Fiat is doing what it can to keep its Tipo budget car relevant and lately, that means launching new trim levels in the hope they will increase sales.
Last year we’ve seen two of those launched, the Tipo Mirror and Tipo Street, and now it’s time for Fiat to bring a Tipo Sport into the world. Don’t get fooled by its name, the Sport isn’t that sporty beyond the attractive body kit.
Based on the five-door Tipo S-Design, the Sport version adds a sharper-looking front bumper, more prominent side skirts, a big roof spoiler, and a new rear bumper with an integrated diffuser.
Several gloss black elements such as the grille, fog light bezels, 18-inch alloy wheels in a diamond-cut finish, and mirror caps round off the exterior upgrades. Additionally, the tinted rear windows and optional black roof complement go together with the Passione Red exterior color quite nicely.
While the exterior may trick some into believing it’s a Tipo hot hatch, the cabin is quite tame. The all-black interior features leather and fabric seats with double-stitched seams and cross-pattern techno-leather upholstery on the steering wheel and gear lever knob. The Tipo Sport comes standard with the 7-inch Uconnect HD Live infotainment system that offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The list of optional extras is topped by the bi-xenon headlights.
In addition to all the styling upgrades, the Fiat Tipo Sport gains two new engines but they’re not even warm hatch material. A 95PS (94hp) 1.4-liter gasoline unit and a 95PS (94hp) 1.3-liter MultiJet diesel join the existing 120PS (118hp) 1.4-liter T-Jet and the 120PS (118hp) 1.6-liter MultiJet.