Say hello to the new Fiat Tipo Cross.
While Fiat's US model range is shrinking with the discontinuation of the iconic 500, its European lineup is only getting bigger, as the refreshed Fiat Tipo brings its first ever crossover sibling: the Tipo Cross. Essentially, this is Italy's answer to the Subaru Crosstrek and Mazda CX-30; decidedly more car than utility vehicle, but plenty versatile, with a modicum of adventurousness.
Despite the crossover craze showing no signs of slowing in the US, the Fiat Tipo Cross won't be coming to America, which is a shame because this is one stylish-looking subcompact crossover.
Each of the models in the Fiat Tipo range gains refreshed styling incorporating the new Fiat logo with prominent Fiat lettering, new LED headlights, a redesigned front bumper cover, and new 16 or 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the cabin has been overhauled from head to toe, with a new seven-inch digital instrument cluster available in place of the old analog panel, and an available 10.25-inch Uconnect infotainment system carried over from the new Fiat 500. The steering wheel design is new, too, and more compact than the outgoing part.
Based on the five-door hatchback, the new Fiat Tipo Cross was designed to suit the changing needs of families who favor crossovers over wagons or five-door cars.
Compared to the regular Tipo, Fiat's new crossover is taller thanks to a higher-riding suspension and larger tires, and it has a unique lower grille with more obvious-looking bezels. Plastic body cladding and skid plates give the Tipo Cross a more rugged appearance overall.
Under the hood, the 2020 Fiat Tipo is powered by a new 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine producing 100 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque, which is five more hp and 46 more lb-ft than the current model's naturally-aspirated 1.4-liter unit. A more efficient 1.6-liter diesel engine is also available with outputs of either 95 and 130 hp, the latter up from 120 hp.
While Fiat currently has no plans to bring the Tipo Cross stateside, we could see something like it making its way onto our roads eventually, with or without the Fiat badge. But we won't hold our breath.