New 2012 Fiat Panda design explained

The next generation Fiat Panda has been ‘softened’ with more rounded lines than its box-like predecessor but the off-road styling of the small car has not been lost on the new model, says Fiat.

However, the new Fiat Panda will be larger than the previous version in order to offer extra storage compartments and more room for passengers in the back.

According to Fiat: “Although still very compact, the new Panda has grown by just a few centimetres to reach the highest safety standards and improve the generous dimensions of the passenger compartment and boot even further.”

Fiat plans to offer a four-wheel drive version of the new Panda alongside front-wheel drive models. Under the bonnet, the new small car will use the ultra-efficient petrol TwinAir engine which, when used in the Fiat 500, delivers road tax-free levels of CO2 emissions.

The Fiat Panda will be offered with a large selection of body colours, interior options and three overarching trim levels, making it easy to customise.

The new 2012 Fiat Panda will go up against a host of new small city cars set to be launched in 2012 including the new Seat Mii, an upmarket supermini based on the new Volkswagen Up!.

However, the new Fiat Panda will be one of the only small city cars available in the UK with four-wheel drive and the option of roof rails for extra storage space.

Despite this, the best-performing models are expected to offer high fuel economy figures and exemption from road tax and the London congestion charge.