Fiat have revealed the full details of their brand-new SUV, the Fiat Panda Cross.
Based on the award-winning Fiat Panda 4X4, the Panda Cross aims to combine the off-road capabilities of a full 4×4, with the practicality and chicness of a city car.
Prices for the Panda Cross start at £15,945 for the petrol-engined model, while a diesel version has a starting price of £16,945.
Taking the Fiat Panda off-road
First revealed in February, the design of the Panda Cross is largely based on the popular Panda model, with some modifications made.
The exterior design has been given a more imposing and distinctive look, with new light clusters, a new bumper and integrated fog lights. Along with the elevated driving position, Fiat’s angry panda will also sport extended wheel arches and new roof bars, plus 15-inch alloy wheels.
Fiat also seem to be taking the real-world practicality of the Panda Cross seriously, with protective steel underbody shields, which will allow drivers to tackle genuine rough terrain like any full-bred 4×4 without damaging the undercarriage, offered as an available extra.
The air intake has also been raised on both diesel and petrol models to afford the Panda the ability to cross rivers and flooded roads.
Intelligent tech keeps it going through the worst conditions
Fiat have also fitted the Panda Cross with their clever Torque-on-Demand transmission, which automatically delivers the required amount of torque to keep the car ploughing through tricky conditions.
A hard-wearing exterior gives way to a plush and comfortable interior that a unique fabric and eco-leather upholstery, while the dashboard is finished in a new copper colour with silver ‘ultrashine’ instrument detailing.
Standard equipment includes automatic climate control, Blue&Me infotainment system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, steering wheel-mounted controls, a SatNav dock and remote central locking.
Also included straight off the bat are front fog lights, a leather steering wheel and gear knob, as well as electronic stability control and a burnished finish for the alloy wheels.
The Panda Cross will also feature a new Terrain Control selector, which offers drivers the choice of three driving modes to suit varying conditions, plus a hill descent function to keep the car under control while down-hill driving.
Powerful AND economic
Two engine options are available on the model, a 90bhp 0.9-litre TwinAir turbo petrol and an 80bhp 1.3-litre MultiJet turbodiesel.
The more powerful TwinAir will take the Panda Cross from 0-62mph in ten seconds, with a top speed of 104mph. It remains an efficient unit, however, returning a combined fuel economy of 57.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 114g/km.
Meanwhile, the diesel option returns a combined fuel economy of 60.1mpg and its CO2 emissions are just 125g/km, while it offers a 0-62mph time of 14 seconds and a top speed of 99mph.
The Fiat Panda Cross is currently in production and will officially go on sale later in the year.