The new Fiat Panda launch date is set for the end of February and prices and specification have now been announced.
The Fiat Panda is a city car with an added dose of practicality thanks to a more upright style, boxy boot space and optional roof rails.
Designed as a practical city run around, the shape has been largely unchanged for nearly 30 years, but the new version features modern tweaks to the design inside and out along with three new levels of equipment.
The sub-£9,000 price tag applies to the entry-level ‘Pop’ model using a 69bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine and comes with a basic level of equipment including body coloured bumpers and electric windows.
However, for £9,550, buyers can get the same engine with air conditioning, roof rails and a better sound system as part of the second-tier ‘Easy’ trim.
At the top of the range, the Lounge trim is the best-equipped of the three with heated electric mirrors, alloy wheels and front fog lamps added to the specification.
Easy and Lounge models are available with Fiat’s ground-breaking two-cylinder TwinAir petrol engine, which develops 85bhp and costs from £10,750.
The TwinAir engine, first seen on the new Fiat 500 city car, delivers sub-100g/km of CO2 emissions and subsequently avoids road tax in the UK and the London congestion charge; one of very few petrol engines to do so.
A larger diesel, a 1.3-litre MultiJet engine, is also available on Easy and Lounge versions of the new Fiat Panda from £11,750.
The new 2012 Fiat Panda enters UK Fiat showrooms at an important time for the manufacturer. The likes of the Seat Mii and the upcoming Vauxhall Junior will soon be arriving in the UK and established veterans of the market such as the Ford Ka and Kia Picanto ensure competition will be fierce.