The new Fiat Panda returns with a new fresh look. The compact car was first introduced in 1980, and with the second generation Panda later introduced in 2003. The city car is now in its third generation with more modern practicalities.
The new 2013 Fiat Panda will be offered with a five-door configuration, which Fiat claims to offer more space for passengers and storage area. The new Fiat Panda has grown in size a bit. It is now measured 3,650 mm long, 1,640 mm wide, and 1,550 mm tall.
The new Fiat Panda still retains some of the second-generation model’s appearance such as the signature large glass window and vertical rear lights. But we also see some of the design cues from the Fiat 500 flowed onto the new Fiat Panda as well. It is more rounder all around and modern looking than its predecessor.
As you moved to the interior of the new Fiat Panda, you will notice the same layout of the center console along with gear lever placed high on top. Much of the interior material quality has been updated to the modern design. It now comes with an enhanced sliding rear passenger seat that can folded or split away. The new dashboard acts as a multifunctional shell, which opens to a large storage area within.
As for the powertrain department, the new Fiat Panda will be available in six engine choices. The two new engines are both TwinAir two-cylinder engines rated at 900-cc, which featured Fiat’s Start&Stop system to help cut down fuel consumption. The non-turbo engine produces 65 horsepower while the turbo version produces 85 horsepower. The rest of the engine lineup is no greater than a 1.3-liter Multijet II producing 75 horsepower at the maximum. All engines for the new Fiat Panda will be available with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard.
To ensure the safety, the Panda now comes with four airbags for the front and window, ABS with Brake Assist System, Isofix attachments for child seats, anti-whiplash front headrests, rear headrests and headlamps with Daytime Running Lights as standard equipment.
The new Fiat Panda will be available in three trim levels, with ten body colors and four different interiors to mix choose. Production will start in November at Fiat’s Naples factory in Italy.