A sketch depicting Fiat’s new Tipo Estate (name not confirmed yet) has appeared online, with some outlets portraying it as official, but we traced it back to a two-week old report from Italian daily Corriere Della Sera.
Whereas its authenticity as a Fiat-sourced teaser is questionable, what isn’t is the fact that it will make its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday, March 1, alongside the five-door hatchback version of the Tipo series.
The newspaper quoted Fiat’s EMEA region Chief Operating Officer Alfredo Altavilla as saying:
“The Geneva Motor Show will be an unprecedented event for FCA, the most significant in years. We expose news for all brands in the group, completing the Fiat Tipo family with two other models, the five-door and station wagon, which mark our return in the most important category of the European market, the C-segment that is chosen by families.”
Altavilla went on to confirm the presentation of the Abarth 124 Spider, which is the performance iteration of the new Mazda MX-5 based Fiat 124 Spider that we first saw in Los Angeles last year, as well as a special version of Fiat’s Mitsubishi L200-based Fullback truck.
“[There’s also] European preview for the Fiat 124 Spider, exposed alongside the Abarth 124 Spider,” said Altavilla. “[The] 500 gets a Sport version and we debut the Fullback pickup truck that we have already launched in Dubai, still under the Fiat brand, but in a fashionable version. Jeep is celebrating the 75th anniversary with the special series and Maserati will unveil the SUV Levante. Alfa Romeo’s range is completed by the Giulia, accompanied by the new Giulietta and Mito that have been updated. "
Note: Regular Fiat Fullback and Abarth 124 Spider prototype pictured; Fiat Tipo Estate photo via Corriere