Fiat has introduced a new high-riding Tipo Cross model as part of a mid-life facelift for its family hatchback.
The new variant stands around 70mm taller than the standard Tipo and gains an SUV-influenced skidplate, bumpers and side skirts. Roof bars are offered on the estate version, too.
The Tipo Cross also sits on larger tyres, with Fiat saying the design changes are intended to give it “an even more robust look”. The tyres also contribute to the 40mm increase in ride height, along with a revised suspension calibration based on that of the 500X crossover.
The decision to launch the Tipo Cross follows the success of the Panda Cross, which Fiat says has helped the Panda attract new, younger customers.
Fiat has also refreshed the design of the existing Tipo hatchback and estate. All three variants have a revamped grille that features the new Fiat word-mark badge in place of the roundel previously used. The new logo was first seen on the Centoventi Concept car revealed at the 2019 Geneva motor show.
The Tipo’s front-end design also features revamped bumpers and new headlights, with LEDs featuring as standard. The car sits on 16in or 17in wheels.
Inside, the revamped Tipo features a new 7.0in digital instrument display in place of the analogue cluster offered previously. There’s also a 10.25in infotainment touchscreen, featuring Fiat’s latest Uconnect5 system, which was introduced on the new electric 500.
Fiat says the Tipo will offer a range of petrol and diesel engine, although it has yet to confirm which will reach the UK. It’s expected that the line-up will include the mild-hybrid powertrain now offered on the Panda and 500, which uses a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and a 12V belt-driven electric motor.
In European markets, the Tipo Cross will be offered with two trim levels, with three trims offered on other versions. UK pricing and specifications have yet to be confirmed.