will launch the awaited 4x4 variant of the new Panda,
the new model family's first niche member, at next
month's Paris Motor Show hoping that the return of this
respected model to the A-segment line up will help boost
its sales. The Panda 4x4 will be joined at the French
show by two further derivates: the Panda Trekking
(incorporating Fiat's Traction+ technology) and the
Panda Natural Power.
The new Panda 4x4 will be
the only A-segment four-wheel drive model on the market.
It will be built at revamped Pomigliano d'Arco factory
in Italy alongside the front wheel drive model. The
newest model in the Fiat range and introduced earlier
this year, the Panda will be looking for new success
from the 4x4 as its production has already been slowed.
The Pomigliano d'Arco factory is set for further
temporary shutdowns next month and again in October.
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
For the look of the new
Panda 4x4, Fiat Centro Stile designers started from the
idea of consolidating its purely functional design
features, adding small details.
Looks are 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 Panda 4x4
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 follows the 4x2 versions
but with some new details: 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
"Torque on demand"
four-wheel drive and ELD (Electronic Locking
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 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 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.
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.
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 large range of
optional equipment and accessories is available, to
enhance its mainly urban or off-road use as
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