The Panda Trekking was designed as a more economical but less capable alternative to the 4x4.
While it keeps the same looks and higher riding suspension of the Panda 4x4, the Trekking ditches the all-wheel drive system for a front-wheel drive configuration and instead relies only on a standard traction control system to improve its performance on low-traction surfaces.
It is offered with the same engine and transmission choices as the 4x4 – albeit without the shorter first gear.
Fiat describes thenew Panda 4x4as the “only genuine ‘pocket’ 4x4 car” in the European market and a “Jack of all trades” capable of tackling “mountain mule tracks and the urban jungle” with the same ease.
The Panda 4x4 rides on a jacked up suspension that offers a higher ground clearance over the regular 2WD model, while rolling on 15-inch wheels wrapped in 175/65 R15 84T M+S tires developed specifically for this model.
It gets permanent all-wheel drive that is managed through a “Torque on demand” system with two differentials and electronically controlled coupling, while also featuring an ESC (Electronic Stability Control) system with ELD (Electronic Locking Differential) function as standard.
The Panda 4x4 is available with two engine options, an 84hp (85PS) 0.9-liter TwinAir Turbo petrol and the 74hp (75PS) 1.3-liter MultiJet II diesel, both with fuel saving Start&Stop tech and a six-speed manual gearbox with shortened first gear.
A subtle styling kit that adds chunky door sills with matching black mouldings around the wheel arches and the bumpers that also house silver-colored skid plates, completes the transformation.
There is a new small crossover in town and it’s named the 2013 Fiat Panda 4x4
Based on the regular five-door Panda tall hatchback, the 4x4 is 3,680mm long, 1,670mm wide and 1,600mm tall. It rides on a 2,300mm wheelbase and has a front track of 1,410mm and a rear track of 1,400mm.
The designers at the Fiat Centro Stile gave the Panda 4x4 a tougher look on the outside by adding small details such as the chunky door sills and the matching black mouldings around the wheel arches and the bumpers, which also house silver-colored skid plates.
The all-wheel drive model rides on newly designed 15-inch alloy rims, shod in 175/65 R15 M+S tires.
The 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 that distributes traction between the front and rear axle according to road grip conditions.
An ESC (Electronic Stability Control) system with ELD (Electronic Locking Differential) function comes as standard.
The suspension system of the all-wheel model includes an independent MacPherson arrangement up front and an interconnected wheel with torsion beam layout at the rear, which was specifically developed for the four-wheel drive model. Naturally, the 4x4 has an increased suspension travel compared to the FWD variants.
The Panda 4x4 will be offered with two engine choices, including the new 84hp (85PS) 0.9-liter TwinAir Turbo petrol and the 74hp (75PS) 1.3-liter MultiJet II diesel.
Fiat Professional has introduced a van model of the Italian city car, which is offered in two flavors, with or without the rear seat bench.
Regardless of the number of seats, both versions of the Panda Van are equipped with blacked out rear windows and a metal guard positioned behind the last row of seats to protect the passenger(s) and driver.
The two-seater model sports a retractable hard cover that forms a flat loading surface while also creating a second cargo area underneath, which can be customized according to the driver’s needs.
At launch, the range consists of two trim levels, the strictly two-seater Pop and the four-seater with a folding rear seat bench Easy, both available with front-wheel drive and two engines, a 75hp 1.3-liter MultiJet turbodiesel and a 68hp 1.2-liter petrol unit.
In Italy, prices for the Panda Van begin at €8,850 (US$10,900) and rise to €11,700 (US14,400).
The first generation of the model introduced in 1980, was the first city car to offer a diesel engine (1986), four-wheel drive (1983) and one of the first electric variants (the Elettra in 1990), while the second generation Panda that was launched in 2003, managed to keep Fiat afloat and formed the base for the successful 500.
Now it’s time for Fiat to lift the wraps on the third iteration of the Panda that will make its world premiere in Frankfurt. The “Nuova” (that’s Italian for new) Panda has grown in dimensions compared to its predecessor measuring 3,650 mm long (vs 3,538), 1,640 mm wide (vs 1,578) and 1,550 mm tall (vs 1,450).
Offered exclusively as a five-door model, the new Panda promises to offers more room for both passengers and their luggage.
The Italian city car will launch with no less than six engines. The gasoline range includes two TwinAir 0.9-liter two-cylinder units in naturally aspirated and turbocharged formats with 65HP and 85HP respectively, and a 4-cylinder, 1.2-liter 69HP engine, while there’s also 1.3-liter Multijet diesel with auto stop-start technology.