Fiat Panda 4x4 | Part Two

Fiat Panda 4x4

Fiat Panda

When deciding on the form the new car should take, the Fiat designers delved into the great technical and design heritage Fiat has built up over the years and applied skills only available to a company that has led the compact vehicle market for more than seventy years. With an eye on changing customer profiles within the sector and the good potential growth prospects, we came up with the Panda 4x4.

The new model is available with a lively, tried and tested 60 bhp 1.2 engine (44 kW) that will soon be joined by the revolutionary 70 bhp 1.3 multijet engine; two specifications (Panda 4x4 and Panda 4x4 Climbing), two interior specifications and 11 body-colours. On the one hand, therefore, the Panda 4x4 Climbing presents itself as a small, stylish off-roader able to tackle any situation with an extra touch of sophistication inside and out, an ideal car for extroverts on the move.

On the other hand, the range also offers a second specification (Panda 4x4) that does not feature the stylish exterior features of the Climbing but is altogether a more practical down-to-earth vehicle. Attributes include an extraordinary ability to perform on off-road routes, a viscous coupling drive system and high grip tyres.

Both specifications share small dimensions (e.g. the Climbing version is 357 cm long, 160 cm wide and 163 cm high) and great handling in addition to greater height than the conventional model: the extra five centimetres make all the difference by increasing the already outstanding visibility and allowing great mastery of the road, even over difficult routes. The turning circle is also just 9.6 metres.

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Published 14 September 2004 Melanie Carter

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