Fiat Panda 4x4Thu, 30 Aug 2012
Fiat has unveiled a new 4x4 version of the third-generation Panda, which is set to make its world debut at the 2012 Paris motor next month.
The 4x4 line of the Panda has a long history and in its previous itterations became known as one of the most versatile, robust but also likeable cars on the road. The default mode of transport for Southern European hill farmers, the Panda 4x4 has also developed something of a cult following in trendier Alpine resorts thanks to its functional-tough body clad aesthetic and handy small size.
Fiat clearly knows not to mess too much with a successful formula, so the latest 4x4 measures in at a still petit 3,680mm long, 1,670mm wide and stands at 1,600mm – a 49mm hike over the regular car; much of which goes into extra ground clearance.
Fiat Centro Stile designers began the Panda 4x4's development by strengthening the functional design details before adding small features that identifies the car as a multifunctional mini SUV. The exterior's standout features are prominent feature lines at the front and rear bumpers with aluminum color inserts.
The new model sees the tailpipes following the lines of the body with two body colors added to the existing color palette to enhance its 4x4 looks: Sicilia orange (pastel) and Toscana green (metallic).
Inside, there's a high console over the central tunnel, a new green fascia frames the instruments and the large storage pocket, the seats feature a special design in three color variants (green, beige, orange) and eco-leather detailing, while front and rear door panels also come with eco-leather inserts.
Gallery: Fiat Panda 4x4