Fiat Tipo Launched

Fiat tipo launched

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has launched the all new Fiat Tipo hatchback and its sedan sibling to the South African market following the vehicle’s highly successful European debut. The Tipo is Fiat SA's attempt to improve on the unimpressive 40 units of the 500 L sold in April.

According to the importers, the "Tipo family's success is based on a value proposition combined with best-in-class passenger and luggage space."

The Fiat Tipo hatchback measures 4.37m in length, 1.79m in width and stands 1.50m high, while the sedan measures 4.53m in length, the width and height mirrors the dimensions of the hatchback.

The new car features a suspension layout designed for dynamic driving, good road-holding and  reasonable comfort; independent McPherson struts on the front axle and an interconnected torque beam on the rear.

Locally two body styles, three trim levels, three engines and three transmission types will be available at launch.

In true Fiat fashion, the new Tipo is packed with clever solutions that offer remarkably generous standard equipment along with active and passive safety systems.

The Tipo easily accommodates five passengers, even tall people up to 1.87m in height at the front and 1.80m in the rear travel in comfort.

The load capacity is also class-leading: 440 l for the hatchback and 520 l for the sedan.

Comfort is also assured by the ergonomic driver’s seat, which, combined with the new dashboard layout, ensures great visibility.

Engines and transmissions

The Fiat Tipo models offer an updated range of engines in three different capacities with two fuel options. They are the turbodiesel 1.3 MultiJet II, the Fire 1.4 16v and 1.6 E-torQ petrol engines.

There are also three types of transmissions: 5-speed manual for the 1.3l diesel engine,  6-speed manual for the 1.4l petrol engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission for the 1.6 E-torQ petrol engine.

1.4 16v 70 kW

The 1.4 16v Fire is the entry-level petrol engine of the Tipo family. It delivers 70kW at 6,000 r/min and reaches maximum torque of 127Nm at 4,500 r/min. The engine, combined with a six-speed manual gearbox, is a four cylinder with twin overhead camshafts and direct valve control.

1.6 E-torQ 81 kW

For those looking for a vehicle that offers maximum comfort, the best choice is the version with 1.6 E-torQ petrol engine delivering 81kW of power at 5,500 r/min and 152Nm of torque at 4,500 r/min, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

1.3 MultiJet 70 kW

The 1.3 MultiJet II engine ensures good performance and extremely low running costs, thanks to the standard inclusion of the Start&Stop system. It is equipped with a manual five-speed gearbox and develops 70kW at 3,750 r/min, while the variable geometry turbocharger ensures high torque from low revs and a maximum torque of 200Nm from 1,500 r/min.

Besides the generous array of safety devices, comfort and practicality are assured by the fitment of manual air conditioning (on the POP versions) and Automatic air conditioning (on the remainder of the range), electric front windows, electrically adjustable door mirrors with defrosting function and the 60/40 split rear seat (excludes sedan POP version). POP models feature 16" steel wheels fitted with stylish covers

EASY models incorporate 16" alloy rims, LED daytime running lights, chrome door handles, body-coloured mirror covers and a leather steering wheel. A reverse camera is standard on the hatchback LOUNGE model, and an optional extra on all models except the POP.

The LOUNGE trim, exclusive to the hatchback, features 17" alloy wheel rims, chrome details and a leather steering wheel and gear shift knob for an even more refined touch. Comfort and safety features include rear parking sensors, front fog lights, automatic climate control, cruise control, front armrest and driver's seat with optional lumbar adjustment. The LOUNGE also features the UConnectTM infotainment system with Navigation as standard.

Safety

The Fiat Tipo features modern active and passive safety devices such as standard driver and front passenger airbags (with side and curtain airbags as an option).

Also available is Cruise Control on all EASY and LOUNGE models and can be selected as an option on the Hatchback POP model.

Comfort and safety are assured by equipment such as rear parking sensors and a rear view camera, which returns crystal-clear reversing images on the radio screen, not forgetting the rain and dusk sensors and electrochromatic rearview mirror.

The range consists of:

Fiat Tipo Sedan

1.4l Pop – R229,900

1.4l Easy – R249,900

1.3l D Easy – R274,900

1.6l Easy Auto – R274,900

Fiat Tipo Hatchback

1.4l POP – R249,900

1.4l EASY – R269,900

1.4l LOUNGE – R289,900

1.6l EASY Auto – R294,900

All Fiat Tipo models come with a standard 3 year / 100,000km warranty and service plan.