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New Fiat Tipo will target Ford Focus

Both hatchback and estate versions of Fiat's new Focus-rivalling model will be going on sale this September, with excellent practicality said to be one of its main selling points

Andy Pringle

Words by: Andy Pringle

Published on 1 March 2016 | 0 min read

  • Tipo range includes five-door hatch and estate
  • Said to have class-leading practicality
  • On sale in September, with prices announced nearer the time
Fiat revealed its full Tipo range at the Geneva Show. The five-door hatchback and estate will go on sale in September, looking to steal sales from the likes of the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra.
At 4.37 metres long, the Tipo hatchback is almost identical in size to the Focus, but Fiat claims that one of its main attractions will be class-leading practicality: not only can it take three six-foot adults across the back seat, the company says, its 440-litre boot is much larger than those in the Focus or Astra. Likewise, the Tipo estate has a 550-litre boot, which is considerably bigger than that in its biggest-selling rivals. Its 60/40 split/folding rear seats drop down to leave a completely flat load floor, the company says, and it can carry loads up to 1.8m long. On top of this, there are several storage compartments in the cabin, which add up to an extra 12 litres of stowage. Both models will be offered in three trim levels; and, although Fiat is yet to confirm precise details of what each will include, it has said that every model will have air-con, DAB radio, Bluetooth and remote central locking. The five-strong engine range includes three petrol and two diesels, with power outputs from 95- to 120bhp, and the most economical will be the 1.6-litre diesel, which averages 76.3mpg and has CO2 emissions of 98g/km. Both models will go on sale in September, and further details of their prices and specifications will be announced nearer the time. However, Fiat says that both will be ‘extremely competitive.’

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