Fiat announces UK pricing for Panda 4x4 and Panda Trekking

Article by Christian A., on December 17, 2012

Fiat Group Automobiles UK has recently announced the pricing information for the rugged new Panda 4x4 and Panda Trekking. The Panda has been very successful, with 6.5 million cars produced in more than three decades. Notably, the 4x4 version was first presented in 1983. The newest range, the third generation, is priced from £13,950 OTR for the 0.9 TwinAir 85hp 4x4.

The price goes up to £14,950 OTR for the 1.3 16v MultiJet 4x4 diesel version. The two-wheel drive Trekking has a starting price of £12,450 OTR for the TwinAir version and £13,450 for the MultiJet. The new Panda 4x4 -- the off-road version of the new Panda – has a permanent four-wheel drive system.

The stunning car comes with body-coloured ‘4x4 style’ bumpers with satin aluminium finished skid-plate, roof rails, side mouldings with ‘4x4’ logo, black wheel arches and side skirts, 15-inch dark alloy wheels and raised ground clearance suspension. The interior of the Panda 4x4 features twin-coloured seats, coloured dashboard, door panels in coloured ‘eco-leather’, and a gloss black instrument surround.

Same treatment is given to the Trekking models but what’s different is it gets a black skid-plate rather than satin aluminium and lighter finish alloy wheels.

Full engine line-up includes the award-winning TwinAir 0.9-litre petrol (85hp), enabling the Panda 4x4 to achieve a top speed of 103mph (Trekking 106mph), official Combined Cycle fuel consumption of 57.6mpg (61.4mpg) and a CO2 emissions level of 114g/km (105g/km). On the other hand, the MultiJet (75hp) offers incredible figures of a top speed of 99mph (100mph), fuel economy of 60.1mpg (67.3mpg) and CO2 emissions of 125g/km (109g/km).

The new five-door Fiat Panda Trekking is an authentic city SUV as it brags an astounding internal volume for a small exterior size. Its passenger compartment features great flexibility as it comes with a wide range of seating adjustments. It is also equipped with wide glazed areas to ensure excellent visibility and road command. The car’s driving position is also made higher and its gear lever is placed in the dashboard center to provide easy handling.

Being the roomiest among all the other models in its segment, the Panda Trekking can house five people despite its height of 160 cm, width of 368 cm, and a 230-cm wheelbase. It is also capable of lodging about 225 to 260 liters if the rear seat is fully pushed forward. If the rear seat backrest is folded, it may extend up to 870 liters.

Aside from being spacious, this new model’s passenger compartment is also very comfortable and functional as it comes with different seating configurations. The driver’s seat for instance comes with an adjustable height and a fold-down backrest table that can also be fitted with the front passenger seat.

The backrest table can hold up objects like laptops, handbags or any other item. When rear seats are folded down, it provides a plain loading surface of more than two meters which allows maximum use of the car’s interior space.

Press Release

The Fiat Panda is available in four versions: 4x4, Trekking, Natural Power and EasyPower

Fiat Panda Trekking is the link between the 4x2 and the 4x4 version, it combines off-road looks with smart front-wheel drive and "Traction+" technology. That's what makes this new car the perfect solution for those who mainly use their vehicles in the city, but want to travel safely on surfaces with poorer road grip during all their outdoor activities. All of this without compromising on the space and versatility so unique to an SUV which is compact on the outside but surprisingly large on the inside. This is how Panda Trekking became Fiat's first 5-door 'City Utility Vehicle' in the segment.


From a stylistic point of view, the new Fiat Panda Trekking is perfectly in line with the 4x4 version: the only differences are the cosmetic treatment of the alloy rims (aluminium instead of burnished) and the absence of a silver skid plate. Like on the Panda 4x4, the new model is characterised by the marked geometric lines of the front and rear bumpers, while the tailpipes seamlessly follow the lines of the body. For those who choose the 4x4 look, two new body colours now complement the existing colour palette: Sicilia orange (pastel) and Toscana green (metallic).

