Fiat has just announced that its off-road Panda Cross is going on sale in the UK.
Based on the existing Panda 4x4, the Cross has more rugged styling and a higher ride height. It is already on sale in mainland Europe, but Fiat has just taken the decision to bring the diminutive off-roader to UK showrooms, where prices will start from £11,995.
Power comes from Fiat’s frugal 70bhp 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel engine, making the Panda Cross one of the most economical all-wheel drive markets on sale. It’s claimed to be capable of returning 54mpg and emitting just 136g/km CO2.
The visual makeover includes chunky side protection strips, reworked bumpers, new front lights, roof rails and 15-inch alloy wheels. The Cross is the spiritual successor to the first-generation Panda Sisley, which found its niche as a cheap, economical off-roader.