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2014-02-19 09:32

LITTLE GRIZZLY: Fiat will unveil its new Panda Cross at the 2014 Geneva auto show. Image: Newspress

• More capability and attitude
• ‘Torque-on-demand' all-wheel drive, electronic diff
• Terrain control selector  - three driving modes
• Upgraded 1.3 MultiJet II and 0.9 TwinAir Turbo engines
• Giant tyres, better approach/departure angles

LONDON, England - Fiat’s Panda Cross will make its world debut at the 2014 Geneva auto show on March 4. 

The automaker says the Panda Cross builds on the success of the 4x4 model, a car as happy in city traffic as it is taking on the toughest off-road conditions and which offers even more all-terrain capability with many new features, better performance and improved ground clearance.

Sadly, the angry Panda won’t make it to South Africa, says Fiat South Africa.


A Fiat SA spokesperson said: ‘We won't be bringing the Cross Panda here as the current exchange rate would make it prohibitively expensive and push it into a price class in which it could not compete.”

However, SA just might see the 4x4 model. “We're still investigating bringing the Panda 4x4. If this happens it could be in the second half of 2014, but again it's exchange rate-dependent.”

Fiat says the new ‘torque-on-demand’ transmission which uses the vehicle’s electronic differential and electronic stability control systems, manages the engine’s torque delivery in tough driving conditions.

The system is automatic, requires zero maintenance and it is controlled by the new terrain control selector, which offers the driver three driving modes depending on the driving situation, these include auto, lock, 4WD and hill decent.


The Panda Cross will be available with two engines in the UK, each with stop/start.  The new 0.9-litre TwinAir Turbo engine makes 68kW at 5500rpm and 145Nm between 1900rpm and 3000rpm, or 100Nm at 2000rpm in ‘Eco’ mode. The combined fuel consumption is rated as 4.9 litres/100km and 114g/km CO2 emissions. It also comes with a six-speed manual transmission with a unique first-gear ratio that was specifically engineered with off-road driving in mind, says Fiat.

The 1.3 MultiJet II turbo-diesel makes 60kW at 4000rpm with 190Nm at 1500rpm, it uses 4.7 litres/100km and emits 125g/km CO2 emissions.

Fiat SA added: “Fiat SA will not be able to bring the 0.9-litre TwinAir unit here for any of our models, as there are fuel quality issues with that engine in the South African market.”

The automaker says every detail of the Panda Cross has been designed to make it immediately recognisable and distinctive. It has new light clusters, a new bumper and fog lights with LED daytime running lights built into the skid plate.

On the exterior there are wheel arch extensions, side mouldings with the ‘Cross’ logo and new roof bars and bigger 15" alloys. The rear end has a new bumper with under-body protection, new lights, two red hooks and a chrome tail pipe.

Inside there’s fabric/leather upholstery, a leather-trimmed steering wheel with controls; a leather-trimmed gear knob; auto climate control; Bluetooth connectivity; electric door mirrors and height-adjustable driver's seat

The Fiat Panda Cross is due to go on sale towards the end of 2014 in the UK, with engine specifications and details announced closer to its launch.
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