The next-generation model will adopt an aerodynamic appearance with a rounded hood, a wider grille and sweptback headlights.

The design of the 2012 Fiat Panda has been revealed in a recent patent filing.

As the pictures show, the next-generation model will adopt an aerodynamic appearance with a rounded hood, a wider grille and sweptback headlights. There's also a prominent air intake, a disproportionate rear quarter window and a sloping roofline.

Engine options remain a bit of a mystery, but choices are expected to carryover from the 500.

The new Panda will go on sale sometime next year, so stay tuned for additional information.

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2012 Fiat Panda revealed in patent filing