Cars, new models

Fiat bringing back historic name for new sedan

  • New Fiat C-segment sedan will take historic Tipo name
  • Member of “Functional Family” within the Fiat brand
  • Four engines with emphasis on value for money
COMING SOON ON GLOBAL MARKETS: Chrysler-owned Fiat has gone back in history to name its latest C-segment sedan. Image: Fiat / Newspress
COMING SOON TO GLOBAL MARKETS: Chrysler-owned Fiat has gone back in history to name its latest C-segment sedan. Image: Fiat / Newspress

Fiat’s new C-segment contender, unveiled in May 2015at the Istanbul autos show, is to take a historic name used since the company’s earliest days – Tipo.

The new Tipo will be a global model, the Chrysler-subsidiary automaker says, “to tackle the challenges of the future”.

TURBODIESEL INCLUDED IN THE MIX

The car will be a five-seater – 4.5m long, 1.78m wide, 1.48m tall and with a 2.65m and 510 litres of boot space. The range will include, the automaker says, “a mix of reliable, muscular and efficient engines – two MultiJet II turbodiesels and two petrol with power ranging from 71 to 90kW”.

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A manual or automatic transmission will be available, depending on engine.

“The car’s cabin,” Fiat explained in a media release sent to Carman’s Corner, “has been styled and built to the highest standards, is available with the latest technological features – among them Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ touch-screen Uconnect infotainment system with hands-free Bluetooth calling and audio streaming, a reversing camera and TomTom satnav.”

A Fiat South Africa spokesperson told the Corner the car was being considered for sale here but no date had been fixed… “probably late 2016”.

The Tipo, as a member of the brand’s “Functional Family”, has been promised to come with emphasis on value for money and practical features and “a straightforward model range and pricing structure”.

The car was designed in Italy at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Centro Stile and developed in Turkey, where it will be assembled in the company’s Bursa plant. It will be called the Aegea in that country.

The Corner has asked Fiat SA if the car is slated for SA… we’ll let you know.

Get more information about Fiat products in South Africa.

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