Fiat re­freshes Panda with 4x4 and Cross mod­els

Grocott's Mail - - MOTORING - STAFF RE­PORTER

Hav­ing been un­veiled all the way back in 2011, the third gen­er­a­tion of the Fiat Panda has made a come­back in South Africa, with 4x4 and Cross de­riv­a­tives now avail­able to lo­cal driv­ers.

The ar­rival of the Panda Cross has prompted Fiat South Africa to re­fresh the model and its lineup. In re­gards to pre-ex­ist­ing qual­i­ties, the phys­i­cal di­men­sions of the mini-SUV have re­mained un­changed, with the Ital­ian car­maker con­tin­u­ing to of­fer the Easy and Lounge trim lev- els. Start­ing at R184 900, all Panda mod­els come equipped with Fiat’s 0.9-litre TwinAir tur­bopetrol en­gine, the same en­gine used in the 500 supermini, and which pro­duces 63kW and 145Nm of torque, with the range-top­ping Cross vari­ant do­ing with slightly more power at 66kW.

Power is sent to the front wheels via a five-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion, with 4x4 vari­ants opt­ing for a six-speed man­ual to send power to all four wheels.

Safety fea­tures in­clude four airbags, and stan­dard fea­ture in­clude front elec­tric win­dows, and re­mote cen­tral lock­ing. The 4x4 Cross, priced at R249 900, sports ma­jor de­sign ad­di­tions to the ex­te­rior of the car, which in­clude 15” al­loy rims, and re­designed bumpers fea­tur­ing skid plates and re­vised fog lights.

Also in­cluded on this vari­ant is a drive mode se­lec­tor, hill de­scent con­trol, as well as elec­tronic lock dif­fer­en­tial.

The Fiat Panda comes stan­dard with a three-year/ 100 000km war­ranty, and a three-year/100 000km ser­vice plan.

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