The Fiat Tipo family is much, much better than we previously expected!

While visitors are feasting their eyes at the Geneva Motor Show, the automotive press is already living the hangover of the Swiss event. One of the things that are worth revisiting is the new Fiat Tipo family. We have brought you pictures of the SW (station wagon) and the HB (hatchback) models some days before they were officially revealed, but they present even better numbers than the ones that were expected. Let’s check them out!

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The new Tipo HB is 4.37 m long, 1.79 m wide, 1.50 m tall and has the same wheelbase of the sedan: 2.64 m. The SW is 4.57 m long, 1.51 m tall, due to the longitudinal roof bars, and preserves the other measures of the hatchback and the sedan. What impresses is the size of their luggage compartments: 440 l for the hatchback (we expected 350 l, tops) and 550 l for the station wagon, or 40 l more than the sedan. We thought they would have similar luggage space.

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In what relates to engines and transmissions, there is very good news as well. We said both new cars would very likely follow the trims offered by the sedan (Easy, Urban and Lounge), with the entry-level equipped with a 1.4 Fire petrol engine or with a 1.3 MultiJet diesel engine, both able to generate 71 kW (the first at 6,000 rpm, with 127 Nm at 4,500 rpm; the second at 3,750 rpm, with 200 Nm from 1,500 rpm). The 1.6 MultiJet would be available both with a 6 speed manual gearbox or with a 6 speed double clutch automated transmission. It produces 89 kW at 3,750 rpm, with 320 Nm at 1,750 rpm.

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The strongest petrol engine would be the 1.6 E.torQ, producing 82 kW and 152 Nm of torque and solely offered with a 6 speed automatic transmission. And this is where great news arise: the HB and the SW will also offer a 1.4 MultiAir turbocharged engine that generates 88 kW at 5,000 rpm and 215 Nm at 2,500 rpm. Apparently, it can only be ordered with a 6-speed manual transmission, which greatly helps reduce the turbo lag this engine presents.

Now we have to wait for prices in Europe, but the car is being denied in a series of important markets, such as Brazil. It will be sold even in Mexico, as the new Dodge Neon. This could be the new world family car from Fiat. It would spare the company a lot in terms of scale. If this car really misses any important market, it will be a pity. It has potential everywhere. Especially if it is sold as a bargain, such as it is considered in Europe.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.