Fiat Panda Cross wants to go where the 4×4 Panda would struggle.
The Fiat Panda 4×4 was more than capable of going off the beaten track, but it had its limits. In steps the Panda Cross, an even more rugged, all-terrain-conquering beast set to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Fiat’s Panda Cross is based on the Panda 4×4, but has an even great focus on the big outdoors. Bigger, chunkier 15-inch tyres provide more grip, revised suspension soaks up the bumps better than before and improved ground clearance helps keep with driving over obstacles.
As befitting an off-roader, aesthetic changes include durable plastic cladding as well as new fog lights, LED daytime running lights and a skid plate.
The Fiat Panda Cross is powered by a choice of two engines. A 0.9-litre turbo petrol lump and a 1.3-litre turbodiesel offer 5hp more than their Panda 4×4 equivalents. CO2 emissions and fuel economy are said to be the same, which means you can expect up to 60.1mpg with careful driving.
Prices are likely to start above that of the Panda 4×4, which means somewhere around £16,000 mark. The Panda Cross will go on sale in the Autumn.
If you can’t wait that long there’s always the option of the Panda 4×4 Antarctica Edition, which features penguins on the doors. We kid you, not.
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