Were the New Fiat Tipo Cross a Dodge, It Could Aim for the Subaru Crosstrek’s Jugular
With the demise of the Grand Caravan minivan and the Journey crossover, Dodge’s 2021 model lineup is down to just three vehicles: the Charger sedan, the Challenger coupe and the Durango SUV. Still, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could easily inflate the used Dodge lineup with a Fiat Tipo bearing the Dodge badge. We do not offer just any Tipo either, but the new Tipo Cross, the orange pseudo-SUV shown here.
Think of the Tipo Cross as the regular Tipo like the Subaru Crosstrek at the regular Impreza. While the updated Fiat Tipo is a pretty good looking and compact car, the Tipo Cross takes things up a notch with its rugged SUV styling. Limited to the hatchback body style (the standard Tipo is also available as a sedan or wagon), the Cross accommodates a more aggressive front fairing (filled with fake front skid plate), fender skin and a lift of 1, 6 inch. No, the Tipo Cross won’t chase any Jeep Wranglers or Land Rover Defenders off the beaten track, but it certainly offers more capability than its non-Cross counterparts.
Like all Tipos, the Cross gets a myriad of updates for 2021. This includes reworked styling with standard LED headlights and taillights, as well as the latest iteration of the Fiat badge. This last point doesn’t matter to us, however, as we’d like to see the Tipo Cross adopt a cross grille instead. (The front of the car vaguely resembles the long-gone Dodge Dart, so the transformation would be easy.) Meanwhile, the interior features updated technology, such as the latest UConnect infotainment system from FCA (which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless. Compatibility), a 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment screen, and a 7.0-inch digital gauge cluster.
Power comes from either a 100 horsepower turbocharged 1.3-liter three-cylinder engine or a 130-horsepower diesel engine. Frankly, neither unit looks particularly ready for the US, and we would recommend FCA to install the Fiat 500X’s 177-horsepower 1.3-liter inline-four in our proposed Dodge Tipo Cross, or its four. the ubiquitous 2.4-liter four. -cylinder. While we’re making recommendations, how about a cooler name too? Why not dust off something like the old Raider nameplate for that – theoretical – Crosstrek competitor wearing the Dodge badge?
Fiat plans to start sales of the updated Tipo across the pond before the end of the year. When or ifWhether the Tipo Cross is wearing a Dodge badge depends on a number of internal factors that we are also not aware of. Still, a Tipo Cross with American specifications would bring Dodge a new essential metal in a highly competitive segment.
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