Fiat Panda Cross marries all-wheel drive with off-road looks

The kings of special editions and variants, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, will unveil a new off-road-ish variant of the Fiat Panda at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Fiat Panda Cross
Fiat Panda Cross


The Fiat Panda Cross builds on the existing all-wheel drive Panda drivetrain by adding more off-road styling cues replete with rugged grey plastic, bash plates galore at the front and back, towing hooks, new headlights, LED driving lights, and 15-inch alloy wheels on all season tyres.

Also standard is a “torque on demand” all-wheel drive system, which sends power to the rear wheels only as needed in auto mode. Switch the terrain control system out of auto and into lock, and the Fiat Panda Cross has full-time four-wheel drive. There’s also a hill descent control mode, which maintains a constant speed to help drivers navigate down hilly off-road tracks.

The Fiat Panda Cross has better approach (24 degrees) and departure (33 degree) angles compared to regular all-wheel drive Panda models. The Panda Cross will be available with either a 60kW 1.3-litre turbo-diesel or a 67kW 900cc 2-cylinder turbo petrol.

No word, yet, on whether Australia will see the Panda Cross in showrooms.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]