Fiat’s CEO for the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions, Alfredo Altavilla, has confirmed his company will debut the Fiat Tipo station wagon and hatchback at this week’s 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
Altavilla confirmed the models’ arrival when speaking to Italian publication Corriere Della Sera. The Tipo is Fiat’s first C-segment car since the slow-selling Bravo was discontinued in Europe in 2014 and will hope to right the wrongs Fiat has made in the ultra-popular segment in years prior.
“The Geneva Motor Show will be an unprecedented event for FCA, the most significant in years,” said Altavilla. “We expose news for all brands in the group, completing the Fiat Tipo family with two other models, the five-door and station wagon, which mark our return in the most important category of the European market, the C-segment that is chosen by families.”
The Tipo debuted last year at the Istanbul Motor Show, however only the sedan was shown. Both the hatchback and station wagon variants have been spied testing since the sedan was shown, so their arrival at Geneva is hardly a surprise for those that have been keeping tabs on the new family car.
The Tipo will be offered with a range of four-cylinder gas and diesel engines. Fiat’s 1.4-liter Fire and 1.6-liter E.torQ engines cover the gas part of the lineup, while its 1.3-liter and 1.6-liter MultiJet II diesels make up the diesel portion. The car rides on the automaker’s Small Wide LWB architecture, which also underpins the Fiat 500L, Ram ProMaster City and the upcoming Fiat Toro pickup.
Corriere Della Sera also published a teaser image of the Tipo station wagon, shown above, however it’s not clear if it’s an authentic Fiat-made image. Luckily we’ll have to wait less than 24 hours to see the Tipo station wagon and five-door hatchback in their entireties.