Geneva 2014 Preview: New Fiat Panda Cross to make world debut

Geneva 2014 Preview: New Fiat Panda Cross to make world debut image

Text: / Photos: Fiat Press | posted February 21, 2014 12:50

Panda 4x4-based crossover to be unleashed in Geneva

The 2014 Fiat Panda Cross is set to make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The Italian automaker takes the Panda 4x4 a step further with more all-terrain capability, higher ground clearance and improved performance.

A highlight feature for the Fiat Panda Cross is the ‘Toque-on-Demand’ transmission system which combines the Electronic Locking Differential (ELD) with the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) to efficiently manage torque deliver to specific wheels in difficult driving conditions. The fully automated system requires zero maintenance and is selectable electronically through the Terrain Control selector which allows for three modes: Auto, Lock-4WD, and Hill Descent.

Fiat Panda Cross rear

The Panda Cross features a distinct all-terrain look with new light clusters, a new front bumper with integrated foglamps, and LED DRLs built into the satin titanium skid plate with the signature ‘squircle’ perforations. The side features wheel arch extensions, and side moldings with ‘Cross’ logo; the new rear bumper features underbody protection as well and new tail lamps. To complete the off-road character, the tow hooks are finished in brilliant red while new satin titanium bars adorn the roof.

It is fitted with new five-spoke V-design wheels shod with 185/65 R 15 all-season tires which combine low-traction capability with positive on-road handling on both wet and dry conditions.

The interior features fabric/eco-leather upholstery, new dashboard with copper fascia, leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob, automatic climate control, Blue&Me connectivity and Terrain Control selector. For additional safety, the City Brake Control is available as an option.

Under the hood is either a 0.9-liter TwinAir Turbo engine capable of 90 PS at 5,500 rpm 145 Nm from 1,900 to 3,000 rpm; or a 1.3-liter MultiJet II turbo diesel capable of 80 PS at 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm at 1,500 rpm. Both engines feature start&stop as standard and promise impressive fuel economy and low emissions.

The suspension comprises of an independent MacPherson up front, while the rear features a torsion beam to hold the all-wheel drive system. It has been developed to combine on-road comfort, handling with improved off-road capabilities thanks to the increased ground clearance combined with a better approach and departure angles.

The 2014 Fiat Panda Cross will debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 4.