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Tough Teddy Bear: Fiat Unveils Panda 4×4 Before Paris Debut

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 4×4, slated to be officially unveiled at next month’s Paris Motor Show.

The main differentiating factor for the new Fiat Panda 4×4 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 4×4 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 4×4 apart from other Pandas. Two new colors are exclusive to the Panda 4×4: 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 4×4 when it debuts at the Paris Motor Show in September.

Source: Fiat

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