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Fiat Tipo family is complete in Geneva

1 March 2016 13:38 No comments

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We can’t even remember the last time Fiat launched several versions of one model shortly after one another, but in Geneva there are now three variants of the Tipo on display; the sedan, a new hatchback and stationwagon. The latter is the version of which we expect most sales and we actually think it’s the prettiest of the lot as well. These rational models could very well bring huge success for Fiat, especially in Italy where the Tipo is a real price breaker.

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The successor to the Bravo with five doors looks modestly handsome and measures in at 4,37m long (16cm shorter than the sedan), 1,79m wide and 1,5m high. The boot will swallow 440l of luggage (80l down on the sedan). ‘Easy’ and ‘Lounge’ are the two available guises, while a 1.4 T-Jet LPG-version shall be offered alongside the familiar petrol (1.4 16v Fire 95hp, 1.4 T-Jet 120hp) and diesel (1.3 MultiJet 95hp, 1.6 MultiJet 120hp) engines. The relatively high roofline should benefit rear seat space, where people of up to 1,85m (6,1 ft) can be seated comfortably. Except for the 1.3l diesel all versions are fitted with a manual six-speed transmission as standard, but a dual dry clutch automatic is expected soon. Inside the well-equipped C-segment Fiat we find the lovely 7” Uconnect HD Live system with touchscreen. A rear view camera and TomTom 3D navigation are optional.

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While the hatchback looks handsome, it’s the Stationwagon that really appeals to the eyes with its 4,57m of length. Luggage space here is equal to that of the sedan at 520l. Fold down the rear seats and a 180cm deep loading space appears. The Stationwagon comes with 12 pockets, some of which especially designed to hold your smartphone, keys, bottles or coins. In front of the gear lever we find an AUX and USB-input, equal to the other versions. Said benefits of the high roofline also count for this Tipo Stationwagon of course.

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