The Fiat Panda, a car that has been around in the Europe for several years now but never made it to the Middle East, is going to be reintroduced with a new face, marking the beginning of Panda’s third generation.
The new Fiat Panda will be offered with a variety of engine choices which include an all-new 85 hp 900 cc turbocharged motor, a 65 hp 0.9-litre naturally aspirated engine, and a renewed 69 hp 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated engine among the range of gasoline engines, and a 75 hp 1.3-litre common-rail direct-injection diesel engine, all featuring Start & Stop system for optimum fuel efficiency. A bi-fuel 80 hp turbocharged 0.9-litre engine and a 69 hp 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated engine, running on petrol-methane and petrol/LPG combinations respectively, shall be introduced later.
The highlight of the Fiat Panda is that it is also available as a four-wheel drive variant thereby allowing it to stand out in the competition by possessing the ability to travel way beyond the city limits where other sub-compacts do not dare to roam. Various other interesting features include a gear shift indicator which guides the driver to shift gears accordingly for improved fuel economy, daytime running lights, front and side airbags, ABS with Brake Assist, Collision detection system with automatic braking and a premium infotainment system featuring TomTom navigation supporting live traffic updates.
The new Fiat Panda shall debut at the 2011 Frankfurt International Motor Show. With Fiat aiming for a comeback into the UAE, Saudi Arabia and a few other GCC markets, it may be entirely possible that the Fiat Panda gets launched here. If so, then expect an interesting addition to the sub-compact competition.