The name Tipo returned after two decades of absence on the market and it evolved to a compact sedan, but it was built on a small-segment car platform, from the Fiat 500 L.
The compact sedan market in some parts of Europe was highly contested by more car-makers. Fiat understood that it can get a big piece of pie there and it started to work on a car that would fit the needs and exceed some expectations.
The Fiat Tipo was offered in three body versions: sedan, hatchback, and station-wagon. The most important version was the sedan, which was launched in 2015 at the Istanbul Motor Show. In the small-segment, most of the cars were designed without too much attention to the exterior look. But Fiat took a different approach. The narrow headlights, the 3D grille, and stylish look didn’t offer the same cheap design feel like some of its competitors.
Inside, there was a five-passenger interior, but the shoulder room in the back and the profiled floor didn’t offer enough space for three adults. The dashboard was designed with nice forms, but the 5” infotainment screen was the biggest in the offer and it was smaller than most of the smartphones on the market.
For the engine compartment, the Tipo was offered with a choice of two gasoline and two diesel versions, but only the 1.6-liter gasoline unit was available with an automatic gearbox as an option.