clutch transmission.
The Fiat Tipo was designed in
Italy by the Fiat Style Centre, developed in Turkey together with Tofas
R&D, one of FCA's largest research and development centres, and made in the
Tofas plant in Bursa – one of the world's best automotive factories, which has
received a World Class Manufacturing Gold Medal.
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