Fiat Tipo name to return next year on the firm’s new Ford Focus-rivalling hatchback

Fiat is no stranger to keeping old car names alive, so it’s no surprise that it’s christened its upcoming Ford Focus rival the ‘Tipo’ – a name last seen on a Fiat hatchback over 20 years ago.

As before, it’ll compete in the mid-sized car market, and will count the new Vauxhall Astra and Renault Megane among its closest rivals.

The car you see in these official pictures is of the four-door saloon version that’ll be sold in a number of overseas markets – including Turkey where it’ll be called the Fiat Aegea. The Tipo will be sold in the UK in both hatchback and estate bodystyles.

With the car’s full reveal still some way off, here’s all we know so far about the Fiat Tipo ahead of its launch in late 2016.

Styling

Compared to Fiat’s current UK line-up, the Fiat Tipo will be a vastly different car, design-wise. Instead of the 500’s retro lines or the Panda’s rounded edges, the Tipo will instead boast bold bodywork creases, a distinctive front end and more pronounced detailing.

We don’t yet know what the rear of the Tipo will look like in hatchback or estate guises, but the car’s rear lights are likely to mimic the C-shaped graphics of the Aegea saloon.

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Like the exterior, the interior of the Fiat Tipo is expected to be very similar to that of the Fiat

Likewise, practicality is also an unknown at the moment. But the dimensions of the Fiat Aegea are almost identical to those of the current Ford Focus, so expect the Tipo to be reasonably spacious. Don’t assume it’ll share the 510-litre boot of the saloon shown in these pictures, though – due to the Tipo’s hatchback bodywork, we wouldn’t be surprised if its luggage capacity up being less than 400 litres.

The complete engine range for the Fiat Tipo hasn’t been announced yet, although we know that four engines will be offered, borrowed from other models in the Fiat and Alfa Romeo ranges.

As a result, expect to see 1.4 and 1.6-litre petrols – presumably lifted straight from the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. It’s also understood that 1.3 and 1.6-litre diesel engines will be offered in the Tipo..

 

According to our sister title Auto Express, the Fiat Tipo should be fitted with a decent amount of equipment – most of which will be operated using a 5.3-inch touchscreen, steering-wheel buttons and voice commands, as part of Fiat’s ‘Uconnect’ multimedia interface. Optional extras are expected to include a satellite-navigation system and a rear parking camera.

Tipo will start at around £15,000.

 

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