Fiat Wants to Turn the Tipo Into an SUV Due to Great Demand

Fiat CEO Olivier Francois wants to release a model that will compete with such successful cars as the Volkswagen T-Roc, Hyundai Tucson, Nissan Qashqai and others.

The Tipo is doing well, but it’s not an SUV. And since that’s where the money is today, the next generation of the Tipo must migrate into a more relevant space, which is SUV

said Olivier Francois.

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Fiat has several ways of further development of the Tipo. They can keep the hatchback, sedan and station wagon, turning the latter into a rival of the Kia XCeed. The company can also expand the model range with a compact SUV or completely abandon it, turning the Tipo into an SUV instead. This is how the head of the company commented on the situation.

But family transportation is probably more in the Qashqai body style. Who is doing well? The budget-conscious ones such as Skoda, Seat, Kia and Hyundai. So yes, we belong there. Honestly, I wish we had something today. But it’s very important for us to feed that part of the Fiat range without too much delay

said Fiat CEO.

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Fiat's ambitions are expected to be supported by FCA-PSA, although it is unclear whether cars such as the Peugeot 3008, Citroen C5 Aircross and Opel Grandland X will share their platform or not. FIat is also interested in creating a supermini. Production of the Punto ended a couple of years ago, so Fiat was left without a competitor to the Volkswagen Polo, Renault Clio and Ford Fiesta. In order to launch such a model, the company can also turn to PSA, which produces cars such as the Peugeot 208 and Opel Corsa.

We need a B-sector [vehicle]

Francois said.

It’s not a mystery. That project has been postponed continuously. Now, it is under development. But it would be premature to speak of this model. We will have a B-sector for sure.

he concluded.

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