Fiat has prepared a more rugged-looking version of the Panda called "Cross" which will receive its first public outing at the 84th Geneva Motor Show early next month.

Fiat has prepared a more rugged-looking version of the Panda called "Cross" which will receive its first public outing at the 84th Geneva Motor Show early next month.

Fiat's manlier Panda has received a beefed up body kit with an off-road-like front bumper, redesigned fog lights, oversized wheel arches and roof bars. It also comes with a different rear bumper and unique 15-inch alloy wheels which round off the exterior changes. Inside it gets a leather trim along with standard goodies such as Blue&Me infotainment system and climate control.

The Fiat Panda Cross is equipped with the torque-on-demand system available in the Panda 4x4 which can distribute torque between the front and rear axles depending on available traction. It comes with a variety of assistance modes such as Hill Descent Control while the suspension has been updated with a MacPherson front setup and a new torsion beam rear.

Motorization is provided by a turbocharged 0.9-liter TwinAir with 90 HP (66 kW) and 107 lb-ft (145 Nm) as well as by a 1.3-liter MultiJet turbodiesel rated at 80 HP (59 kW) and 140 lb-ft (190 Nm) of torque. It should be mentioned these two engines are 5 HP more powerful than what they offer in the rest of the Panda range. Fiat says they are offering a specific variant of the six-speed manual transmission for the gasoline engine which has a shortened first gear to better handle harder terrain.

The model is slated to go on sale this fall and will be a bit more expensive than the aforementioned Panda 4x4.

Additional details can be found in the attached press release.

Fiat Panda Cross gains rugged looks for 2014 Geneva show