Fiat currently presented its compact Panda in a somewhat off-street oriented 4X4 trim, but at the 2014 Geneva Motor Display it’;s debuting the Panda Cross that requires the design even farther. The Panda Cross is meant to be a utilitarian hatchback that drivers can use in the filth if the require arises.
The Cross comes normal with an all-wheel-drive system with a regular electronic-locking differential, and for extra traction, drivers can lock the diff below 30 miles per hour. Electrical power is offered by either a 1.3-liter diesel 4-cylinder with 80 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque or the 900-cc turbocharged 2-cylinder with 90 hp and 107 lb-ft. The 2 engines are mated to a 6-velocity guide.
On the outdoors, the Panda Cross will get a new front air dam that seems like drilled metal and fog lights integrated into the front finish. The rear is reworked with chrome tailpipes and a bumper painted to seem like a skid plate. The interior is a mix of material and pleather seats, plus a copper-colored dashboard. The Panda Cross will be on sale in Europe this fall, but do not count on to see it Stateside. Feel free of charge to read more in the press release beneath.
Based mostly on the effective and hugely capable FIAT Panda 4X4, the new FIAT Panda Cross offers even much more capability and attitude
‘Torque-on-Demand’; all-wheel drive, Electronic Stability Management, Electronic Locking Differential and Hill Descent all common
New Terrain Handle selector provides the driver the decision of 3 driving modes depending on situations
Accessible with uprated versions of the one.3 MultiJet II and .9 TwinAir Turbo, now with 80hp and 90hp respectively – TwinAir engine will get particular 6-velocity transmission with shortened 1st gear
In contrast to the Panda 4×4, the Panda Cross provides oversized tyres, improved strategy and departure angles and elevated ground clearance
The all-new FIAT Panda Cross is set to make its world début at the Geneva Motor Present on March 4th, 2014. Building on the productive formula of the FIAT Panda 4X4, a auto which is as happy in city site visitors as it is taking on the toughest off-road problems, the new Panda Cross delivers even a lot more all-terrain capability thanks to a host of new features, far better overall performance and enhanced ground clearance.
Important to the added off-street ability of the FIAT Panda Cross is its regular ‘Torque-on-Demand’; transmission system, which utilises the vehicle’;s ELD (Electronic Locking Differential) and sophisticated ESC (Electronic Stability Control) systems to handle the engine’;s torque delivery in challenging driving situations. The rewards of this method are that it is both fully automated and calls for zero maintenance and it is managed by the new Terrain Handle selector, which provides the driver 3 driving modes based on the driving circumstance:
Automobile – Automatic distribution of drive among the front and rear axles in accordance with the available grip
LOCK – 4WD is optimised for off-street use at speeds of up to 30mph, with distribution of torque controlled by braking slipping wheels and as a result transferring the drive to those with the most grip
HILL DESCENT – For optimum dealing with of particularly steep hill descents or when driving down incredibly bumpy laneways
In addition, the FIAT Panda Cross is also fitted with oversized all-season 185/65R15 tyres, bigger than people fitted to the common Panda 4×4, which were created specifically to combine drivability and traction in low-traction circumstances with positive on-road managing on both wet and dry surfaces.
The suspension of the FIAT Panda Cross has been produced to mix on-road comfort, handling, street-holding and security with enhanced off-street characteristics. An independent MacPherson suspension is employed at the front while a torsion beam layout has been developed for the rear to accommodate the all-wheel drive mechanicals, thereby saving bodyweight and delivering much better trip and acoustic traits than the semi-trailing arm arrangement of the preceding generation Panda Cross.
In addition to its generous ground clearance – 16cm for the MultiJet II model and 15cm for the TwinAir Turbo edition – the FIAT Panda Cross also advantages from enhanced method and departure angles: Its 24° technique angle represents a 3 degree improvement above the preceding model, although its 33° departure angle represents an improvement of one degree. The new FIAT Panda Cross also boasts a break-in excess of angle of 20° and a 31.5° (70%) climbable gradient.
2 engines will be supplied in the new FIAT Panda Cross, both with Start off&Stop as regular and the 2 providing a 5 horsepower boost in contrast to the standard FIAT Panda 4X4. The new .9 TwinAir Turbo engine now creates 90hp at 5,500 rpm and 145Nm (107 lb ft) of torque in between one,900rpm and 3,000rpm, or 100Nm (74 lb ft) at 2,000 rpm in ‘Eco’; mode. This engine, on the mixed cycle, delivers an extraordinary fuel consumption figure of 57.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 114g/km, and comes outfitted with a 6-pace manual transmission with a special initial-gear ratio that was especially engineered with off-road driving in thoughts.
The 1.3 MultiJet II turbo-diesel delivers a highest energy output of 80hp at 4,000rpm and generous 190Nm (140 lb ft) of torque at just 1,500 rpm but thanks to its reduced excess weight of just 140kg there are no trip or managing compromises, on or off road. On the mixed cycle, the 1.3 MultiJet II engine returns 60.1mpg and its CO2 emissions are just 125g/km.
Styling-wise, every single detail of the Panda Cross has been created to make it quickly recognisable and distinctive: The front end characteristics new light clusters, a new bumper and new fog lights integrated into front facia. New LED DRLs are also constructed into the skid plate, which is completed in a satin titanium colour with perforations that recall the Panda’;s signature “squircle” motif.
From the side, wheel arch extensions, side mouldings with the ‘Cross’; brand and new roof bars with a satin titanium finish set the FIAT Panda Cross apart from its siblings, while its new 15-inch alloy wheels sport a 5-spoke V style and a burnished metal finish. The rear end is also revised with a new bumper with beneath-physique protection, echoing the design and style of the front skid plate, a new rear light cluster and a chrome tail pipe. Finally, new tow hooks completed in brilliant red emphasise the off-road character and full the appear of the new Panda Cross.
Within, the new Panda Cross characteristics distinctive fabric/eco-leather upholstery and a new dashboard finish with a distinctive copper fascia, although common gear contains a leather-trimmed steering wheel with remote controls a leather-trimmed gear knob automatic climate handle Blue&Me™ connectivity electrical door mirrors a height-adjustable driver’;s seat and, of course, the new Terrain Control selector. City Brake Control, which has won FIAT recognition in the ‘Euro NCAP Superior 2013’; awards, is accessible as an option. The modern technique recognises the presence of other cars or obstacles in front of the car, braking immediately if the driver fails to intervene right to stay away from a collision or mitigate its consequences at speeds of up to 18.6mph.
The new Panda Cross joins the Panda Trekking and Panda 4X4 to offer clients a exclusive selection of incredibly capable and characterful mini-SUVs. Having invented the segment in 1983, the Panda 4X4 variety has amassed 500,000 product sales because it was first introduced and given that the Panda Trekking and Panda 4X4 had been introduced, just in excess of a yr ago, all around 26,300 units have been registered, underscoring the enduring recognition of these distinctive autos. Approximately 30,000 examples of the previous-generation FIAT Panda Cross, which was first launched in 2004, were registered and it is expected that the new model will not only develop on this accomplishment but also consolidate the accomplishment of the wider FIAT Panda range, which is the 2nd-very best vendor in its segment in Europe, right after the FIAT 500. Together with the FIAT 500, the Panda has led FIAT to a position of undisputed leadership in the A section in 2013 with a industry share of more than 27% in Europe.
The new FIAT Panda Cross is due to go on sale in the autumn with pricing, ultimate Uk gear specifications and technical details to be announced closer to its launch.