People’s tastes when it comes to cars are very different and variable so it’s very difficult to please everyone. Lately, many of them choose to buy a crossover and this way the crossover segment in the auto field is developing a lot. Some of the most important companies own at least a crossover in their car fleet. And apparently it is Fiat’s turn to act and develop a new CUV to launch them into this segment. As a matter of fact, new is not the appropriate word for it. In fact it is a more rugged version of the Fiat Panda called the “Cross”. And you can tell where the name comes from.
Fiat is planning to introduce the Fiat Panda Cross at the Geneva Auto Show, so there is not that much time left until the event. The Panda is equipped with an off-road-like front bumper, restyled fog lights, bigger wheel arches and roof bars, as well as a different rear bumper and special 15-inch alloy wheels. The inside cabin receives a leather trim and a few standard goodies such as Blue&Me infotainment system and climate control. The vehicle also benefits of the torque-on-demand system borrowed from the Panda 4x4.
The Fiat Panda Cross is powered by a turbocharged 0.9-liter TwinAir producing 90 HP (66 kW) and 107 lb-ft (145 Nm) and by a 1.3-liter MultiJet turbodiesel generating 80 HP (59 kW) and 140 lb-ft (190 Nm) of torque. The two powering units are 5 HP more powerful than those of the rest of the Panda range. Fiat offers a specific variant of the six-speed manual transmission for the gasoline engine which has a shortened first gear to better handle harder terrain. The vehicle will reach the market this autumn.
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