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Fiat expands Panda range with new City Cross model

Blending the looks of a 4x4 with the simpler, two-wheel drive transmission, this new version of the Panda could make a cut-price alternative to the likes of the Nissan Juke and Vauxhall Mokka X

Words by: First published: 3rd July 2017
  • Two-wheel-drive Panda has off-road looks
  • Available with the 69hp 1.2-litre petrol engine
  • On sale now, priced from £12,995
Fiat has extended its line-up of Panda small cars by adding a new City Cross model, which combines two-wheel-drive with 4x4-like styling.

Effectively, that means that the City Cross is a two-wheel drive version of the existing Panda Cross 4x4; and, indeed the two cars share the same design of alloy wheel, as well as looking pretty similar.

Buyers of the new City Cross have a choice of two colours – Minimal Grey and Electronica Blue – and the car also comes with body-colour front and rear bumper inserts and side mouldings, while the door mirror caps, roof bars and door handles are painted in contrasting black.

Inside, the Panda City Cross features a grey fascia with matt black inserts, while the new seats are trimmed in black and grey fabric, with black eco-leather side inserts.
Beyond that, buyers can also choose the optional Style pack, which makes the City Cross look even more like the Panda Cross 4x4. That includes adding roofbars, side mouldings and a skid plate, as well as body-coloured door mirrors. Inside, meanwhile, the pack sees the dashboard, panels and seat upholstery finished in a copper colour.

The only engine available in the City Cross is a 1.2-litre petrol unit, which averages just over 50mpg and has CO2 emissions of 129g/km. That makes it slightly less efficient than other Pandas with the same engine; but, on the other hand, the City Cross is cheaper than existing Cross 4x4 models, with prices starting from £12,995.

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