Newly appointed for the market is the 2016 Fiat Tipo. It is going to be a brand which will replace the aging Linea model and make a mark in the compact sedan segment. In fact it is going to make its mark in the highly disputed C-segment where its main competitors are going to be the Toyota Corolla and the Ford Focus sedan. But the Italian automaker has no doubts that their new vehicle is going to pose a great resistance to these giants in the field.
Actually the Tipo is not completely new. The vehicle, which name translates as “type” from Italian, was used in the period between 1988 and 1995 as a hatchback model. It was made by being bolstered on completely new platform back then as it shared it with various Alfa Romeo cars from that period. Unfortunately, it fade out during the 1995 model year and was soon replaced by the Bravo vehicle. It is time for it to make a spectacular new comeback to the market.
The car is designed in Italy and produced in Turkey and will in fact be made available in more than 50 markets around the world. Described as a very functional car which emphasis the phrase “great value for money” to its peak. Unfortunately people from the US are going to wait a little bit as there is no current indications that this model is going to be offered there. People in America can enjoy the Fiat’s 500 and 124 Spider that are going to cross the pond. For more information about this vehicle study this review thoroughly.
2016 Fiat Tipo exterior
The 2016 Fiat Tipo comes with a fresh new design which manages to fix all the flaws the previous Linea experienced. It is actually something that the customers expect more from a functional and affordable car in this modern era. Actually the Fiat Tipo bares a lot of resemblance to the Egea concept which was introduced to us in 2015. The wide grill at the front has some floating chrome inserts and a pair of very stylish headlamps. The engine hood is also very nicely sculptured while the back side has more of the Egea that the rest of the car. Particularly noticeable are the C-shaped headlamp and the chrome trim which is placed above the license plates.
Looking at the Tipo from the sides we notice more premium look which is mainly possible because of the pronounced waistline. There are some chrome door handles and a chrome lower window-trim. You can get your Fiat Tipo with either 16-inch wheels or the 17-inch ones and choose one of the seven available exterior colors that it comes with, as it includes Gelato White, Colosseo Grey, Amore Red, Cinema Black, Maestro Grey, Magnetico Bronze and Canal Grande Blue. Taking a gander to the dimensions of the car you can notice that it is completely identical to the Linea which is replaces.
The inside of the 2016 Fiat Tipo is a complete departure from the thing we saw in the Linea car. It does its best to redesign the look and appear entirely differently and refreshed. The changes made are the redesign of the dashboard, a much cleaner center console with a completely brand new steering wheel. Actually the Tipo has a much more upscale and a roomier inside from the Linea but it actually keeps some of the hard plastic parts on the inside. It can boast with a great display of interior space as it adds more legroom than any car in the segment and a very comfortable rear passenger’s part. The 60/40 rear seat split enables a load of 520 liters in the cargo bay.
There are also a bunch of technological goodies that come available on the inside. Every Fiat Tipo comes with a LCD screen, Bluetooth and AM/FM radio. But if you want to get some more interesting parts on the inside you can choose a higher trim model which adds five-inch Uconnect touchscreen which you can use to access DAB radio and multimedia connectivity. But the highest trim levels are the ones where you can get TomTom 3D navigation with TMC and IQ Routes and a 220-watt audio system. To make the interior more classy and customizable you can choose from an available range of Mopar accessories.
There are rumors that say that the 2016 Fiat Tipo is going to come with two gasoline and two diesel engines, but this is going to depend on the market they appear. The 1.4-liter, four-cylinder “Fire” unit is one of them and it makes about 94 horsepower and 94 pound-feet. It may does not offer spectacular specs with an acceleration rate from 0-60 mph in 11.5 seconds and a top speed of 115 mph, but it fires back with great fuel economy ratings. Making things a bit more fast is the stronger 1.6-liter “E.torQ” engine. This baby produces 108 horses and 112 pound-feet and has a 0-60 mph acceleration of 11.2 seconds and a top speed of 119 mph.
The diesel options are 1.3-liter and 1.6-liter MultiJet engines. The smaller produces 94 horsepower and 148 pound-feet and an acceleration of 11.7 seconds to 60 mph and a top speed of 112 mph, while the larger has 118 horses and 236 pound-feet and acceleration of 9.7 seconds with a top speed of 124 mph. Gasoline engines use six-speed manual transmission, while the diesel ones come with a five-cog unit for the smaller one and the six-speed automatic gearbox for the bigger one.
Price and release date
The 2016 Fiat Tipo is going to be first available in the European markets, appearing first in its homeland of Italy. The car is going to cost €14,500 in Italy, €13,050 in Germany and £11,610 in the UK. Most markets will have the use of three available trim levels and are going to add Uconnect Radio, Uconnect 5″, and Uconnect 5″ Nav in their combination. The release date starts from the middle of this year.
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