First Linea, then Aegea, then Egea and now Tipo, well, that's the story of the all-new upcoming mid-size sedan from the Italian car manufacturer, Fiat. Showcased first during the Istanbul Motor Show this May, the Tipo sedan will go on sale in Italy from December 2015, followed by launch in Turkey, Middle East, European nations and Africa.
Fiat used the Tipo monicker first in 1988 for a small hatchback designed by Ercole Spada, which was into production till 1995. Fiat eventually replaced the Tipo with Bravo and Brava, which was replaced by the Stilo, only to be replaced by the Bravo hatchback in 2007. And now, Tipo is back in the scene again. Confused? Well, not more than us!
Nonetheless, the Tipo name will only be used in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) countries for now, while Fiat will retain the Egea moniker for the Turkey. The Linea replacer was first showcased as the Aegea concept, which was re-christened to Egea, and it became a hit among the Turkish audience, forcing Fiat to retain the name. We still don't know what will the new sedan be called in India.
Fiat insists that the Egea name is kept to pay homage to the country, where most of the manufacturing of Fiat takes place. Tipo was designed in Italy at the FCA Style Centre, while it has been developed in Turkey with Tofaş R&D, and is also manufactured in the Tofaş plant in Bursa, which exports the cars to over 40 countries in the EMEA region.
As for the car, Fiat has from the very beginning, designed the car as a three-box sedan, rather than most of the rivals who first manufacture a hatchback and then attach a boot. The result is a "Born to be Sedan" design, as Fiat says, and has the flowing lines with balanced shapes and characteristic of an Italian design.
Fiat will offer a choice of 4 engines in the new sedan - two Multijet II turbo diesel engines and two petrol units, with a power rating of 95 to 120 HP. Both manual and automatic transmissions will be offered in the Tipo. The car will be 4.5 m long, 1.78 m wide and 1.48 m tall, with a 510-litre boot. Features like automatic climate control, touchscreen infotainment system, alloy wheels, ABS and airbags will be on offer.
Expect Fiat to replace the ageing Linea sedan with Tipo sometime next year!