D he Fiat Tipo has been available as a hatchback version since 2016, as a Combined and offered in a notchback variant. With around 670,000 units sold so far, it is one of the more successful models at Fiat. Nevertheless, the Italians are taking the upcoming model upgrade as an opportunity to give the series a fourth model variant: With the Tipo Cross, a new robust version is coming onto the market as part of the facelift.
Extensively redesigned front section
The first thing you notice about the normal Tipo versions, which now have the suffix 'Life', is the new front. Its central element is the refreshed radiator grille, in which the redesigned lettering is now emblazoned; After the new 500, the Tipo is the second Fiat that can carry it. There are also differently designed full-LED headlights and a new front apron including inlays with a saturated metal finish. 16- and 17-inch rims in new designs and modified rear lights, which now also work with LED technology, round off the optical renovation work. Fiat is introducing the new colors Ocean Blue and Paprika Orange.
The new Tipo Cross differs from its model siblings not only in terms of the usual planks on the wheel arches. Its radiator grille dispenses with the 3D effect of the Life versions and instead has a honeycomb grille. The design elements in the front and rear aprons imitate the underrun protection of a real off-road vehicle, and the side skirts have metal inserts. Because of its almost 40 millimeters higher chassis and larger wheels, the Tipo Cross is about seven centimeters higher than the Tipo Life. In addition, the Cross receives the roof rails, which were previously reserved for the SW version.
New digital instruments
Inside, Fiat has done a lot of work. Most noticeable: the classic analog instruments give way to a seven-inch monitor with configurable digital displays. In order to be able to see them better, the steering wheel design was specially adapted. Also new are the seat covers, the climate controls and new dashboard inserts made of chrome and black.
In addition, the Tipo will receive the U-Connect infotainment system of the fifth generation for the facelift, with a 10.25 inch touchscreen enthroned above the center console. Android Auto and Apple Carplay will in future also work without a physical connection between the car and a maximum of two mobile phones. Apropos: Smartphones with up to 15 watts can be charged wirelessly in a charging cradle. There is now a USB port in the rear.
New Firefly petrol engine in the Tipo
And then optionally the 'D-Fence pack by Mopar', which consists of three elements exists and should improve the air quality in the interior: A filter collects impurities such as fine dust and allergens from the collected ambient air and should almost completely eliminate mold and bacteria. An air purifier in the passenger compartment makes microparticles such as pollen or bacteria disappear. And a UV lamp disinfects contact surfaces such as the steering wheel, gear lever and seats.
For the facelift, Fiat is treating the Tipo to completely new engines. Instead of the 1.4-liter petrol engine with 95 PS, there is a 100 PS and a maximum of 190 Newton meters strong one-liter three-cylinder turbo from the young Firefly family. The transmission has been matched to the new torque curve in such a way that the engine only has 3,200 rpm at 130 km /h in top gear. turns. As a result, CO2 emissions fall, but at 121 g /km (according to WLTP), they are still above the EU limit values of 95 g /km that will apply from 2021
1.6-liter diesel with 95 and 130 hp
The two diesel engines are better in this regard. The 1.6-liter Multijet engines produce 95 and 130 PS (120 PS were previously popular here), create CO2 emissions of 110 g /km in their lowest-emission variant and achieve the Euro 6d emissions standard in its final form.
The ADAS driver assistance package of the Tipo is upgrading Fiat for the facelift. It now includes things like traffic sign recognition, a speed assistant that automatically adopts speed limits and a lane departure warning system with steering intervention. A drowsiness assistant, a blind spot warning, adaptive high beam, perk sensors and Keyless-Go are now on board.
When exactly the refreshed Fiat Tipo and the new Tipo Cross will roll to the dealers is not yet certain. But there is already a starting price - at least applicable for Italy. It is 13,900 euros.