Fiat has released today the first official pictures of the new Panda Trekking, a new city car. As you may have guessed, the model makes the transition between the standard version and the Fiat Panda 4x4.
Basically, the new Fiat Panda Trekking it combines off-road looks with smart front-wheel drive and "Traction+" technology. Fiat Panda Trekking, classified as City Utility Vehicle (CUV), addresses those who need more a city car, but will sometimes face the challenges of a rough terrain. Fiat Panda Trekking is promoted as a new compact SUV with generous dimensions and increased versatility.
Fiat Panda Trekking adopt the same modifications and accessories as the 4x4 version. The only differences are: the logos on the hood, the silver wheels and the engine protection.
The engine range includes a gasoline unit, one on LPG and a diesel. The gasoline engine is the new 0.9-liter TwinAir Turbo with 85 hp. Those who want lower maintenance costs can use a LPG tank to this version. And those who prefer diesel will get the 1.3 liter Multijet unit with 75 horsepower.
A key feature of the Fiat Panda Trekking is "Traction+", an advanced traction control system that improves handling on hard and slippery terrain and also costs far less than classic 4x4 drive.
From a stylistic point of view, the new Fiat Panda Trekking is perfectly in line with the 4x4 version: the only differences are the cosmetic treatment of the alloy rims (aluminium instead of burnished) and the absence of a silver skid plate. Like on the Panda 4x4, the new model is characterised by the marked geometric lines of the front and rear bumpers, while the tailpipes seamlessly follow the lines of the body. For those who choose the 4x4 look, two new body colours now complement the existing colour palette: Sicilia orange (pastel) and Toscana green (metallic).
The interiors pick up the solutions adopted on 4x2 versions with a few significant exceptions: a new green fascia variant frames the instruments and the large storage pocket, there are fabric seats with a special design in three colour options (green, beige, pumpkin) and eco-leather details, front and rear door panels also with eco-leather inserts and finally a high console over the central tunnel which adds a further storage compartment to the 14 already present on the 4x2 versions.
The Fiat Panda Trekking is available with the following engines: 85 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo, 80 HP TwinAir Turbo Natural Power and 75 HP 1.3 MultiJet II. Along with their 5-speed manual gearboxes, these are all state-of-the-art power units, both in terms of performance and in terms of fuel consumption and emissions, reinforcing Fiat Automobile's constant focus on environmental issues, by researching and developing specific solutions that are accessible and ready-to-use.
The Fiat Panda Trekking is therefore at ease even on rough and challenging terrains, as demonstrated by its excellent "typical off-road angles": 20° (attack), 36° (exit) and 20° (elevation) in the version fitted with the 1.3 MultiJet II 75 HP engine, which become 20° - 36° - 16° for the Panda Trekking 0.9 TwinAir and for the Panda Trekking 0.9 TwinAir Natural Power.
Offered with five doors and with the passenger room of a higher segment, the new Fiat Panda Trekking is an authentic City SUV, in that it efficiently combines its smaller external size with a surprising internal volume. The passenger compartment also boasts great flexibility - thanks above all to the variety of seating adjustments available - and excellent visibility and command of the road due to the extensive glazed areas, the high driving position and the gear lever positioned at the centre of the dashboard.
In fact, even though it is just 368 centimetres long, 167 cm wide and 160 cm high with a wheelbase of 230 centimetres, the new vehicle can accommodate up to five people and boasts a boot amongst the most spacious in its segment: 225 litres which can be extended to 260 with the sliding rear seat pushed fully forward or 870 litres with the backrest of the rear seats folded.