Fiat has just revealed high-riding all-wheel drive version of the new Panda in advance of its upcoming debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The new Fiat Panda 4×4 will come with two microscopic engines, a raised suspension, and minor exterior tweaks over the base front-drive Panda.
Visually, Fiat’s new Panda 4×4 is almost identical to the regular Panda and, for the most part, looks like someone fitted a lift-kit onto a one. Up front, the Panda 4×4 has a square-shaped grille that merges into an aluminum-colored faux skidplate and unique foglights. The Panda 4×4 also gets black rocker sills, prominent “4×4″ badging on the rear passenger doors, and 15-inch wheels. The Panda-on-steroids look is complete out back with a unique bumper with its own fake aluminum skidplate.
Inside, the Panda 4×4′s cabin is identical to the Panda’s save for an earth-tone color palate and an extra cubby hole.
Powering the Fiat Panda 4×4 is the Panda’s “TwinAir” 0.9-liter turbocharged I-2 that makes 85 hp. An 80-hp dual fuel version that runs on gasoline and methane will also be offered. Those who prefer diesel engines can opt for the MultiJet II 1.3-liter turbodiesel I-4 that’s good for 75 hp. Both engines are paired with a six-speed manual transmission.
Despite what the name may have you believe, the Panda 4×4 will be offered with both front- and all-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive version uses an electronic locking differential to route power where it’s needed. Most of the time, the front wheels will be propelling the Panda 4×4 along. For especially slippery terrain, full-time all-wheel drive can be activated with the flip of a switch at speeds under 32 mph.