Fiat has announced pricing and specification details for the third-generation Panda, which goes on sale in Ireland this week.
Slightly larger than the model it replaces, Fiat says the new Panda boasts improved safety standards, more interior space, and fresh interior and exterior designs, inspired by the concept of the "Squircle", ie, squared-off circular shapes.
Fiat points out that special attention has also been paid to the materials, solidity, and overall finish of the new Panda, which is now built in Fiat's flagship factory near Naples in Italy. And it is not just style enhancements - the Panda's chassis benefits from improved noise and vibration isolation, reduced body roll, and higher levels of grip, to provide real substance.
Two engines will power the Fiat Panda at launch and two trim levels will be offered: Pop and Easy. The entry-level engine is the 69bhp 1.2-litre engine which has been revised for improved refinement and efficiency in the new Panda, while the remarkable 75bhp, 1.3-litre, MultiJet II turbo diesel engine is also offered, complete with start & stop and gearshift indicator systems as standard.
The award-winning, 85bhp, 0.9-litre, twin air turbo engine will be available shortly after launch, offering punchy performance and impressive fuel economy along with Band A emissions, indeed that is just like the rest of the 2012 Fiat Panda range.
Standard specification on Pop versions includes central locking; electric front windows, electric mirrors, front and full-length curtain airbags, anti-whiplash headrests, and daytime running lights.
The Easy version adds air conditioning, remote locking, front foglights, roof bars, and an upgraded audio system.
Other available optional extra features include ESP stability control, climate control, parking sensors, an electric skydome sunroof, dualogic automated manual transmission, Blue&Me connectivity and a TomTom live satellite navigation system.
Fiat tells us that an advanced "low speed collision mitigation" braking system will be rolled out later in 2012, the first Fiat Group vehicle to feature such advanced safety technology.