Fiat has launched at the 84th Geneva Motor show the range-topping Panda Cross which is slated to go on sale this fall.

Fiat has launched at the 84th Geneva Motor show the range-topping Panda Cross which is slated to go on sale this fall.

Sitting above the Panda 4x4, Fiat's new Panda Cross uses the same torque-on-demand four-wheel drive system and electronic locking differential. The system is capable of automatically distributing available torque between the front and rear wheels depending on traction. On very steep hills the driver is helped by a Hill Descent Control system that is also suitable for going down on bumpy roads.

The more rugged-looking Panda comes with an off-road-inspired body kit including additional plastic body cladding, beefier wheel arches, updated roof bars and redesigned fog lights. It rides on a fresh new set of 15-inch rims and on the inside benefits from Fiat's Blue&Me infotainment system together with a climate control system and leather trim.

Customers will have the possibility of configuring their Panda Cross with either a 90 HP 0.9-liter TwinAir or a 80 HP 1.3-liter MultiJet. Opt for the gasoline engine and Fiat will offer a specially developed 6-speed manual gearbox that comes with a shortened first gear. Also updated is the vehicle's MacPherson front suspension as well as the rear torsion beam better suited for the 4x4 system.

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