The third generation of the popular Panda model in its 31-year history has just been officially revealed by Fiat and it has a more versatile exterior design with “rounder lines” but its power still remains under the 90 HP barrier.
According to the automaker, the new Panda comes with four airbags, anti-lock, daytime running lamps, sunroof and electric power steering, some of them as standard, some available as an option, Fiat didn’t say which is what yet.
The 2012 Panda is powered by TwinAir two-cylinder petrol engine delivering 64 BHP in the 0.9 Aspirated TwinAir form and 84 BHP in the 0.9 liter Turbo. A larger 1.2 liter and 68 BHP petrol unit is also available, along with the 1.3 liter Multijet diesel which is developing 74 BHP. The engines will be connected to Fiat’s Dualogic robotized manual transmission and the stop/start system will also be available.
The building quality of the new Panda generation will be improved by using 603 state-of-the-art robots and the new 2012 model will enter production in winter 2011 at the Giambattista Vico plant in Naples.