Updated Panda starts at £11,895 23 | 10 | 2020

    FIAT HAS CELEBRATED the 40th anniversary of the Panda by unveiling … the New Panda. The latest version of the Italian company’s supermini gains enhanced technology, a number of new derivatives and some styling tweaks.  Available to order from early November, prices will start from £11,895, a £1315 increase over the outgoing model. (Related: Fiat 500 and Panda get mild-hybrid engines)

    Boasting reshaped side skirts, a new front bumper, and fresh wheel designs, the updated Panda will be powered by a new 69bhp mild-hybrid petrol engine, which will be standard fitment on all models except the 4x4. The latter will continue with the 0.9-litre TwinAir petrol option. (Related: Fiat 500X gets S-Design style boost)

    According to Fiat the new mild-hybrid delivers a 30% reduction in emissions and an equal improvement in fuel economy when compared with its non-electrified equivalent.

    Buyers will be able to choose from three different ranges Life, Sport and Cross; with updated trim levels: Panda, City Life, Wild 4x4, Sport, City Cross and Cross 4x4.

    Panda Life Range

    The entry-level Panda Life (pictured below) gets body-coloured bumpers, 14-inch steel wheels, air conditioning and DAB radio with MP3 compatibility and USB connectivity.

    The Panda City Life builds on this with front fog lights, new front bumpers, a brand-new insert in the side skirts and 15-inch dark metal alloy wheels. Various black exterior elements, including the roof rack, side protection, door mirror housings and external handles, complete the look.


    Inside, two-tone grey seats and an anthracite-coloured dashboard complements the exterior, while leather steering wheel and audio controls, manual air conditioning and Uconnect system complete with DAB radio, Bluetooth and smartphone mount installed on the dashboard complete the standard specification.

    The Panda Wild 4x4 tops the Panda Life range with the same exterior and interior features as the Panda City Life, but adds all-wheel drive, rear differential gear locking, and front and rear skidplates.


    Panda Sport


    The Panda Sport (pictured above and below), which starts at £13,295, joins the Panda line-up for the first time. It is instantly recognisable thanks to new 16in alloys, red brake callipers, darkened rear windows, and body-coloured door handles and door mirrors. A new dedicated matt grey paint is available exclusively on Panda Sport with the option to choose glossy black roof top and door mirrors.


    Inside, a titanium-coloured dashboard, door panels in eco-leather, black roof and new seats with dark grey upholstery, red stitching and eco-leather details and techno-leather steering wheel with red stitching, complement the exterior styling.


    Panda Cross range

    The Panda City Cross (pictured below), starting from £13,995, provides a robust exterior look coupled with features never-before-seen on Panda. On the outside, LED DRL headlights, black door mirrors, handles, roof rack and side sills, 15in alloys, body-coloured bumpers and skidplates complete the look, while a new ceramic blue pastel paint is available for the first time.

    Inside, new blue and black two-tone eco-leather upholstery on the door panels and seats with silver stitching and fabric side panels finish the look. Automatic climate control is also standard.


    The new line-up is completed by the £17,995 range-topping Panda Cross 4x4. Building on the Panda City Cross, the Cross 4x4 receives all terrain selector with three modes (Auto, Off-road, Hill Descent Control), all-wheel drive, rear differential gear locking and rear parking sensors.

    The standard specification is completed with red front tow hooks, electrically adjustable and heated body-coloured door mirrors, front and rear bumper with silver skid plates, silver side mouldings and roof rails and dark tinted rear windows.

     Inside, the new dashboard is made from processed waste wood, while the new black and grey two-tone seats feature fabric in the centre panel made from at least 37 per cent recycled material.


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    Jim McGill


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