The 4x4 supermini boasts excellent driving comfort due to the tried and tested suspension layout with specific settings. At the front, the suspension is independent, MacPherson type with lower wishbones linked to a subframe and an anti-roll bar connected to the shock absorber. The rear suspension is also independent with longitudinal tie rods connected to a specific frame with anti-roll bar.
As already mentioned, two engines are available, both built to Euro-4 standards: at the launch, customers will be able to buy the tried and tested 1.2 engine that develops a maximum power of 60 bhp (44 kW) at 5000 rpm and a torque of 10.4 kgm (102 Nm) at 2500 rpm. In a few months, we will also see the revolutionary 70 bhp (51 kW) 1.3 Multijet engine with 4000 rpm and a torque of 14.8 kgm (145 Nm) at 1500 rpm. A Panda 4x4 equipped with the first power unit accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 20 seconds and reaches a top speed of 145 km/h. When fitted with the second-generation turbodiesel, on the other hand, the results recorded are 16 seconds and 155 km/h respectively. After being the first manufacturer to introduce Multijet power units to the mini segment, Fiat is proud to announce that it is the first to make available this engineering asset on 4x4 minis as well. The equipment package on this specific version is complemented by a CONNECT Nav Plus infotelematic system, headlight washers and a Dualdrive electric power steering system (the latter is standard over the range).The new car has no equals when it comes to safety. Beginning with its outstanding braking system: on versions equipped with the 1.2 Fire power unit, all wheels are fitted with 240 mm diameter discs (the front ones are ventilated) that rise to 257 mm on Multijet versions. The Panda 4x4 offers as standard ABS with EBD complete with an antislip function during deceleration (MSR).
The 4x4 version is the icing on the cake of the Panda range. The model elected 'Car of the Year 2004' is the winner of six more prestigious international prizes. This critical appreciation is confirmed by a runaway sales success; suffice it to say that the Panda is the champion seller in its own market band. To strengthen this leadership, the Panda family is destined to grow with time: in June, for example, we will see the sales launch of a Fiat Panda equipped with the revolutionary 70 bhp 1.3 16v Multijet engine, the smallest and most advanced second generation direct injection common rail diesel power unit.
The Panda 4x4, in turn, will go on sale from September in Italy and by the end of October in the other European countries. Initially it will be equipped with the 1.2 Fire unit but the revolutionary 1.3 Multijet will be added to the product range during 2005.Published 14 September 2004