Since 2006 Fiat has been producing the Fiat Panda Cross, available at a new Fiat Cheshire dealership since its release, it is a rugged 4x4 version of the popular Fiat Panda. The Cross model is a mini 4x4 vehicle with full off roading capabilities, the Panda cross is visually different from the normal Panda as it sits a lot higher and has differently shaped front and rear lights as well as additional side cladding.
The Fiat Panda itself is a small mini city car produced by the Italian car manufacturer; the first generation went on sale in 1980 and was sold up until 2003 when the new generation came out. The Panda has been a huge success for Fiat; it was built in Turin, Italy, however from 2003 production moved to Tychy in Poland.
The Fiat Panda Cross has done well; it has built a reputation for itself as a serious off roader. This year amongst a few other awards it scooped the much coveted budget 4x4 of the Year award from the specialist 4x4 Magazine. The panel of 4x4 expert judges put it top of the list in the budget category; it beat off competition from the Suzuki Jimny and Lada Niva.
The specialist judges were impressed by the Fiat Panda's off-roading capability, style and affordability and were particularly impressed by the car's economical 1.3 16v MultiJet turbo diesel engine.
Hils Everitt the editor of 4x4 Magazine said, "Panda Cross is easily distinguishable, thanks to its distinctive body mouldings, two-tone paintwork, fat wheel arches and large 15-inch alloys. Besides the funkier looks, standard kit includes air conditioning, a plusher interior as well as the greater economy of a 1.3-litre diesel engine. The full-time 4x4 system that shifts torque to the wheels with the most grip, just like a full-size 4x4, will be enough all-terrain capability most owners ever need."