New Fiat Panda set for 2012 launch

While the Fiat 500 has cornered the market in style in recent years but the Fiat Panda is instead offering space and versatility in its latest generation.

Measuring just over three and a half metres, the Fiat Panda is not a big car but it does include five doors, five seats and a 225-litre boot with the back seats up.

This extends to 870 litres with the rear seats folded flat and the raised height of the back end means rear seat passengers will have more head room than other city cars.

The Fiat Panda is one of the longest-running cars in the UK and has been updated just twice in its 31-year history in the UK.

The latest version includes a complete overhaul in terms of style, with more rounded lines and a more modern front end. However, the basic shape makes it instantly recognisable as a Fiat Panda.

The update to the Fiat Panda will also add a new range of technology in the small car. The Fiat Panda will include Fiat’s new Blue&Me TomTom satellite navigation in higher specification levels and a 4×4 option in the UK.

It will also come with Fiat’s International Engine of the Year, the ultra-efficient petrol TwinAir engine, which will ensure the new 2012 Fiat Panda is eligible for exemption from road tax in the UK in both petrol and diesel versions because of its low CO2 emissions.

The new 2012 Fiat Panda is expected to go on sale in UK Fiat dealerships early in 2012 in three trim levels and a choice of two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive setup.

2012 Fiat Panda prices will be revealed closer to the launch date.