Based on the previous flagship, the S-Design variant, the Sport adds a range of race-derived aesthetic touches to the mix, including a new front bumper, sportier side skirts and black door handles. A rear diffuser and a roof spoiler are also included in the £19,255 asking price.
That comes on top of all the equipment found in the latest iteration of the S-Design model. Black fog light bezels and door mirrors complement the black grille, while the whole car sits on 18-inch, two-tone diamond-cut alloy wheels.
Inside, there’s a new ‘total black’ interior with part-leather upholstery, while tinted rear windows add to the blackout look. In the centre of the dash, though, there’s a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation and optional Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity systems.
Lurking behind the dash (or in front of it, depending on your perspective) is a 1.4-litre petrol engine. Opt for the cheapest Sport model, and it’s a 94 bhp unit with a six-speed manual gearbox, but spending an extra £1,320 will buy you a turbocharged unit with 118 bhp.
The second addition to the Tipo range is the Mirror model. It replaces the outgoing and obscurely named Easy Plus variant, and combines extra technology with chrome touches all round.
That chrome is the headline change externally, with brightwork on the door handles, lower window line, lower grille surround, fog light bezels and mirror caps. There’s a set of 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels thrown in, too, along with a ‘Mirror’ badge on the pillar and a Mirror Blue paint finish.
Inside, meanwhile, there’s the same seven-inch touchscreen you’ll find in the Sport, albeit without the satellite navigation feature. It is available with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, though, giving the car more integrated smartphone connectivity.
Prices for the Mirror start at £16,155, which makes it £1,250 more expensive than the basic Easy model with the same engine. That money buys you the same 1.4-litre 94 bhp petrol powerplant found in the basic Sport model, although you can upgrade to the Sport’s 1.4-litre 118 bhp turbocharged petrol engine or the equally powerful 1.6-litre diesel. And unlike the Sport, you can even have an estate version with a bigger boot, although that commands a £1,000 premium.