Fiat has unveiled the 2013 Panda 4x4, ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show.

Described as a "Super Panda," the model is distinguished by an off-road inspired body kit with plastic body cladding, underbody protection and aluminum accents. The car also features an increased ride height and 15-inch alloy wheels.

The interior carries over, but adopts a green dashboard, revised upholstery and "eco" leather accents on the door panels.

Under the hood, two engines are available. The 0.9-liter TwinAir Turbo produces 85 PS (63 kW / 84 hp), while the 1.3-liter MultiJet II diesel cranks out 75 PS (55 kW / 74 hp). They are connected to six-speed transmission which has a low-range first gear for better uphill starts and acceleration.

As the name implies, the model is equipped with a permanent four-wheel drive system that distributes traction "homogenously and proportionally" according to road conditions. It comes standard with electronic stability control and an electronic locking differential system which applies the brakes to wheels that are slipping.


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