Happy 40th birthday to the Fiat Panda. To celebrate, the Italian carmaker has renewed its iconic city car. Here's what's been updated, plus the potential to see it in SA.
The Fiat Panda has been quite a success story for the Italian brand in continental Europe. Its compact size means it can navigate the confines of the old cities and it's cheap to own. Plus, for those adventuring types, there's a 4x4 version. No surprise its the best-selling city car in Europe.
Now for the 2021 model year, Fiat has introduced a Panda Sport and the range comprises 5 trim levels: Sport, City Cross, Cross, Life and City Life. In terms of engines, there's a hybrid, petrol, plus the options of compressed natural gas and liquified petroleum gas.
Visually, you'll be able to spot the updated Panda with its new front bumpers, rejigged side skirts as well as new-look alloy wheels. Inside, a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with DAB digital radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto has been fitted. For those wanting something sporty, the Fiat Panda Sport gains special 2-tone 16-inch alloy wheels, sport logos and the option of Matte Grey paint. Inside, there's a new titanium-colored dashboard, specific door panels in eco-leather, black ceiling and new seats with dark gray upholstery, techno-leather details, fabric side panels and red stitching.
For those wanting more, tick the Pandemonio Pack - a clear tribute to the kit launched in 2006 on the on the Panda 100 HP - which includes red brake calipers, blacked-out windows, and the new techno-leather steering wheel with red stitching.
In terms of South African availability, Fiat SA is currently considering the updated Panda for introduction in SA but the exact timing has yet to be confirmed.