UPDATED: New Fiat Panda Scooped Ahead Of 2012 Launch
UPDATED: We’ve got some more pictures thanks to Autobistrot.com which we’ve added to the gallery below.
Italian car magazine Quattroruote has gone to press revealing scoop photos of the new 2012 Fiat Panda.
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.