New models continue Panda success story

Fiat Group Automobiles UK have announced pricing for the new Panda 4x4 and Panda Trekking, the rugged additions to the Panda story, which has seen 6.5 million cars produced since the first Panda model was introduced in 1983.

The new models of the latest, and third, generation have two engine options, with the 0.9TwinAir 85hp 4x4 range starting at £13,950 OTR and rising to £14,950 OTR for the 1.3 16v MultiJet 4x4 diesel version. The same two engines are available for the two-wheel drive Trekking, which starts at £12,450 OTR and rises to £13,450 for the MultiJet.

Being the off-road version of the new Panda, the new Panda 4x4 offers excellent on-road control as well as the sure-footedness you would expect in an off-roader. This is mainly due to its permanent four-wheel drive system.

Attractive features of the Panda 4x4 include the '4x4 style' body-coloured bumpers which have satin aluminium finished skid-plates, side mouldings with '4x4' logo, roof rails, black wheel arches and side skirts, 15-inch dark alloy wheels and raised ground clearance suspension.

The Panda 4x4 enjoys a top speed of 103mph (Trekking 106mph) with the award-winning TwinAir 0.9-litre petrol (85hp) engine line-up. In addition the vehicle has official combined cycle fuel consumption of 57.6mpg (61.4mpg) and a CO2 emissions figure of 114g/km (105g/km).

In comparison the MultiJet version can reach speeds of 99 mph (100mph), returns fuel consumption of 60.1mpg (67.3mpg) and has a CO2 emissions rate of 125k/km (109g/km).

Elena Bernardelli, marketing director for Fiat Group Automobiles UK,said the Panda 4x4 was one of the best-known and most-capable four-wheel drives available.

She also added that the Panda Trekking is an ideal vehicle for those who enjoy the style of a 4x4 but don't need the full spec. Ms Bernardelli commented: "I am very happy we are launching these two news cars and look forward to seeing them on - and off - the road."

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