Fiat Panda 4x4 (2012–)
- August 2012
- December 2012
- January 2014: Fiat Panda 4x4 Antarctica launched
- February 2014: Fiat Panda Cross unveiled
The third generation Fiat Panda 4x4 made its debut at the Paris Motor Show. The successor to a bestseller that first appeared almost 30 years ago, today’s third-generation four-wheel drive Panda is a perfect interpretation of the spirit of the times, uniting consolidated off-road capabilities with a refined design and compact, efficient architecture. The 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 in the same assured manner.
In addition to standard equipment capable of satisfying the most demanding of customers, from a technical point of view the new Panda 4x4 has been further improved to reassert its capacity to compete with off-road vehicles of much greater dimensions and higher prices.
The 5-door Panda is 368 centimetres long, 167 centimetres wide and 160 centimetres high. The wheelbase is 230 centimetres and it has a front and rear track of 141 and 140 centimetres respectively.
The Panda 4x4 is equipped with a torque-on-demand transmission system with two differentials and an 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 that it is entirely automatic in operation and requires no maintenance.
The Panda 4x4 features an ESC (Electronic Stability Control) system with an 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 a button behind the gear lever and operates below 30mph.
Two engine versions of the Fiat Panda 4x4 will become available, both with Start&Stop: the new 85 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo and the 75 HP 1.3 MultiJet II diesel. Compared with the 1.2 Fire of the previous generation, the TwinAir Turbo has 40% more torque. In combination with a special six-speed gearbox with low-range first gear, it ensures better uphill starts, flexibility and pick-up. A similar improvement is found on the MultiJet II engine.
The new car’s rear suspension is lighter than its predecessor and provides better ride and acoustic comfort, with the same off-road performance as before.
Elegant looks are combined with impressive off-road credentials. New Panda 4x4 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 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 either its urban or off-road use, as required.
Pricing for Fiat Panda 4x4 and Trekking announced. The range starts at £13,950 for the 0.9 TwinAir 85PS 4x4, rising to £14,950 for the 1.3 16v MultiJet 4x4 diesel version. The two-wheel drive faux-SUV Trekking starts at £12,450 for the TwinAir and £13,450 for the MultiJet.
The Trekking uses 'Traction Plus', which is FIAT's equivalent of Peugeot's 'Grip Control' and employs a mix of electronics and Goodyer Vector 4 Seasons tyres to offer all the traction that most drivers are likely to need in snow with the economy of a 2WD Panda.
The new Panda 4x4 should be just as capable as the last two cars to wear that badge thanks to its permanent four-wheel drive system, skinny tyres and generous ground clearance. It's a chunky looking thing too, with body-coloured ‘4x4 style’ bumpers with satin aluminium finished skid-plate, roof rails, side mouldings with ‘4x4’ logo, black wheel arches and side skirts. The 15-inch dark alloy wheels with raised ground clearance suspension finish off the transformation to all-weather workhorse.
There are two engines offered with the Panda 4x4 - the brilliant TwinAir 0.9-litre petrol (85hp), and diesel MultiJet (75hp). The petrol car combines low emissions with reasonable performance (and a charismatic soundtrack) - maximum speed is 103mph (Trekking 106mph), official Combined Cycle fuel consumption of 57.6mpg (61.4mpg) and a CO2 figure of 114g/km (105g/km). The diesel makes 99mph (100mph), returns 60.1mpg (67.3mpg) and puts out 125g/km (109g/km).
|Panda 0.9 TwinAir 4x4||£13,950|
|Panda 1.3 16v MultiJet 4x4||£14,950|
|Panda 0.9 TwinAir Trekking||£12,450|
|Panda 1.3 16v MultiJet Trekking||£13,450|
Fiat Panda 4x4 Antarctica launched
Designed to stand out from the crowd, the Antarctica is only available in white with a black roof, orange detailing, diamond-finish 15-inch alloy wheels and special badges.
Inside, the Panda 4X4 Antarctica features grey and orange upholstery with additional standard features such as dark-tinted rear privacy glass, a height adjustable driver’s seat and three-passenger rear seat with 60/40 split/folding backrests.
Powered either by an 85PS 0.9 TwinAir petrol engine or a 75PS 1.3-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel engine, just 300 examples will be built for the UK market priced from £14,895 OTR.
Fiat Panda Cross unveiled
Based on the Panda 4x4, the Panda Cross offers even more all-terrain capability thanks to a host of new features, better performance and improved ground clearance. Key to the additional off-road ability of the Panda Cross is its standard Torque-on-Demand system, which utilises the Electronic Locking Differential and advanced Electronic Stability Control.
The advantages of this system are that it is both fully automatic and requires zero maintenance and it is controlled by the new Terrain Control selector, which offers the driver three driving modes depending on the driving situation:
- Auto – Automatic distribution of drive between the front and rear axles in accordance with the available grip
- Lock – 4WD is optimised for off-road use at speeds of up to 30mph, with distribution of torque controlled by braking slipping wheels and thus transferring the drive to those with the most grip
- Hill Descent – For optimum handling of particularly steep hill descents or when driving down extremely bumpy laneways
In addition, the Panda Cross is also fitted with oversized all-season 185/65R15 tyres, larger than those fitted to the standard Panda 4x4, which were developed specifically to combine drivability and traction in low-traction situations with positive on-road handling on both wet and dry surfaces.
The suspension of the Panda Cross has been developed to combine on-road comfort, handling, road-holding and safety with improved off-road characteristics. In addition to its generous ground clearance – 16cm for the MultiJet II version and 15cm for the TwinAir Turbo version – the Panda Cross also benefits from improved approach and departure angles:.
Two engines will be offered - the new 0.9 TwinAir Turbo engine now produces 90PS and 145Nm of torque. On the combined cycle it offers fuel consumption of 57.6mpg and emissions of 114g/km. The 1.3 MultiJet II diesel delivers a maximum power output of 80PS and 190Nm of torque. Economy is 60.1mpg with CO2 of 125g/km.
The front end features new light clusters, a new bumper and new fog lights integrated into front facia. New LED DRLs are also built into the skid plate, which is finished in a satin titanium colour with perforations that recall the Panda’s signature “squircle” motif.
From the side, wheel arch extensions, side mouldings with the ‘Cross’ logo and new roof bars with a satin titanium finish set the Panda Cross apart from its siblings, while its new 15-inch alloy wheels sport a five-spoke V design and a burnished metal finish. The rear end is also revised with a new bumper with under-body protection, echoing the design of the front skid plate, a new rear light cluster and a chrome tail pipe. Finally, new tow hooks finished in brilliant red emphasise the off-road character and complete the look of the new Panda Cross.
Inside, the new Panda Cross features unique fabric/eco-leather upholstery and a new dashboard finish with a distinctive copper fascia, while standard equipment includes a leather-trimmed steering wheel with remote controls; a leather-trimmed gear knob; automatic climate control; Blue&Me connectivity; electric door mirrors; a height-adjustable driver's seat and, of course, the new Terrain Control selector.