Another variant is set to join Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino’s four-wheeled, mechanical-based Ursidae family – making its debut in Geneva will be the Fiat Panda Cross, which expands the all-terrain scope initially defined by the third-generation Panda 4×4.
As its suffix suggests, this Panda offers a crossover take on things, all done in rather normal fashion compared to the insane Fiat Panda Monster Truck. The Cross gets oversized 185/65 tyres riding on 15-inch five-spoke V design wheels, and features improved approach/departure angles and increased ground clearance compared to the stock 4×4 version or the likes of the dressed-up LE Panda 4×4 Antartica.
Fresh exterior kit comes in the form of new light clusters for the front end, as well as a new bumper and fog lights. Also on, wheel arch extensions, side mouldings with the ‘Cross’ logo and new roof bars with a satin titanium finish, while the rear gets a new bumper with under-body protection.
The Cross will be available with uprated versions of the 1.3 MultiJet II and 0.9 TwinAir Turbo, now with 80 hp / 190 Nm and 90 hp /145 Nm respectively, both offering a five horsepower gain from that on the Panda 4×4. Start&Stop system comes fitted as standard, and the TwinAir mill gets a specific six-speed transmission with shortened first gear
Inside, the 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 and automatic climate control, with the company’s City Brake Control system available as an option.