In 2004 the Fiat Panda was named as the European Car of the Year. According to Fiat the Panda 4x4 is as an "out-and-out off-roader" or a "fun car able to weave its way with ease in town traffic".
While pricing and specification is still be finalised for the South African market, the Panda 4x4 will be available with a 44kW 1.2-litre petrol engine.
The Panda 4x4 is 357cm long, 160cm wide and 163cm high and offers a minimum ground clearance of 160mm.
The permanent four-wheel drive system features a viscous coupling and two differentials that come into play automatically when required to tackle any situation with ease.
Fiat SA says the car will be launched in the second half of 2005.