Fiat marks 30th anniversary of 4X4 with Antarctica special edition

Article by Anita Panait, on January 23, 2014

Fiat is celebrating 30 years and 500,000 sales of its Fiat Panda 4X4 all-wheel-drive city car by launching a special edition. The Fiat Panda 4X4 Antarctica features a white body with a black roof, as well as orange detailing, diamond-finish 15-inch alloy wheels and special badges. The interior of the Fiat Panda 4X4 Antarctica features grey and orange upholstery with more standard features like dark-tinted rear privacy glass, a height adjustable driver’s seat and three-passenger rear seat with 60:40 split/folding backrests.

Just like the typical Fiat Panda 4X4 sold in the United Kingdom, the special edition also features air conditioning, ESC stability control, an electronic locking differential (ELD), specially tuned suspension and mud-and-snow tires as well as rugged bodywork protection.

The Fiat Panda 4X4 Antarctica is powered either by an 85hp 0.9 TwinAir petrol engine or a 75hp 1.3-liter MultiJet II turbo diesel engine, allowing this city car to offers both low running costs and off-road capability.

Only 300 examples of the FIAT Panda 4X4 Antarctica will be produced and marketed for the UK market. They will have a starting price of £14,895 OTR and will be available on a PCP from just £229 deposit and £229 monthly.

On the other hand, there has been a strong demand for the standard FIAT Panda 4X4 that Fiat has created a waiting list. Customers who place orders could have their FIAT Panda 4X4 delivered in March 2014, just in time for the new ‘14’ registration plate. The FIAT Panda 4X4 was recently tagged as ‘2014 Mini 4X4’ by the 4X4 Magazine. It was also named Top Gear magazine’s SUV of the Year in 2012.

Already having that powerful “Italian style,” the new Fiat Panda also displays a combination of appeal and freshness to make it easy to identify even with a first look. This is mainly because of some qualities on the front end that can be described as “anthropomorphic.” The bonnet for example, and its slightly convex form, when combined with the rounded shape of the headlamps in the front and the horizontal elegant grille, gives the front end the appearance similar to a smiling face.

With this, it appears as if the Panda is inviting people to go inside and take a cheerful and light-hearted drive. These same visual elements are also the ones responsible for giving the new models of the brand that feeling of family. Specifically, it puts focus on the relationship this model has with another highly successful city car, the new 500, considered as the new heir as it relates to being an international motoring icon.

While the new Fiat Panda does have that “human” quality, the brand gave it a dash of personality to give this car a solid and more reassuring feel. The interior also offers more room than what one would expect from a vehicle having this size. Designed as a single and comfortable space, the passenger compartment ensures that the quality of life inside is enhanced, even that of children.

One good example would be the parcel shelf that can be transformed to become a rigid platform that is just as useful. Here, children can put their toys. There is also the way some of the graphic patterns placed on the car’s roof, as well as the panels, result in what can be described as an attractive “sky” above the heads. This particular feature is in fact a first for the segment.

The radio interface meanwhile has that intuitive and pleasant appearance, much like the portable consoles inside the last generation. Further, all of the buttons and the controls have been divided into two groups, allowing ease of use especially for the driver. In creating the new Panda, the brand took inspiration from many of the up-to-date trends. This is why when looking at the exterior, it has been restyled to bring out that elegance.

Making this possible was the use of rounded and smooth lines on the regular form’s volume. This was done in order to use more effectively the available space. Since there are no corners, it puts focus on the passenger compartment and its protective and welcoming “shell” quality. It also gives it a solid feel. All of the aerodynamic features plus the aesthetics characteristics and the rounded shape give the new Panda one of the best Cx in the segment, measured at 0.32.

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