2013 Fiat Panda 4×4
Fiat has officially announced the new 2013 Fiat Panda 4×4 at 2012 Paris Auto Show. This model is based on the standard 5-door Panda hatchback that only available in four-wheel drive model in the A segment.
2013 Fiat Panda 4×4 will be available in either a 0.9-liter TwinAir Turbo gasoline engine produce 84 horsepower (63 kW) or a 1.3-liter MultiJet II diesel that produces 74 horsepower (55 kW). Both panda engine will be equipped with a special six-speed gearbox with low-range first gear and a stop/start system.
This model also equipped with a torque-on-demand transmission system with two differentials and an electronically controlled coupling. This is a permanent four-wheel drive system managed by an electronic control unit which, by analysing vehicle signals, distributes traction on the front and rear axle homogenously and proportionally according to road grip conditions. The advantages of this system are that it is entirely automatic in operation and requires no maintenance.
The new Panda 4×4 features an ESC (Electronic Stability Control) system with an ELD (Electronic Locking Differential) function as standard. This system provides additional assistance while driving and setting-off uphill on slippery terrain (snow, ice, mud etc.). More specifically, the ELD acts by braking the wheels with poor grip (or those slipping more than the others), thereby transferring the drive force to those which have more grip on the ground. This function can be activated manually by pressing a button behind the gear lever and operates below 30 mph.
Fiat Panda will features MacPherson suspension at the front, while at the rear it’s an interconnected wheel with a torsion beam configuration that was custom made for this 4WD variant of the Panda.
For body design, Fiat Panda 4×4 has 3,680 mm long, 1,670 mm wide and 1,600 mm tall, with a 2,300 mm wheelbase. It has a front track of 1,410 mm and a rear track of 1,400 mm, while the styling looks a bit more rugged when compared to the regular variant.
The new Panda 4×4 is destined to be the benchmark in this particular market segment thanks to its refined style, attention to detail and comprehensive equipment. This is demonstrated by a complete and unique range of standard equipment: ESC with ELD, manual climate control system, CD/MP3 radio, 15″ burnished alloy rims, 175/65 R15 M+S tyres, electric rear view mirrors, central locking system with remote control and rear head restraints. A vast range of optional equipment and accessories is available, to further enhance either its urban or off-road use, as required.
The Panda has the most extensive, versatile range in its category, and to confirm this, two important new Panda family members will be making their debut in Paris: the Trekking and Natural Power versions. The first provides the link between 4×2 and 4×4 versions; combining off-road looks with smart front-wheel drive by implementing Traction+ technology. This is an innovative traction control system, which improves handling on slippery terrain, guaranteeing excellent performance when setting-off.
The new 2013 Fiat Panda 4×4 will go on sale in European market in November of 2012. Pricing detail will be announced closer to its release date.