A more rugged-looking Fiat Panda Cross with typical SUV styling has been revealed ahead its first public outing at the Geneva Motor Show early next month.
Brand new lookThe 4x4 version of the Panda receives a beefed up body kit with redesigned fog lights integrated with the logo holder bonnet trim, and to the new daytime-running lights with LED technology, an offroad-like front bumper, flared wheel arches and more pronounced roof bars.
It also comes with 15-inch alloy wheels with a five-spoke V design and burnished metal finish. The rear end is characterised by a highly distinctive look which comprises of a new bumper with under-body protection, a new burnished light cluster and the chrome tail pipe.
Inside, the Panda Cross gets leather trimmed seats, a dashboard in a new copper colour which is also used for the central console, a multifunction steering wheel and a leather gear knob. There’s also a Blue&Me infotainment system and climate control.
Two powerful enginesPower comes from a choice of either 0.9-litre turbo two-cylinder with 66 kW and 145 Nm of torque or a 1.3-litre MultiJet with 59 kW and 190 Nm of torque. More powerful than the rest of the Panda range, these engines are offered with a six-speed manual transmission with a stronger first gear to handle rough terrain.
In addition, the Fiat Panda Cross is equipped with the torque-on-demand system which sends power to the rear axle only when it senses slip at the front.
It’s also fitted with a variety of assistance modes such as Hill Descent Control and a MacPherson front suspension system and a new torsion beam rear.
The Fiat Panda Cross will be unveiled next month during the Geneva Motor Show and is said to go on sale towards the end of 2014.