Fiat took decades to roll out the full lineup of first-generation Panda models, but with the all-new third-generation car the Italian automaker is wasting no time. After the debut of the new Panda at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show comes the Panda 4x4, slated to be officially unveiled at next month's Paris Motor Show.
The main differentiating factor for the new Fiat Panda 4x4 over lesser models is the addition of permanent four-wheel drive, complete with two electronic locking differentials. (All other Pandas are front-wheel drive.) A six-speed manual transmission complete with a low-range first gear is the only transmission option and there are two engine choices: an 85-hp 900-cc TwinAir turbocharged I-2 or a 75-hp 1.3-liter MultiJet I-4 diesel. Both engines come with automatic start/stop for a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions.
Compared to the standard car, the Panda 4x4 is 0.8 inches longer, one inch wider, and 1.8 inches taller. The added height comes from the revised suspension setup that uses an independent MacPherson arrangement up front and a torsion beam at the rear. New 15-inch alloy wheels, revised front and rear fascias, and exterior cladding aesthetically set the 4x4 apart from other Pandas. Two new colors are exclusive to the Panda 4x4: Sicilia orange and the Toscana green pictured here.
Fiat has no plans to bring any Panda models to the U.S. any time soon, but will probably bring the upcoming all-wheel drive 500X to our shores. Make sure to check out the Panda 4x4 when it debuts at the Paris Motor Show in September.