Fiat seems to be intent on its promotions for the all-new third-generation Panda model. It was many years before the entire lineup of first-generation Panda models could be completed. But now that the series is here, Fiat is going all out with its campaign. The new Panda made its debut at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The Panda 4×4 will have its official unveiling at Paris Motor Show. What makes the new Fiat Panda 4×4 stand out from the lesser models is the use of permanent four-wheel drive, together with two electronic locking differentials. The other Pandas use just front-wheel drive. A six-speed manual transmission with a low-range first gear is the only transmission option.
There are two engines to choose from: an 85-hp 900-cc TwinAir turbocharged I-2 or a 75-hp 1.3-liter MultiJet I-4 diesel. The two engines are available with automatic start/stop for a cut in fuel consumption and emissions. The Panda 4×4 is 0.8 inches longer, one inch wider, and 1.8 inches taller than the standard car. The additional height stems from the revised suspension setup that makes use of an independent MacPherson arrangement at the front and a torsion beam at the back.
Other features that make the 4×4 different from other Pandas are its new 15-inch alloy wheels, revised front and rear fascias, and exterior cladding. The Panda 4x4 will have two new exclusive colors available. These are Sicilia orange and the Toscana green. Fiat doesn’t have any plans to offer Panda models to the U.S. market soon. It’s likely that the upcoming all-wheel drive 500X will arrive in the country. The Panda 4×4 makes its debut at the Paris Motor Show in September.