Fiat New Panda Cross
The New Panda Cross
Based on the successful and hugely capable Fiat Panda 4X4, the new Fiat Panda Cross offers even more capability and attitude'Torque-on-Demand' all-wheel drive, Electronic Stability Control, Electronic Locking Differential and Hill Descent all standardNew Terrain Control selector offers the driver the choice of three driving modes depending on conditionsAvailable with uprated versions of the 1.3 MultiJet II and 0.9 TwinAir Turbo, now with 80hp and 90hp respectively - TwinAir engine gets specific 6-speed transmission with shortened first gearCompared to the Panda 4x4, the Panda Cross offers oversized tyres, improved approach and departure angles and increased ground clearance
Building on the successful formula of the Fiat Panda 4X4, a car that's as happy in city traffic as it is taking on the toughest off-road conditions, the new Panda Cross offers even more all-terrain capability thanks to a host of new features, better performance and improved ground clearance.
Key to the additional off-road ability of the FIAT Panda Cross is its standard 'Torque-on-Demand' transmission system, which utilises the vehicle's ELD (Electronic Locking Differential) and advanced ESC (Electronic Stability Control) systems to manage the engine's torque delivery in difficult driving conditions. The advantages of this system are that it is both fully automatic and 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:
AUTO - Automatic distribution of drive between the front and rear axles in accordance with the available gripLOCK - 4WD is optimised for off-road use at speeds of up to 30mph, with distribution of torque controlled by braking slipping wheels and thus transferring the drive to those with the most gripHILL DESCENT - For optimum handling of particularly steep hill descents or when driving down extremely bumpy laneways
In addition, the Fiat Panda Cross is also fitted with oversized all-season 185/65R15 tyres, larger than those fitted to the standard Panda 4x4, which were developed specifically to combine drivability and traction in low-traction situations with positive on-road handling on both wet and dry surfaces..
In addition to its generous ground clearance - 16cm for the MultiJet II version and 15cm for the TwinAir Turbo version - the Panda Cross also benefits from improved approach and departure angles: Its 24° approach angle represents a three degree improvement over the previous model, while its 33° departure angle represents an improvement of one degree. The new Fiat Panda Cross also boasts a break-over angle of 20° and a 31.5° (70%) climbable gradient.
Two engines will be offered in the new Panda Cross, both with Start&Stop as standard and both offering a five horsepower boost compared to the standard FIAT Panda 4X4. The new 0.9 TwinAir Turbo engine now produces 90hp at 5,500 rpm and 145Nm (107 lb ft) of torque between 1,900rpm and 3,000rpm, or 100Nm (74 lb ft) at 2,000 rpm in 'Eco' mode. This engine, on the combined cycle, offers an impressive fuel consumption figure of 57.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 114g/km, and comes equipped with a six-speed manual transmission with a unique first-gear ratio that was specifically engineered with off-road driving in mind.
The 1.3 MultiJet II turbo-diesel delivers a maximum power output of 80hp at 4,000rpm and generous 190Nm (140 lb ft) of torque at just 1,500 rpm but thanks to its low weight of just 140kg there are no ride or handling compromises, on or off road. On the combined cycle, the 1.3 MultiJet II engine returns 60.1mpg and its CO2 emissions are just 125g/km.
Inside, the new Panda Cross features unique fabric/eco-leather upholstery and a new dashboard finish with a distinctive copper fascia, while standard equipment includes a leather-trimmed steering wheel with remote controls; a leather-trimmed gear knob; automatic climate control; Blue&MeTM connectivity; electric door mirrors; a height-adjustable driver's seat and, of course, the new Terrain Control selector. City Brake Control, which has won FIAT recognition in the 'Euro NCAP Advanced 2013' awards, is available as an option. The innovative system recognises the presence of other vehicles or obstacles in front of the car, braking automatically if the driver fails to intervene directly to avoid a collision or mitigate its consequences at speeds of up to 18.6mph.
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