Fiat Aegea, the replacement sedan for the Linea will be called the Tipo in the EMEA( Europe, Middle-East and Africa) markets. The Tipo sales will start in December with Italy becoming the first market to be able buy it, followed by other markets. India will get to see it in 2017.
Launched at the Istanbul Motor Show in Turkey and designed at FCA Style and Centre, Italy, the Fiat Aegea will be manufactured at the company’s Bursa factor in Turkey. The Turkey plant will become the production hub for the new sedan, as the company will export this vehicle to over 40 countries from the same facility.
Tipo is a historical name for the Fiat brand and one of the reasons for resurrecting the name. Introduced in the late 1980s, the original Tipo was sold as a boxy hatchback with mass-market ambitions across the globe. It proved a strong seller in many markets, before retiring a decade later.
Fiat has confirmed that the Tipo will offer two Multijet diesel engines, 95 hp and 120 hp. They are likely to be the 1.3 Multijet capable of 95 PS and a 1.6 Multijet II with 120 hp. It will be paired to a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed manual gearboxThe Tipo’s dimensions will be identical to Aegea, which measures 4500 mm long, 1780 mm wide, 1480 mm tall, and has a wheelbase of 2640 mm. The boot space capacity is 510-litres which is really good.
Aegea will get a Uconnect infotainment system that will have a 5-inch touch-screen display supporting TomTom satellite navigation, audio streaming, hands-free bluetooth, text reader, voice recognition, USB, AUX and iPod. Other equipment includes steering mounted control, buttons arranged neatly on the silver accent flowing across the dash.
The company has reportedly planned for production in Brazil and India along with Turkey which makes us believe the company could fast track its India launch to replace the excellent but ageing Linea.