The forthcoming Fiat Panda 4x4 has been spied during testing in Scandinavia

The new Fiat Panda 4x4 has been spied during cold weather testing. This all-wheel-drive version of the Italian company’s popular small car was spotted in largely uncamouflaged guise.

Fiat is backing up it’s the 2WD model range of the Panda with this 4x4 variant, which has extra-strength suspension mountings and unique spring/damper/anti-roll bar rates delivering increased wheel travel.

Drive to the rear wheels is through a hydraulically actuated multi-plate clutch ahead of the rear differential. The Panda 4x4 is expected to come with a six-speed manual gearbox. The 4x4 Panda also gets a new design of front and rear bumper compared to the standard model.

The two-wheel-drive version of the Panda was on display at the Frankfurt motor show late last year and goes on sale here in April, with the 4x4 slated to follow towards the end of 2012.

 

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23 January 2012

Is the passenger flipping the finger at the snapper?

As for the car - the rear side window still looks as if net curtains are missing; but the car now appears less chic and unfussy more bulbous and elaborate. I hope Fiat improve cabin materials for durability. The vehicle is used for load lugging predominantly.

23 January 2012

I'm glad that FIAT is still making the 4WD Panda. It's a unique car that has bags of character and is very capable. A truly great, bare-bones offroader.

23 January 2012

[quote Los Angeles]

Is the passenger flipping the finger at the snapper?

As for the car - the rear side window still looks as if net curtains are missing; but the car now appears less chic and unfussy more bulbous and elaborate. I hope Fiat improve cabin materials for durability. The vehicle is used for load lugging predominantly.

[/quote] Yes. I love Panda 2 but thought the 4x4 too agricultural with the black panel below the bumpers. The new 4x4 looks even worse IMHO.

23 January 2012

Looks a nice chunky little machine to me. All the 4wd most people will ever need.

23 January 2012

Agree it is probably a very good real world shout but I will reserve further judgement on the looks until I see it in the flesh or better photos.

23 January 2012

I wonder if the final production version will go for the contrasting funky look of the Cross? Glad that the monsignori in the mountain villages and the guides on Vesuvius have a new 4x4 to look forward to.

  • If you want to know about a car, read a forum dedicated to it; that's a real 'long term test' . No manufacturer's warranty, no fleet managers servicing deals, no journalist's name to oil the wheels...

23 January 2012

[quote BriMarsh]I wonder if the final production version will go for the contrasting funky look of the Cross? Glad that the monsignori in the mountain villages and the guides on Vesuvius have a new 4x4 to look forward to.[/quote] They seem to be quite happy with their Mk1 versions complete with that great Styer Puch badge on the hatch lid.

24 January 2012

With the lack of weight it can probably do better in winter conditions than some of the heavier SUV's, especially with winter tyres. Another good one would be the Suzuki Jimny, this is also lightweight of course. The Jimny is selectable 4 wheel drive so you can just have RWD for some winter Tesco' car park rally stages :) before popping into 4 wheel drive to get the whisky home.

24 January 2012

what a brilliant little car, Fiat surely has a huge success on their hands with the new Panda!

24 January 2012

[quote Los Angeles]Is the passenger flipping the finger at the snapper?[/quote] I think its a thumbs up. cvould be wrong

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