The new second-generation Fiat Panda Cross 4x4 will go on sale towards the end of the year, priced from £15,945 for the TwinAir petrol edition with the diesel model costing £16,945.
The Panda Cross is based on the current Panda 4x4 but according to Fiat adds more “capability, attitude and fun”.
Fiat Panda Cross Engine Options (2014)
There is the choice of two engines, either a 90hp/145Nm 0.9 TwinAir Turbo petrol unit or if you prefer an 80hp/190Nm 1.3 MultiJet II diesel.
The petrol model is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with low 1st ratio. The official consumption figures on the combined cycle are 57.6 mpg and CO2 emissions are 114 g/km. Performance from the 875cc engine equates to a top-speed of 104 mph with a 0-62 mph time of 12.0 seconds dead. The petrol edition has a shortened first gear to enable it to crawl while the engine is idling which is helpful in off-road conditions.
The diesel powered Panda Cross has a five-speed manual gearbox. Officially the combined fuel consumption figure is 60.1 mpg and CO2 emissions are 125 g/km. The top speed is 99 mph with acceleration time from 0-62 mph of 14.3 seconds.
Fiat Panda Cross Off-Road (2014)
The Panda Cross features Terrain Control with three modes, ‘Auto’, ‘Off-Road’ and ‘Hill Descent Control’. The Auto (normal) mode automatically distributes the engine torque between the front and rear axles without requiring any input from the driver. In normal conditions 98 per cent of the power is driven through the front-wheels – should traction begin to fail, the power can be re-distributed to aid traction.
In Off-Road mode, the all-wheel drive function is permanently activated a speeds up to 30 mph. The Electronic Locking Differential (ELD) is engaged, ASR intervention is disengaged and to improve traction on slippery terrain (e.g. snow, ice, gravel or mud), the ESC system is employed to brake slipping wheels which in turn transferring the engine’s torque to those wheels with the most grip
Hill Descent Control helps the driver to descend tricky hills without any input bar steering, ideal in off road condition or on icy roads.
There are scratch- and bump-resistant corner sections for the bumper and a skid plate to protect the underneath. The ground clearance of diesel model is 158 mm and 161 mm for the petrol. The approach angle is 24 degrees, the departure angle is 34 degrees and the breakover angle is 21 degrees. It can tackle a maximum gradient of 70 percent and lateral gradients of up to 55 percent. Plus the Panda Cross is fitted with 185/65R15 Mud & Snow tyres which are larger than on the standard 4x4 model.
Fiat Panda Cross Equipment (2014)
Standard equipment includes automatic climate control; Blue&Me™ Bluetooth connectivity with a USB port and steering wheel controls; a satellite navigation dock; heated electric door mirrors; remote central locking; split rear seat with rear head restraints; height-adjustability for the driver’s seat and steering wheel; front fog lights; a leather steering wheel and gear knob; ESC system complete with ELD and Terrain Control and specific 15-inch alloy wheels with a burnished finish and all-season 185/65R15 M+S tyres.
There is the option to add a Winter Pack (£250 - heated windscreen and heated front seats), rear parking sensors (£250), tinted rear windows (£155) and the City Brake Control system for an extra £250.
|Engine||1.3 MultiJet 80hp S&S||0.9 TwinAir 90hp S&S|
|Maximum Power||80hp @ 4,000rpm||90hp @ 5,500rpm|
|Maximum Torque||190Nm @ 1,500rpm||145Nm @ 1,900 – 3,000rpm|
|Transmission||4X4 with ELD and ESC
|4X4 with ELD and ESC
6-speed manual with low 1st ratio
|Brakes||Front 257 X 22mm vented discs. Rear 240 X 11 solid discs|
|Suspension||Front independent MacPherson struts, lower wishbones. Rear torsion beam|
|Dimensions||L 3,705mm X W 1,662mm (1,882 incl. mirrors) X H 1,657mm WB 2,300mm|
|Capacities||Boot: 225 m3 (VDA), Fuel 35 litres|
|Kerb Weight DIN||1,155kg||1,090kg|
|Max Towing Weight||900kg braked, 400kg non-braked||800kg braked, 400kg non-braked|
|Performance||0-62mph 14.3s, 99mph||0-62mph 12.0s, 104mph|
|Fuel Economy||Urban: 56.5 mpg
Extra Urban: 61.4mpg
|Urban: 47.9 mpg
Extra Urban: 65.7mph
|Angles||Approach 24 degrees / Breakover 21 degrees / Departure 34 degrees
70 percent maximum gradient / 55 percent maximum lateral gradient