Fiat says the third-generation Panda 4x4 has the same fun character, versatility, style, functionality and legendary use of space as its predecessors, but with the best of today's quality, comfort, technology and safety features.
It's a smart solution for drivers who want city car features without trading the passenger room and comfort of a five-door, or the go-anywhere ability of a full SUV.
Despite the obvious advantages of having four-wheel drive in a compact five-door city car shape, the Panda 4x4 remains unique.
By linking an automatic four-wheel drive system to a choice of advanced, economical engines in a car with raised ground clearance, Fiat has created a true city car with genuine 4x4 credibility.
The innovation doesn't end there.
Sitting between the 4x4 and the regular two-wheel drive version is the Panda Trekking, the world's first CUV or City Utility Vehicle.
This version features the Panda 4x4's raised ride height but combines front-wheel drive with a sophisticated traction control system to enhance its remarkable abilities over slippy surfaces.
The Fiat Panda 4x4 and Trekking have the same friendly, stylish shape as the regular Panda but with design accents to convey the impression of a sophisticated, multifunctional SUV.
Compared to the previous generation model, the latest Panda is longer, wider and taller.
On 4x4 and Trekking versions those dimensions increase slightly, but the cars still retain the requisite diminutive exterior proportions to remain firmly in the city car category.
Inside, a modern design combines with high quality materials, plentiful equipment, modular interior space and one of the largest luggage compartments in its class.