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Fiat Panda 4x4 revealed

Surprisingly good 4x4 supermini returns....

Fiat has unveiled the all-new 2013 Panda 4x4, ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show in September.

Described by Fiat as a "Super Panda," the 4x4 has always been a surprising hit among famers and those living in remote areas. Due to a lightweight body and the four wheel drive system, the Panda 4x4 has always been able to keep up with proper 4x4s like Land Rovers on the semi rough stuff. The relative lack of ground clearance stops it going too far, but on the kind of rough ground most owners will encounter the Panda 4x4 is more than tough enough to cope.

As you would guess by the name, the model is equipped with a permanent four-wheel drive system that distributes traction "homogenously and proportionally" according to road conditions. It comes standard with electronic stability control and an electronic locking differential system which applies the brakes to wheels that are slipping.

The new model is distinguished by an off-road inspired body kit with black plastic body cladding on the front bumper, wheelarches and rear end and some aluminium underbody protection panels. The 4x4 rides 25mm higher than the normal Panda and features unique 15-inch alloy wheels with high profile mud & snow tyres.

The interior carries over, but adopts a green dashboard, uniquely patterned upholstery and "eco" leather accents on the door panels and seats.

Under the bonnet two familiar engines are available. The 0.9 litre TwinAir Turbo produces 83 bhp and 107 lb/ft of torque, while the 1.3 litre MultiJet II diesel cranks out 73 bhp but has a higher torque figure of 140 lb/ft. They are both connected to six-speed manual transmission which has a low-range first gear for better uphill starts and acceleration.

Prices have yet to be announced but expect a slight increase over the previous model.

Images courtesy of Fiat

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more