The 2013 Fiat Panda. SUV’s Just Got Smaller.
Updated August 30, 2012
Auto maker Fiat has been very busy these past few years, with the whole buying into Chrysler, and all. Keeping the Detroit Giant afloat, and then further collaborating with them to help in the marketing of their now world famous Fiat 500. One of the three smallest cars in America right now. (Scion IQ & Smart For2) So with fame, and notoriety in the US, what has Fiat been doing across the pond?
Apparently Fiat has decided to give their die hard little Panda a well deserved make over. Introducing the 2013 Fiat Panda, one of the smallest cross-over vehicles in the world. Now, let’s very briefly look back on the history of the Panda. The Panda was, and still is an original Italian design from Fiat, and was born in 1980. It started life as a very small under powered, boxy, economical car for people to use in everyday situations. The Panda had become very famous, was soon being reshaped, remodeled, and retrofitted into various styles to accommodate the growing demand. Years passed, and the Panda’s looks were not in keeping with the times, and sales, as well as love for the Panda fell off.
So, in 2003 the Fiat Panda met it’s end, and was no longer produced. Skip ahead 5 years and Fiat designers found a way to make the Panda relevant again. By infusing more modern looks, chic & upbeat styling cues, and oddly enough adding a 4WD drive train, and (Poof!) the Panda was back on it’s feet again. Which brings us to our new model. The 2013 Fiat Panda has a body that is based off of the older 5 door (Tall) Panda, and will come with more features than any other model before it. The 2013 Fiat Panda will come standard with a 4×4, Dual Electronic Controlled, Limited Slip Differential, that allows the driver to basically control the how the power, and torque of the motor is delivered. Depending on driving conditions, the Panda’s CPU will route power to the appropriate wheel, at the right time. Kind of like an ultra tiny Subaru. The 2013 Panda will be offered with only two engine options. The first being a peppy 0.9L, two(2) cylinder engine that makes 84hp, and the second is a 1.3L, four(4) cylinder, 73hp diesel engine. It sounds like nothing much, but in most areas in Europe you don’t really need a lot of horsepower,
The 2013 Fiat Panda, was given a major face lift before it was introduced to the European market, at the 2011 Paris Auto Show. Beefy wheel arches, plump looking door sills, a taller ergonomic roof line, Matte Black accents, and a Silver lower brush guard for those moments of daring off-road adventures, are what makes this Panda look so great. For what it’s worth the Panda has stood the test of time, and has basically been reinvented to keep up with the modern world as we know it. Who knows, it won’t be long before we see a Panda EV, or Hybrid Panda. All it will take is time at the drawing board, and some positive reinforcement. It could happen.