The Fiat Tipo

Premier Magazine (South AFrica) - - Motoring -

Cool, sleek, and def­i­nitely sexy, the re­cently launched, all-new Fiat Tipo is avail­able in South Africa – and Fiat thinks that this may be their game-changer lo­cally to push sales up­wards. Part of the al­ready over­pop­u­lated C-seg­ment mar­ket – where the Toy­ota Corolla, Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, and Opel As­tra reign – the de­sign of the Tipo is dis­tinc­tive and a breath of fresh air in the mar­ket, turn­ing heads on the road out of cu­rios­ity, as well as beauty. The sleek head­lights, long el­e­gant bon­net, pur­pose­ful char­ac­ter lines, and pleas­ing sil­hou­ette of the body speaks to the eyes, and the in­te­rior of the car fol­lows up on the el­e­gant de­sign. Two body styles, three trim lev­els, three engines, and three trans­mis­sion types are al­ready avail­able. In the sedan, one can opt for the POP or EASY ver­sions, while the hatch­back is avail­able in POP, EASY, or LOUNGE.

The list of model-spe­cific spec­i­fi­ca­tions is ex­ten­sive, but the real deal of the new Fiat of­fer­ing is in the stan­dard equip­ment that goes into ev­ery model: The Fiat Ucon­nect sound sys­tem with Blue­tooth func­tion­al­ity, steer­ing con­trols, height ad­justable driver seat, tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor, front airbags, and more. The en­gine range of­fers one diesel and two petrol de­riv­a­tives that tar­get the heart of the 70 kw to 81 kw mar­ket. And, de­pend­ing on the en­gine, trans­mis­sion op­tions in­clude ei­ther a five- or six-speed man­ual in the 1.3-litre Mul­ti­jet tur­bod­iesel, and the 1.4-litre petrol and ver­sions re­spec­tively, or a six-speed au­to­matic in the 1.6-litre EASY de­riv­a­tive. All Fiat Tipo mod­els come with a stan­dard 3-year/100,000 km war­ranty and ser­vice plan.

Pric­ing starts at R229,900 for the Sedan, and R249,900 for the Hatch.

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