When Fiat turnw its newly launched Tipo compact sedan into a hatchback, it might end up looking like this.
Long-time fans will certainly remember the Tipo nameplate. It was first launched in the summer of 1988 and went on to receive plenty of praise from the media thanks to its practical design, above average performance and even its controversial yet ultimately disappointing digital dashboard.
The Tipo ran its course from 1988 until 1995 when it was replaced by the Bravo/Brava duo and now it’s back as a budget compact sedan, soon to be hatchback and estate as well.
Ironically, this time it will be the Tipo that will replace the Bravo in the brand’s line-up, though it’s unclear if the Italian manufacturer will be happy to let things stand as they are without replacing the Bravo with another, more upmarket C-Segment car in the future – something capable of challenging the Golf/Focus/Astra and so on.
Regarding this rendering, the rear design looks plausible, especially since it retains the sedan’s taillights. It’s not a bad looking hatchback, though its target group will probably care a lot more about reliability and practicality than sporty looks.
If Fiat will indeed succeed in emulating at least a fraction of Dacia’s success with the Tipo, then the entire project might be end up being a successful one.
Of course, any improvement over how badly the Bravo sold these past couple of years would inevitably look substantial to the reeling Italian manufacturer…
Rendering courtesy of RM Design