2013 Fiat Panda Trekking
Along with Panda 4×4, Fiat also released the new 2013 Fiat Panda Trekking at 2012 Paris Auto Show. Trekking is the link between the Panda 4×2 and the 4×4 version, it combines off-road looks with smart front-wheel drive and “Traction+” technology.
Almost identical to the 4×4 model, 2013 Fiat Panda Trekking also come with a 0.9 TwinAir Turbo with 85 horsepower, a TwinAir Turbo Natural Power with 80 horsepower and 1.3 MultiJet II deliver 75 horsepower. All engine options will be mated with six-speed manual gearboxes make this car can achieve the best performance in terms of fuel consumption and emissions.
Trekking adopted a “Traction+” system which is an innovative traction control system that improves handling on difficult and slippery terrain and also costs far less than conventional 4×4 drive. “Traction+,” combined with the specially designed 175/65 R15 84T M+S tires.
The new “Traction +” system uses the advanced hardware present on cars equipped with ESC, but is far more than a simple extension of ESC. Thanks to special algorithms for controlling and managing the braking system, the control unit electronically simulates the behavior of a self-locking electro-mechanical differential. Software optimizations and the fact that force is applied through the normal (hydraulic) braking circuit makes the system’s action more progressive than that of conventional systems. Though performance is easily comparable, the system is much lighter. The system is activated using a button on the dashboard, and can be operated at speeds of up to 30 km/h.
For body design, the new Fiat Panda Trekking is perfectly in line with the 4×4 version: the only differences are the cosmetic treatment of the alloy rims (aluminium instead of burnished) and the absence of a silver skid plate. Like on the Panda 4×4, the new model is characterized by the marked geometric lines of the front and rear bumpers, while the tailpipes seamlessly follow the lines of the body. For those who choose the 4×4 look, two new body colors now complement the existing color palette: Sicilia orange (pastel) and Toscana green (metallic). Panda Trekking has has 3,680 mm long, 1,670 mm wide and 1,600 mm tall, with a 2,300 mm wheelbase.
On the interior, new Panda Trekking can accommodate up to five people and boasts a boot amongst the most spacious in its segment: 225 liters which can be extended to 260 with the sliding rear seat pushed fully forward or 870 liters with the backrest of the rear seats folded.
The driver’s seat is available with adjustable height while the front passenger seat can be fitted with a fold-down table backrest. In this latter case, this means you can benefit from a handy support surface both for common objects, such as a handbag or a laptop, as well as for more unusual items: when the rear seats are also folded down, the customer can obtain a flat loading surface for the entire length of the passenger compartment (more than 2 metres), allowing maximum use of the interior space.
The rear seat ensures the same versatility. It is available in the standard 2-seater version with folding unsplit backrest or, on request, in the following configurations: 2 seats, sliding lengthwise, with 50/50 split folding backrest; 3 seats with folding backrest; and 3 seats with 60/40 split folding backrest. This can all be made even more functional if combined with the handy and useful “cargo box” container that when placed in the boot lets you both stow several objects inside of it or obtain an all but flat loading surface.
There is no official pricing detail and launch date for the new 2013 Fiat Panda Trekking that has been announced by the automaker. But for the new Panda 4×4 will go on sale in European market in November of 2012. Maybe the Trekking model will follow soon.