Remember the Fiat Tipo? It was a boxily stylish, extremely spacious Ford Escort rival through the early Ninties, never a huge seller in the UK and almost extinct now.
Well, Fiat is bringing the Tipo name back to the UK on an all-new mid-size hatchback sometime in 2016.
The Tipo is spun off from the same platform as the Aegea saloon (pictured above) which was launched at the Istanbul Motor Show. It launches in Europe, Asia and the Middle East in December. It’s understood the Aegea name will only be used in Turkey, where the car will be built.
It’s not known if the saloon version will come to the UK, but the hatchback and estate definitely will. The hatch is 4.5m long and has a 510 litre boot, making it among the more generous sized competitors in the Ford Focus/Vauxhall Astra/VW Golf class.
Power will come from a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, the latter capable of as much as 70mpg. Fiat’s Uconnect infotainment system is expected to come as standard.
It’s an interesting decision by Fiat to bring the Tipo to the UK. It’s C-segment family cars have never sold that well here and it withdrew its previous entry, the aging Bravo, in 2014. Quality shouldn’t be an issue – Fiat has largely perfected that with 500. But pricing could be. The Tipo might have to be pitched towards the budget end of the segment to tempt buyers in.
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By Only Motors