Fiat will re-enter the compact hatchback market nearly two years after the Bravo disappeared from its portfolio with a five-door variant of its revived Tipo series.
Built off the new Tipo sedan, also known as the Aegea in Turkey where it’s produced, the hatchback is set for a world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show next March, with sales to start across Europe shortly after.
The Italians have peeled off most of the heavy cladding from this latest prototype that we caught testing on public roads, leaving only the rear section covered up, with the rest of the body hiding under twirl-themed wraps.
From these pictures, it quickly becomes evident that, with the exception of the round instead of rectangular shaped fog-lights under the grille, the front-end styling is identical to the sedan, with the hatch also gaining a shorter and upright tail.
It’s safe to assume that Fiat will keep the same exact interior design and kit as well, including a five-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and the brand’s Uconnect infotainment system, with a reduced boot capacity that should be just under 400 liters compared to the 520 liters offered on the saloon.
Engine offerings will be shared too, with the launch model to be available with two diesels, a 95PS (94hp) 1.3 Multijet II with and a 120PS (118hp) 1.6 Multijet II, and two petrols, a 95PS (94hp) 1.4-liter and a 110PS (108hp) 1.6-liter four-pot.
While the Tipo hatch will compete in the same (congested) C-segment category with rivals such as the VW Golf, Ford Focus and Renault Megane, company brass have said that they aim to offer the compact model at more affordable prices.
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