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Fiat Panda Cross revealed, new super-rugged compact

February 19, 2014

Fiat has revealed a funky little super-off-road version of the already-plucky Panda 4×4, called the Panda Cross. It will make its official public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Fiat Pando Cross

Featuring an obvious, tough and rugged body with silver highlights, a big bash plate at the front, and plastic wheel arch moulds, the Panda Cross has been designed to take you where the Panda 4×4 can’t.

It’s powered by the company’s 0.9-litre TwinAir turbocharged two-cylinder engine producing 66kW and 145Nm. Alternatively, there’s also a 1.3-litre MultiJet turbo-diesel unit developing 59kW and 190Nm.

From the flywheel, power is sent into a complex torque-on-demand all-wheel drive system which feeds torque between the front and rear wheels according to their traction at any given time.

Fiat Pando Cross-rear

Failing that, a range of electro systems including an electronic locking differential and three driving modes – Auto, Lock, and Hill Descent – will pull you through.

Other highlights include 15-inch alloy wheels with All Seasons 185/65 tyres, a 33-degree approach and 31.5-degree departure angle, and City Brake Control with automatic braking.

The new model will go on sale in Europe during the third quarter of this year. It’s unknown at this stage if Fiat Australia will be introducing the Cross to Aussie shores.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.