Fiat sets prices for 2012 Panda starting at £8900

Article by Anita Panait, on February 10, 2012

Fiat Group Automobiles UK Ltd. has released the pricing for its Panda unit, which will be available for sale in the UK at the end of February. A base Panda has an on-the-road price of £8900, while a top-of-the-range version carries an OTR tag of £12,250.  This pricing provides an outstanding value for money and places the Panda as one of its benchmark competitors. 

Panda buyers could choose from three engine choices: 69bhp 1.2-litre petrol, 85bhp 0.9-litre TwinAir, and 75bhp 1.3-litre MultiJet 2 turbodiesel. All engines boast of low-fuel consumption and low emission, and carry Euro 5 specifications. The Fiat Panda is also available in three different trim options: Pop, Easy and Lounge.

The entry level Pop trim is fitted with standard equipment that includes electric windows, central locking, Dualdrive electric power steering, four airbags and body color bumpers. A buyer may opt to add other features like ESP, roof rails and black pastel paint. 

Easy trim version, meanwhile, will have additional features: remote central locking, air conditioning, roof rails and a higher grade audio system. The Lounge version will be added with heated electric mirrors, 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps, body colored mirrors and door handles, and side mouldings.

All versions have safety features like six airbags, double seatbelt pretensioners, an active anti-whiplash head restraint system, and optional ESP. For the first time, the Fiat Panda is installed with the Low Speed Collision Mitigation system, which could automatically activate emergency braking at speeds less than 30km/h.

The system utilizes a laser sensor on the windscreen to scan a space a short distance in front of the Panda to determine the risk of a collision. Fiat has sold over six million examples of the Panda, and hopes this popularity would extend to the actual, yet larger and more sophisticated version.

Fiat Panda has a friendly design that has long reflected emotional and rational values. Now entering its 3rd generation, the new Fiat Panda joins together the best characteristics of its 1st- and 2nd- generation models, but brings its very own personality too, allowing the Panda legend to move forward once again.

Centro Stile Fiat designers contend that the new Panda design expresses a stronger vision of combined personality and utility than its predecessor. The designers wanted to create this evolution by emphasizing that the Panda is one timeless classic as well as an integral member of Fiat Automobiles’ family.

Thanks to comprehensive restyling, the new Fiat Panda's lines are now more rounded than its predecessor. This softening and this absence of corners convey sophistication and solidity and they also make the car look bigger than what its actual dimensions suggest. The car’s sleek new look also aims to lend the passenger compartment a protective and welcoming feel. What’s more, with this design, the car is able to deliver a 0.32 drag coefficient, which is one of the lowest in its class.

The softened lines continue throughout the car’s shape. Side windows are shaped to maximize the outward visibility for additional safety, while giving a sense of airiness to the cabin. All the windows have rounded-off corners, too, and as is a signature of the 2nd generation Panda, the third window on the sides is less angular. These features also merge with the car’s rear light clusters, set higher to lessen the possibility of damage due to minor knocks, while also making them more visible.

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