Fiat is to launch a new version of its unique 4WD supermini, the Panda 4×4.
Fiat’s Panda 4×4 has long been a quirky yet surprisingly capable choice, popular with drivers in rural areas who need some thing more than a regular car but don’t want the cost of a full 4×4 off-roader.
There’s not really anything else quite like it on the market and it’s a great little car, although it’s probably fair to say it has always been more popular in Europe than in the UK.
Until now, Fiat’s current Panda range has not featured a 4×4 model but yesterday Fiat announced that it would be launching a new Panda 4×4 at this year’s Paris Motor Show.
The new Panda 4×4 will be the third generation of the four-wheel drive supermini and will come with two engine options, Fiat’s popular 0.9l TwinAir petrol engine and the latest 1.3l MultiJet diesel model. Both should provide perky performance and be well suited to the car.
According to Fiat, the new Panda 4×4 will be very well specified as standard, with Electronic Stability Control with Electronic Locking Differential (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 will also be available, for either urban or off-road use, as required.
All in all, it should be a terrific car in rural winter conditions — it’s no coincidence that one place you do see Panda 4x4s is in the mountains of the Alps and the Pyrenees, being driven by locals.