New Fiat Panda Cross revealed
The Fiat Panda 4x4 is already known as a small but tough car that's as comfortable in city traffic as it is taking on tricky off-road terrain. For motorists looking for something even tougher while still remaining a compact car, however, there's now the Panda Cross.
Fiat will hand the Panda Cross its public debut appearance at next month's Geneva Motor Show. The exterior design of the Panda has been given a more imposing and highly distinctive transformation. Updates include new light clusters, a new bumper and new integrated fog lights. The Panda Cross also sports extended wheel arches, new roof bars, new 15-inch alloy wheels and a new rear bumper with extra under-body protection.
Inside the Panda Cross has unique fabric/eco-leather upholstery and a new dashboard finish with a distinctive copper fascia. Standard equipment will include automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and electric mirrors.
To allow the Panda Cross to better handle off-road terrain, the small 4x4 will feature a 'Torque-on-Demand' transmission system.
This clever feature utilises the car's electronic stability control (ESC) and electronic locking differential to manage engine torque. With this the Panda Cross should be able to deliver the required amount of power to keep the car moving when driving in trickier conditions.
The Panda Cross also has a new Terrain Control selector, offering the driver the choice of three driving modes depending on the conditions. It also features chunky all-season tyres and hill descent control to give the driver more assurance when driving down hill.
This Fiat isn't just a pure off-roader, however, as the suspension has been specifically tuned so that the Panda Cross also offers a comfortable drive on normal roads as well.
From launch there will be two engine options to choose, an 89bhp 0.9-litre TwinAir turbo petrol and a 79bhp 1.3-litre MultiJet turbodiesel.
The TwinAir engine here is more powerful then the version found on the standard Panda 4x4. It remains an efficient unit, returning a combined fuel economy of 57.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 114g/km.
The diesel for the Panda Cross returns a combined fuel economy of 60.1mpg and its CO2 emissions are just 125g/km.
The new Fiat Panda Cross is set to go on sale this autumn, with prices, equipment specifications and technical details due to be confirmed in the near future.