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Fiat launches the new Panda Cross

Fiat launches the new Panda Cross

Fiat has released its new 4x4 Panda Cross and first deliveries are expected on September 20.

The pint-sized off-roader is available in only one trim specification but there are two engine options, with uprated versions of the 1.3 MultiJet II and 0.9 TwinAir Turbo engines, now with 79bhp and 89bhp.

Specification includes LED daytime running lights, roof bars, part leather trim, Bluetooth, MP3 compatibility, climate control and electric door mirrors.

Based on the Fiat Panda 4X4, the new Cross offers similar capability but with the cool look of a city car.

It has a Terrain Control function, which offers the choice of three driving modes  Auto, Off-Road and Hill Descent. In Auto, power is generally delivered to the front wheels until slip is detected. Off-Road mode features a torque-on-demand system, sending power to the wheels that need it, and Hill Descent automatically brakes the car for a smooth descent.

New features such as oversized tyres, improved attack angles, increased ground clearance and new front and rear protective steel plates aid its capability off-road.

Fiat's innovative City Brake control system is available for £250, which operates at speeds of up to 19mph and uses a laser sensor to detect other vehicles or obstacles in front of the car and activating Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) if the driver fails to brake quickly.

by: Danielle Bagnall