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Fiat Reveals New Panda 4×4 Ahead of Paris Show

Fiat is set to unveil a 4×4 version of the Panda at the Paris Motor Show next month. Based on the regular Panda, the third-generation Panda 4X4 remains the only all-wheel-drive vehicle in the city-car segment

To improve fuel economy and lower emissions, the FIAT Panda 4×4 operates in front-wheel drive mode during normal driving condition, but when the vehicle’s sensors detect a loss of traction torque is automatically and immediately send to the rear wheels via an electronically-controlled central coupling.

For added control, both ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and ELD (Electronic Locking Differential) are standard, the latter providing additional traction on slippery terrain (snow, ice, mud etc.) by directing torque to the wheels with the most grip by braking the slipping wheels. ELD is activated at the press of a button and operates up to speeds of 50 km/h.

The all-new suspension promises improved on-road handling and comfort despite the increased ground clearance and heavier-duty components. The front utilises a McPherson strut format while the rear suspension employs a torsion beam setup in lieu of the previous model’s semi-trailing layout. This option offers weight, ride-quality and acoustic benefits without compromising off-road performance.

Two engines power the new FIAT Panda 4X4: the 85hp TwinAir Turbo and the 75hp 1.3 MultiJet II Turbo-Diesel, both with Start&Stop as standard. The TwinAir Turbo features a six-speed manual gearbox with low-range first gear for improved uphill starts, while the new MultiJet II engine is equally improved in off-road situations thanks to a torque increase of 30 percent versus the current Panda 4X4. Additional under-body protection is also provided as standard.

Unfortunately Fiat’s little soft-roader may not make it to Ireland. No decision will be taken regarding the car until the new 2013 VRT and Road Tax revisions are confirmed.

29th August, 2012

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