Fiat has used the legendary ‘Tipo’ nameplate several times in its 116 years of history, but the latest revivification sets the return of the brand to the C-segment in a big way, succeeding the Linea. This all-new three-box sedan seems to earn a well-balanced score with utmost practicality and value-for-money.
Surprisingly for a mass-market C-segment model, the new Tipo is overtly premium-looking. On the face, the pronouncing full-width grille, narrow headlights (inspired from BMW 3-Series??) and a sculptured bonnet is exceptional to a car of this kind. The roof-line is curvy, coupled with the sloping rear glass, giving the sedan a nice diminutive silhouette. Rear-end is distinctive and peculiar, but that how the Italian designers conceive their cars. I’m just remembered of the fact that the tail-end of their past cars – Siena (1997) and Linea (2006) – have garnered similar feeling of being a bit quirky.
Interestingly, the Tipo was designed essentially as a sedan first, unlike the typical practice of slapping a hatch with a boot in its butt! As a result, the sedan is serene in its stance and built especially the doors and glass areas, with a Hofmeister kink-like overall appeal mimicking BMWs. Definitely, the Tipo packs attractive exteriors better than any Fiat sedans till date.
Moreover, the equipment and features are mouth-watering. A choice of three trim, with ABS with EBD, ESC with Hill Hold, 3.5-inch LCD infotainment system and automatic boot opening as standard, is appealing. The flagship trim boasts Uconnect 5-inch touch screen radio, Bluetooth, 3.5-inch TFT instrument panel, multi-function steering wheel, automatic climate control, cruise control and front armrest.
The engine line-up for the Tipo sedan consists of four units – two petrol and two diesels – with power ranging from 94-118 hp. A 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and a 6-speed auto gearbox options are available depending on the engine.
The Tipo, aka Aegea in Turkey, is currently assembled only in Turkey, and will go on sale in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region very soon. It will be followed by a hatch and an estate version of the Tipo next year.
As of now, it is unclear whether Fiat will launch this car in India as a replacement to the Linea sedan. However, the company has already confirmed that a new car will replace Linea in 2017.
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