After the world preview at the Istanbul Motor Show last May, Fiat Tipo is being presented to the international press today. The new Compact Sedan will be marketed in over forty countries across the EMEA region. This all-new, four-door car, created from the beginning as a three-box sedan, embodies the "Born to be Sedan" concept which enhances the balanced, quintessentially Italian design to guarantee personality and style without forgoing functionality.
The result is a functional car which maximizes value for money - this being a crucial concept in the Fiat functional family - packed with what customers genuinely appreciate, with a simple range and a transparent commercial offer. Clearly, FCA is assigning a primary role to this model characterized by excellent interior liveability and load capacity, a comprehensive range and a distinctive style to consolidate its presence across the EMEA region.
Good-looking and functional, Fiat Tipo combines a large load capacity (520 liters) with compact overall dimensions (it is 4.54 meters long, 1.79 meters wide and 1.49 meters high). The 2.64 meter wheelbase emphasizes its excellent internal comfort. All this is enhanced by Italian design, inside and out, which makes the car unique in its segment.
Everyone can find the right Fiat Tipo for their needs and inclinations. In the EMEA region, the line-up will include three trim levels, four engine versions (the 1.4 16v Fire 95 HP and the 1.6 1.6v E.torQ 110 HP petrol engines and the 1.3 MultiJet II 95 HP and 1.6 MultiJet II 120 HP turbo diesels), two transmissions (five- or six-speed manual or six-speed automatic, the latter on 1.6 E.torQ only), a palette of various body colours (pastel and metallized), two alloy rim patterns (16" and 17") and four different interior configurations.
The new car fits a reliable suspension layout for very accurate driving, brilliant road-holding and outstanding passenger comfort: independent wheels McPherson type on the front axle and interconnected wheels torque beam on the rear. The two layouts are optimized to reduce weight and contribute in this way to improving the car's fuel-efficiency.
In the true Fiat style, the new Tipo is packed with a plenty of clever solutions that make life better for everyone on-board. Like the splendid standard features and the availability of the UconnectTM system with a 5" colour touchscreen, hands-free Bluetooth system, audio streaming, text reader and voice recognition, AUX and USB ports with iPod integration, controls on the steering wheel and, on demand, a rear parking camera and the new TomTom 3D Touch navigation system.
The car's name - Tipo - sported on the badge is a celebrated designation that Fiat has been used many times during its over one century of history. One of the models to carry the coveted name was the car of which nearly two millions were made from 1988 to 1995 and which was awarded "Car of the Year 1989" also because of its versatile use, large interior space and compact exterior dimensions. The same winning features are found on the new Tipo, a practical, functional model which in perfect Fiat tradition ensures the best equipment-to-price ratio, this being the real value of any industrial product.
Designed to tackle future challenges, the new Fiat Tipo was designed in Italy by Centro Stile Fiat, developed in Turkey together with Tofaş R&D, which is one of FCA's largest research and development centers, and made in the Tofaş plant in Bursa - one of the world's best automotive factories which has received a World Class Manufacturing Gold Medal