This is Fiat’s next-generation of Panda, unveiled ahead of a public debut at the Frankfurt motor show next month.
The new model is 3.65m long, around 12cm longer than the outgoing model; it’s also six centimetres wider, at 1.64m. It gets ‘softer’, more curved styling at the front, but retains the Panda’s distinctive, upright stance.
Fiat claims it can cope with five passengers - helped by new, thinner seatbacks that free up space. The cabin gets more body-coloured mouldings in the fascia - not dissimilar to those in the 500, which shares many of the same underpinnings - and a deep dashboard pocket ahead of the passenger.
There’s a rear seat that folds and slides, and the front passenger’s seat backrest can fold forwards to become a table. The engine line-up will include a pair of two-cylinder petrol units (a 64bhp motor and a turbocharged 84bhp version), and a 1.3-litre, four-cylinder 74bhp diesel. All of these engines get stop-start as standard; the remaining option, a 68bhp, 1.2-litre petrol, does not.
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