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.
The new Fiat Panda expresses brightness and attractiveness as well as a predominant Italian styling, making it immediately recognisable as soon as you lay eyes on it. It bears a number of human-like characteristics in the front. The slightly curved hood meets the refined grille and the new front lights that are rounded in shape. This all reminds one of a face with an inviting smile, tempting you to go on a light-hearted and cheerful spin. The same visual components convey a feeling of family with the other recent Fiats and specifically emphasise their connection with the other successful urban vehicle successor of an international motoring icon, the new 500.
The design team added a personal touch to this human-like visage, making the Panda a sturdy, comfortable vehicle that has more space than what is normally expected from a car of that size. The passenger section is meant to be a single, comfortable space for better on-board quality of life, including for the kids.
To prove that, the parcel shelf turns into an effective, firm place for toys and, for something never seen before, the door panels and roof are decorated with graphic patterns to create an appealing view of the sky to enthrall old and young passengers. And the radio interface has a pleasing and easy-to-use set-up, much like the previous generation portable control panels. All the controls are grouped into two sections so that the driver can find and use them easily.
New Panda’s creation drew inspiration from the most current innovations. It combines a sophisticated exterior restyling with flowing, curved lines on a regularly formed volume so that available room is used efficiently. The fact that there are no corners communicates solidness and highlights the enticing protective shell of the passenger compartment. The exterior’s round shapes also blend visual and aerodynamic styling for a Cx lowered to 0.32, one of the best in this segment.