Last year saw the launch of the new third generation 2012 Fiat Panda, now attention has turned to the offroad version of the model. The 2013 Panda 4x4 was caught whilst undergoing cold weather testing in Scandinavia and it is the first time it has been caught in full prototype form. Previous sightings have been limited to a mule wearing the body from the standard Fiat Panda.

Most of the design details are available for all to see as engineers have refrained from wrapping it in too much camouflage.

The Fiat Panda 4x4 will not be available in the US market, however the Italian marque will use the completed platform to launch a new Jeep branded compact crossover. Sales are pencilled in to begin during this summer, therefore we should expect a debut sometime before then. A strong shout hints it will be at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Gallery: 2013 Fiat Panda 4x4 caught in the snow

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