Fiat Panda

Thursday, 31 October 2013
Fiat Chrysler Group has announced the arrival of the celebrated Fiat Panda, one of Europe’s most iconic city cars that is now available in Australia for the very first time, joining a growing Fiat vehicle range that includes the 500, Punto, Freemont, Scudo, Ducato and Abarth models.


The new Fiat Panda is the latest version of a well-loved and admired car that is renowned for its use of space, compact dimensions, fun style and functionality. With its five doors and flexible interior, the new Panda builds on an enviable reputation for convenience and durability that has been its hallmark since the original Panda was unveiled in 1980.


The third generation Panda, Europe’s top-selling supermini, is bigger, roomier, safer and more fuel efficient than its predecessors. With the continued popularity of downsizing, the concept of an attractive, sophisticated city car with room for five, an advanced range of economical engines and a host of large car features has never been more appealing.


The all-new Fiat Panda is just such a car, with an interior boasting greater flexibility and higher quality materials than its predecessor, as well as some clever, cutting edge technologies that set a new benchmark for small cars when it was launched in Europe. All of this is cloaked in a stylish, yet friendly new design and powered by some of the most economical engines on the market today.


For the Australian market, the Panda line-up consists of four models – Pop, Easy, Lounge and the 4x4-inspired Trekking. Three different engines are offered across the four-model Panda range, headlined by Fiat’s award-winning TwinAir turbo powerplant.


This 875cc unit has the lowest carbon dioxide emissions of any quantity production petrol engine in the world and won International Engine of the Year 2011 courtesy of its unique combination of power, flexibility and economy. 


With 63 kW of power, Combined Cycle fuel efficiency as low as 4.1 litres per 100km and a characterful throaty sound track, this engine has cemented Fiat’s position at the forefront of modern combustion engine development.


The TwinAIr turbo is joined by the latest evolution of the dependable 1.2-litre FIRE engine, which produces 51 kW and employs variable valve timing technology to blend power with economy.  The new Panda is also available with a 1.3-litre MultiJet2 turbo diesel engine.  This second generation, compact unit features faster injectors than its predecessor, making it quieter, more economical and cheaper to run.


The TwinAir and MultiJet engines are both fitted with the Start&Stop system, while all three Panda engines are equipped with the Gear Shift Indicator (GSI) feature, which suggests to the driver when to change gear in order to achieve the best fuel economy.


As well as the new engines, the new Panda has revised dimensions that make it longer, wider and taller than the vehicle it replaces, with more space for passengers and their luggage, while still maintaining sufficiently diminutive exterior dimensions to sit firmly in the city car category.


Most of the Panda’s growth in length is in the rear overhang, which has enabled an increase to luggage space as well as more legroom for rear passengers. The new Panda is also 66 mm wider, which means it can seat three passengers comfortably in the rear – most class rivals have room for only two passengers in the back.


For improved passenger comfort and driver enjoyment there is all-new suspension and a body that is significantly more rigid than its predecessor.  These attributes further improve the Panda’s already impressive safety credentials, which includes six airbags, ABS anti-lock braking with Brake Assist System (BAS), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and an active anti-whiplash head restraint system as standard equipment across the range, making it one of the best-equipped cars of its kind in safety terms.


Unusually for a car of this size, it also features a new safety innovation as standard equipment on the Lounge variant called Low Speed Collision Mitigation – this advanced safety system reads the road ahead and when it detects an obstacle in the vehicle’s path, applies the brakes automatically to avoid a collision.


But the Panda’s long list of practical features isn’t just reserved for the driver.  To maximise space inside, the all-new interior is packed with useful equipment, such as 14 storage compartments, including an open portal on the dashboard.


As with all other models in the Fiat vehicle range, the new Panda is equipped with the Blue&Me connectivity system to allow owners to sync music players and mobile phones with the vehicle, enabling handsfree control of devices using either voice activation or steering-wheel mounted controls.


The new Panda is also available with the latest Blue&Me TomTom navigation device as an option, featuring a 4.3-inch touchscreen. However, all Panda models are fitted with the navigation device docking port as standard equipment, which means they are all pre-equipped and ready to fully integrate the navigation unit with the vehicle’s audio system.


Pricing:

Model Engine Transmission Price*
Pop 1.2L FIRE 4cyl petrol 5-spd manual $16,500
Easy 0.9L TwinAir 2cyl petrol 5-spd manual $19,000
Easy 0.9L TwinAir 2cyl petrol 5-spd Dualogic $20,500
Lounge 0.9L TwinAir 2cyl petrol 5-spd Dualogic $22,500
Trekking 1.3L MultiJet 4 cyl turbo 5-spd manual $24,000 
diesel

* Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) – does not include statutory or delivery charges
 


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