Estate variant of Fiat's Tipo saloon and hatchback spotted testing ahead of an anticipated launch later this year
9 February 2016

The new Fiat Tipo Station Wagon has been spied testing, ahead of its launch later this year.

It's clear from the spy shots that the estate variant will share the same front-end styling as the Tipo hatchback and saloon. This is particularly apparent at the car's front, where the grille design follows that of the 124 Spider and the lights adopt Fiat's new design languag. Heavy black cladding prevents us from seeing the rear-end treatment, but a boomerang-shaped tail-light design is visible, following the same approach as the saloon, which we test drove earlier this year.

Hatchback and estate forms of the new Fiat Tipo are revealed at the 2016 Geneva Motorshow

In profile, a gently tapering roofline and sloping tailgate can be seen, much like those of rivals such as the Seat Leon ST. The Tipo Station Wagon will be a touch longer than the saloon's 4.54 metres, while offering considerably more boot space than the 500 litres or so offered by the saloon. 

Like the Tipo saloon and hatchback, the Station Wagon will come with a choice of four engines at launch - two Multijet II diesels and two petrols - with power outputs ranging between 94bhp and 118bhp.

Spy shots of the new Fiat Tipo hatchback also revealed the car testing ahead of going on sale in 2016.

The Tipo hatchback is based on the same platform as the saloon variant, which was unveiled at the Istanbul motor show in May 2015. The first cars are expected to reach the UK in the second half of 2016.

While both hatchback and estate variants of the Tipo will be offered in this country, Fiat is still deciding whether to bring the saloon version here. All three variants will be shown at the Geneva motor show next year, as Fiat looks to strengthen the 'practical' element of its model line-up. 

Fiat brand boss Olivier François said: "On a global basis, Fiat has two legs to its range. There is the aspirational, emotional side, with the 500 and now the 124. And then there is the more pragmatic, practical side, with the Panda and Punto. We are still committed to this side, and you will see this in Geneva. We have the Tipo ready for Europe, and we'll have three versions there."

The new hatchback will compete in the same crowded mass market as Ford's Focus, the new Vauxhall Astra and the Seat Leon when it goes on sale.

Fiat is also said to be planning a successor to the Punto, which has been on sale since 2005. The replacement would use a modified version of an existing platform in order to minimise costs, but Fiat is tight-lipped about the Punto replacement. Neither car is likely to make it to the US. "For now we think the aspirational side of the brand works in the US," said François. "Different regions will have one leg or the other, and only some will have both." 

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3 July 2015

"If Fiat chooses to bring the new hatchback to this country, it will [fail effectively to] compete in the same crowded mass market as Ford's Focus, new Vauxhall Astra and the Seat Leon."

3 July 2015
Bullfinch wrote:

"If Fiat chooses to bring the new hatchback to this country, it will [fail effectively to] compete in the same crowded mass market as Ford's Focus, new Vauxhall Astra and the Seat Leon."

I'm afraid you're right: if Fiat is prevaricating about bring this to the UK, you have to assume that, like the current Bravo, it's not good enough to compete effectively in its class. What a shame: I'm old enough to remember how popular the Fiat 128, Strada/Ritmo and Tipo were in their day. Fiat's retreat from the mass market continues, at least in the UK and Northern Europe.

3 July 2015

Aegea hatchback? This looks more like a crossover test mule. The ride height is very tall for an ordinary hatchback. The headlights, rear lights, wing mirrors, door handles and rear tailgate looks like they've been taken straight off a Punto.

4 July 2015

Coming to the UK in six months time with ill-fitting headlights and called the 500 Desperado.

12 October 2015

The orginal TIPO was NOT that popular in the UK, i worked for FIAT at the time, and the sales were, well, dire, and the targets had to reduced at dealers by a MINIMUM of 80%, even with the saloon Regatta and Regatta Weekend could not do anything to help sales - and as for the Strada, well, forget that, they were so bad to work on, rusted as quick as they came off the boat and not one of our customers (and there were a lot back then for the Panda and Uno) EVER came back to us after owning a Strada.

12 October 2015
jonboy4969 wrote:

i worked for FIAT at the time, and the sales were, well, dire

That figures.

jonboy4969 wrote:

not one of our customers (and there were a lot back then for the Panda and Uno) EVER came back to us

Perhaps your tea-making skills needed improving?

12 October 2015

It is such a shame you are still breathing, as you ALWAYS ruin every post you slither onto...... you are one of those internet trolls that would never say things like that to peoples faces - all gob and little to back up ANY of the tripe you speak......

12 October 2015

Bet you that its the new Punto not the new tipo!

12 October 2015

Add a 3 door Panda and a 5 door 500 and they're starting to have a range.

12 October 2015

Can we attribute to Fiat, and the first Tipo, the early popularising of the "performance" turbo-diesel, as used in their flagship model?

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