The Fiat Linea successor which debuted as a near production concept at the Istanbul Motor Show earlier this year will go on sale in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA) under the Tipo nameplate. A bunch of official videos and drive reviews of the global sedan have emerged online.
The Fiat Tipo moniker is not new. It was used for a small family hatchback which was sold between 1988 and 1995. In the year 1989, the Tipo was elected as the European Car Of The Year. The new sedan would be looking to capitalize on the positive brand recall to make inroads in the target markets. The Fiat Egea name will be retained in Turkey where it will be manufactured.
The Tipo measures in 4.5 m length, 1.78 m in width, in 1.48 m height and has an impressive boot capacity of 510 litres. Despite the increase in dimensions, the sedan is lighter than the aging Linea.
Powertrain lineup is constituted by the set of two petrol and two diesel engines with power outputs ranging from 90 – 120 PS. While the petrol version offers both manual and automatic transmission options, the diesel version is available only with manual gearbox as of now but that could change in the coming months.
In addition to the usual mandatory safety features like multiple airbags and ABS, the Linea replacement comes packed with a comprehensive touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, fog lamps, alloy wheels and many more.
Fiat India is reportedly planning to replace the Linea with a new product sometime next year and the Egea a.k.a. Tipo could be one of the viable candidates.