MILAN -- Fiat has launched a new variant of the Tipo compact family called the Tipo Cross, a hatchback with SUV styling that offers a higher driving position.
The Tipo Cross is 18 mm (0.7 inches) longer and 10 mm (0.39 inches) wider than the Tipo hatchback, and 61 mm (2.4 inches) taller, thanks to new roof bars, different tire and wheel combinations, and a re-calibrated suspension.
Fiat says target buyers for the Tipo Cross are "young families, with a dynamic lifestyle, who seek functionality, space but also style and content at an affordable price."
The starting price in Italy is 21,500 euros ($26,200).
The Tipo Cross will help the Italian automaker reduce its reliance on its home market for sales.
Fiat brand's Europe boss, Luca Napolitano, said in an online presentation on Wednesday that 75 percent of all Tipos are sold outside Italy.
Fiat's best-seller in Europe is the Panda, with sales of 117,865 in the region through October, according to JATO Dynamics market researchers. Three quarters of Panda sales are in Italy.
European sales of the Tipo fell 38 percent to 42,615 in the first 10 months, according to JATO Dynamics. The Tipo slipped to 11th in the compact segment in the first half from 10th in 2019.
Like all its siblings, the Tipo Cross is built in Turkey by Tofas, a joint venture between FCA and the Turkish group Koc.