2013 Fiat Panda 4x4 debuts ahead of Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on September 1, 2012

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.

Press Release

Fiat Panda 4x4

The new Fiat Panda 4x4 - the only A segment four-wheel drive model - made its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

The successor to a bestseller which first appeared almost 30 years ago, today's third-generation four-wheel drive Panda is a perfect interpretation of the spirit of the times, proving itself able to unite consolidated off-road capabilities with a refined design and compact, efficient architecture. The Fiat Panda 4x4 is the superlative expression of the model's great versatility, a genuine "Super Panda", ready to tackle mountain mule tracks and the urban jungle with the same cool.

In addition to standard equipment able to satisfy the most demanding of customers, from a technical point of view, the new Panda 4x4 improves itself once again and reasserts its admirable capacity to compete with off-road cars of much greater dimensions (as well as much higher prices).

Style and dimensions

With five doors, the car is 368 centimetres long, 167 centimetres wide and 160 centimetres high. The wheelbase is 230 centimetres long. It has a front track of 141 centimetres and a rear track of 140.

For the look of the new Fiat Panda 4x4, Fiat Centro Stile designers started from the idea of consolidating its purely functional design features, adding small details that convey the image of an extremely sophisticated multifunctional mini SUV. Looks are strongly characterised by the marked geometric lines of the front and rear bumpers with aluminium colour cosmetic inserts to underline the presence of metallic protection under the body.

Unlike the previous generation, the tailpipes of the new Fiat Panda 4x4 seamlessly follow the lines of the body and ensure complete protection for the lower part of the car. Two body colours now complement the existing colour palette to enhance its 4x4 looks: Sicilia orange (pastel) and Toscana green (metallic).

The interiors pick up the solutions adopted on 4x2 versions with some important innovations: a new green fascia variant framing the instruments and the large storage pocket, fabric seats with a special design in three colour variant (green, beige, orange) 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 4x2 versions.

"Torque on demand" four-wheel drive and ELD (Electronic Locking Differential) function

The Fiat Panda 4x4 is equipped with a "Torque on demand" transmission system with two differentials and electronically controlled coupling. This is a permanent four-wheel drive system managed by an electronic control unit which, by analysing vehicle signals, distributes traction on the front and rear axle homogenously and proportionally according to road grip conditions. The advantages of this system are entirely automatic operation and no maintenance.

The Fiat Panda 4x4 features the ESC (Electronic Stability Control) system with ELD (Electronic Locking Differential) function as standard. This system provides additional assistance while driving and setting off uphill on slippery terrain (snow, ice, mud etc.). More specifically, the ELD acts by braking the wheels with poor grip (or those slipping more than the others), thereby transferring the drive force to those which have more grip on the ground. This function can be activated manually by pressing the button behind the gear lever and operates below 50 km/h.

Engine versions

Two engine versions for the Fiat Panda 4x4 will be available, both with Start&Stop: the new 85 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo and the 75 HP 1.3 MultiJet II diesel. With respect to the 1.2 Fire of the previous generation, the TwinAir Turbo has 40% more torque. This in combination with the special six-speed gearbox with low-range first gear ensures much better uphill starts, quality when starting, flexibility and pick-up. A similar improvement is found on the MultiJet II engine, where torque is increased by 30%.


The suspension system of an all-wheel drive car has two main tasks to fulfil. It must ensure all typically 2WD features such as passenger comfort, handling, road hold and safety, and at the same time it must provide better characteristics for tackling any type of terrain, particularly off-road. Engineers worked on these parameters to reach both objectives. Levels of absolute excellence have been reached with a particular eye to comfort and off-road performance. For this reason, two tried and tested layouts were chosen: an independent MacPherson arrangement at the front and an interconnected wheel with torsion beam layout at the rear, specifically developed for the four-wheel drive version. With respect to the semi-trailing arm solution of the previous generation, the rear suspension is lighter and provides better ride and acoustic comfort with the same off-road performance as before.


Elegant looks combined with real off-road mechanics. Here is, in brief, the spirit of the new model which continues the extraordinary success of the previous Fiat Panda 4x4 and is destined to be the benchmark in this particular market segment thanks to its refined style, attention to detail and comprehensive equipment. This is demonstrated by a complete and unique range of standard equipment: ESC system with ELD, manual climate control system, CD/MP3 radio, 15" burnished alloy rims, 175/65 R15 M+S tyres, electric rear-view mirrors, central locking system with remote control and rear head restraints. A vast range of optional equipment and accessories is available, to further enhance its mainly urban or off-road use as required.

Trekking and Natural Power: the Panda family gets bigger

The Panda has the most extensive, versatile range in its category, and to confirm this two important new Panda family members will be making their debut in Paris: the Trekking and Natural Power versions. The first is the link between the 4x2 and the 4x4 version by combining off-road looks with smart front-wheel drive by implementing Traction+ technology. This is an innovative traction control system, which improves handling on slippery terrain guaranteeing excellent performance when setting off. There is also the new Panda Natural Power equipped with a dual fuel (methane and petrol) 80 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo engine to combine all the running cost and eco-friendly advantages of methane with Turbo TwinAir technology for excellent fuel consumption, emission and performance values.

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