The interiors pick up the solutions adopted on 4x2 versions with a few significant exceptions: a new green fascia variant frames the instruments and the large storage pocket, there are fabric seats with a special design in three colour options (green, beige, pumpkin) and eco-leather details, front and rear door panels also with eco-leather inserts and finally a high console over the central tunnel which adds a further storage compartment to the 14 already present on the 4x2 versions.

Engine versions

The Fiat Panda Trekking is available with the following engines: 85 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo, 80 HP TwinAir Turbo Natural Power and 75 HP 1.3 MultiJet II. Along with their 5-speed manual gearboxes, these are all state-of-the-art power units, both in terms of performance and in terms of fuel consumption and emissions, reinforcing Fiat Automobile's constant focus on environmental issues, by researching and developing specific solutions that are accessible and ready-to-use.

"Traction+": increased safety on any road surface

A key feature of the 85 HP Trekking 0.9 TwinAir Turbo and the 75 HP Trekking 1.3 MultiJet II is their adoption of "Traction+" as standard, an innovative traction control system that improves handling on difficult and slippery terrain and also costs far less than conventional 4x4 drive. "Traction+," combined with the specially designed 175/65 R15 84T M+S tyres (standard) is therefore perfectly in tune with the Panda concept: a car for doing whatever you want.

The new "Traction +" system uses the advanced hardware present on cars equipped with ESC, but is far more than a simple extension of ESC. Thanks to special algorithms for controlling and managing the braking system, the control unit electronically simulates the behaviour of a self-locking electromechanical differential. Software optimisations and the fact that force is applied through the normal (hydraulic) braking circuit makes the system's action more progressive than that of conventional systems. Though performance is easily comparable, the system is much lighter. The system is activated using a button on the dashboard, and can be operated at speeds of up to 30 km/h.

This is how it works. Under conditions of low or zero grip from any drive wheel, the control unit detects slip and commands the hydraulic circuit to apply braking force to the slipping wheel, thus shifting drive to the wheel on the surface offering better grip. This makes it easy to drive, maintains directional stability and control, and ensures the best possible traction even over the roughest and most slippery surfaces.

The Fiat Panda Trekking is therefore at ease even on rough and challenging terrains, as demonstrated by its excellent "typical off-road angles": 20° (attack), 36° (exit) and 20° (elevation) in the version fitted with the 1.3 MultiJet II 75 HP engine, which become 20° - 36° - 16° for the Panda Trekking 0.9 TwinAir and for the Panda Trekking 0.9 TwinAir Natural Power.

Compact on the outside, spacious and flexible on the inside

Offered with five doors and with the passenger room of a higher segment, the new Fiat Panda Trekking is an authentic City SUV, in that it efficiently combines its smaller external size with a surprising internal volume. The passenger compartment also boasts great flexibility - thanks above all to the variety of seating adjustments available - and excellent visibility and command of the road due to the extensive glazed areas, the high driving position and the gear lever positioned at the centre of the dashboard.

In fact, even though it is just 368 centimetres long, 167 cm wide and 160 cm high with a wheelbase of 230 centimetres, the new vehicle can accommodate up to five people and boasts a boot amongst the most spacious in its segment: 225 litres which can be extended to 260 with the sliding rear seat pushed fully forward or 870 litres with the backrest of the rear seats folded.

As well as being spacious, the passenger compartment of the new Trekking is also functional and comfortable thanks to the variety of seating configurations. For example: the driver's seat is also available with adjustable height while the front passenger seat can be fitted with a fold-down table backrest. In this latter case, this means you can benefit from a handy support surface both for common objects, such as a handbag or a laptop, as well as for more unusual items: when the rear seats are also folded down, the customer can obtain a flat loading surface for the entire length of the passenger compartment (more than 2 metres), allowing maximum use of the interior space.

The rear seat ensures the same versatility. It is available in the standard 2-seater version with folding unsplit backrest or, on request, in the following configurations: 2 seats, sliding lengthwise, with 50/50 split folding backrest; 3 seats with folding backrest; and 3 seats with 60/40 split folding backrest. This can all be made even more functional if combined with the handy and useful "cargo box" container that when placed in the boot lets you both stow several objects inside of it or obtain an all but flat loading surface.

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