Originally Posted by AutocarToscana Green one of two new paint options unique to Panda 4x4
Fiat will launch three new variants of its Panda city car at September's Motor Show. Of greatest significance is the Panda 4x4, of which this will be the third generation offered by Fiat since te original's launch in 1982.
Fiat claims to have made significant improvements to both the on- and off-road capabilities of the new Panda 4x4. It's permanent 4WD is managed by a "Torque on demand" transmission with two differentials and electronically controlled coupling. Combined with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and an Electronic Locking Differential (ELC), which improves traction by directing power away from the wheels losing surface contact, the Panda 4x4 should again be a competent off-road tool. Its compact dimensions should also aid its mud-plugging talents.
Suspension for the Panda 4x4 is now by a MacPherson set up at the front and a torsion beam arrangement at the rear. The latter replaces the semi-trailing arms of the previous Panda 4x4 which maintains the off-road performance of the last car whilst also reducing weight and increasing on-road refinement.
The Panda 4x4 will be available with two engines; a 84bhp, turbocharged 875cc TwinAir petrol and a 74bhp, 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel. The former boasts 40 per cent more torque than the 1.2-litre Fire perviously used. This should again assist off-road when combined with the low-range first ratio of the six-speed manual gearbox.
Inside, the Panda 4x4 features a distinctive green fascia and three colour options (green, beige or orange) for the seats. 'Eco-leather' can be found throughout the interior.
Two unique exterior paint options, Sicilia Orange and Toscana Green, will be offered on the Panda 4x4. Fiat says the new hues 'enhance its 4x4 looks'.
The Panda Trekking and Natural Power models will also be exhibited by Fiat at Paris. The former is front wheel-drive but imitates the looks of the 4x4 and comes equipped with Traction+ technology to improve its performance on low-traction surfaces. The Natural Power Panda features a TwinAir engine that runs on a dual fuel combination of methane and petrol, further boosting its environmental credentials.