Saturday 31 December 2011

Spied: 2013 Fiat Panda 4x4

Fiat has begun testing the third-generation Panda 4x4 in Italy, ahead of its launch in Summer 2012.

Although this early prototype features an increased ride-height over the regular Panda, the finished article will boast chunkier bumpers, side mouldings, tyres, and skid plates.

Power will come from a series of engines, including an 85bhp (86PS/63kW) TwinAir petrol and a 75bhp (76PS/56kW) 1.3 litre Multijet diesel. Two dual-fuel engines will be offered; an 80bhp (81PS/60kW) TwinAir natural gas and an LPG variant with a 69bhp (70PS/66kW) EasyPower 1.2 litre petrol. These will be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, with a short 1st gear to aid off-roading, although an optional 6-speed Dualogic robotised transmission is a distinct possibility.

With sales starting in Summer 2012, ready for the 2013MY, prices will start from around £11,500.


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