Fiat introducing A-segment Panda 4x4 at Paris Motor Show
30 August 2012
The new Fiat Panda 4x4—the only A-segment four-wheel drive model—will make its debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The third-generation four-wheel drive Panda will offer a choice of two engines: 85 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo and 75 HP 1.3 MultiJet II.
|Panda 4x4. Click to enlarge.|
The TwinAir Turbo has 40% more torque than the 1.2 Fire of the previous generation. This in combination with the special six-speed gearbox with low-range first gear ensures much better uphill starts, quality when starting, flexibility and pick-up. A similar improvement is found on the MultiJet II engine, where torque is increased by 30%.
The Panda 4x4 is equipped with a “Torque on demand” transmission system with two differentials and electronically controlled coupling. This is a permanent four-wheel drive system managed by an electronic control unit which, by analyzing vehicle signals, distributes traction on the front and rear axle homogeneously and proportionally according to road grip conditions. The advantages of this system are entirely automatic operation and no maintenance.
The Panda 4x4 features the ESC (Electronic Stability Control) system with ELD (Electronic Locking Differential) function as standard. This system provides additional assistance while driving and setting off uphill on slippery terrain (snow, ice, mud etc.). More specifically, the ELD acts by braking the wheels with poor grip (or those slipping more than the others), thereby transferring the drive force to those which have more grip on the ground. This function can be activated manually by pressing the button behind the gear lever and operates below 50 km/h (31 mph).
Fiat has been producing the Panda for 31 years. The 2013 model is roomier but more frugal on gas @ 67.3 mpg in England. This is a rare AWD, 5-door, 5-passenger SUV @ under $19K with the 6-speed manual transmission.
Posted by: HarveyD | 30 August 2012 at 11:15 AM