An Italian website has released spy shot pictures of the interior of the 2012 Fiat Panda, grabbed while the unattended car was spotted during a break in testing.
We can see a functional interior with a focus on practicality above style, much like the current model Panda. But the 2012 model loses some of today’s Lego Duplo feel, picking up classic rectangular air vents for example. As with the current Panda, and the 500, the gear change remains placed high on the dashboard rather than the floor. The seats retain hard wearing cloth but sport a funky design to lift the feel of the cabin.
The new Panda, Fiat’s cheapest car in the UK, will slot below the 500 in the range as the current one does. It does grow a little though, by about 20cm (about 8 inches) to 370cm in length (just over 12 feet). The design is all new, not a facelift, but stays true to the current Fiat Panda, which has been wildly successful for the Italian auto giant. This new model also takes inspiration from the South American market Novo Uno (New Uno — and yes, they do still get Unos over there although the name died in the UK when the first generation Punto was introduced in 1993).
Under the bonnet expect the current 1.2 litre petrol engine with about 69hbp and the Multijet 1.3 litre diesel with around 75bhp. It is also highly likely that the revolutionary and critically acclaimed 900cc petrol TwinAir engines from the Fiat 500 will also feature, making the new Fiat Panda one of, if not the, lowest CO2 emitting petrol car in the world — expect it to cough out around 95g/km. As with the first and second generation Pandas, expect a 4×4 version with raised ground clearance.
An on sale date for the UK is not clear yet, but expect it to be priced from about £8,000.