Fiat has revealed a new city-friendly crossover version of the Panda, aptly called the Panda City Cross. Combining the regular Panda front-wheel drive running gear with the rugged body and raised ride height of the Panda Cross 4x4, it may be an immediate hit for some thanks to its great-value list price: from £12,995.
Powered by the best-choice 69-horsepower 1.2-litre engine, the Panda City Cross averages 51.4mpg, emits 129g/km and offers a fuss-free drive shorn of an unnecessary all-wheel drive transmission.
It instead lifts the bits from the Panda Cross 4x4 that most buyers care about: rugged body-colour front and rear bumper inserts, meaty side mouldings and smart black door mirrors seemingly ready-made for shrugging off inner city mirror-banging. It even has black roof bars, and you can choose from two new body colours: Minimal Grey or Electronica Blue – the latter (pictured here) a City Cross exclusive.
The dual-headlight front end of the 4x4 features, with its distinctive additional ‘squircle’ units, and it has lower LED running lights for a touch of modernity. Meanwhile, there’s more rugged black detailing inside: the grey dashboard has matt black instrument panel inserts, plus black and grey fabric seats with black ‘eco-leather’ (fake leather?) side inserts.
Want to go further? Pick the City Cross Style Pack, with ‘ultrashine’ roof bars, side mouldings and skid plates, body colour door mirrors and a neat-sounding copper dashboard. Sound like your sort of thing? The Panda City Cross is available to order now – at a fair saving over the Panda Cross, which starts from more than £16,000…