FIAT of Daytona Presents a Preview of the All-New FIAT Panda Cross

November 13th, 2014 by

For those who are at least somewhat familiar with the FIAT brand, the Panda Cross may seem more than a little familiar. Based in part on the already available Panda 4 x 4, the Cross offers a number of extras intended to make the weekly grocery run or trip up out to the local off-road areas much more fun. Among the many features you will find are extra-large 15 inch rims and tires and an all-new suspension package made to provide you with more comfort and even better off-road performance.

Most Noticeable Additions

There have been a number of additions to the original Panda in the Cross version. Most noticeable among them are freshly redesigned front and rear plastic clad bumpers. You will also find the new Panda Cross includes heavy duty metal front and rear skid plates for added protection when going off-road. For your night-time driving safety the Panda features redesigned fog lights and LED daytime running lights. Most drivers in the Daytona Beach area find that the added ride height and new bumpers offer better attack and departure angles than those found on the original four wheel drive version.

Driving the New FIAT Panda Cross

You can order your 2015 FIAT Panda Cross with either a 1.3 liter diesel that produces 80 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque, or the 900 c.c. two cylinder gasoline engine that produces an impressive 90 horsepower, turbocharged 107 lb-ft of torque. No matter which engine you choose, your new Panda will come with a six speed manual transmission and FIAT’s start/stop technology.

Both of the engines offer plenty of pulling power, something many first time drivers are pleased to find with such modest horsepower ratings. In fact you will find that standing starts are likely to surprise those sitting next to you at the stoplights. However, it is off-road where you get to see the true performance side of the new Panda Cross.

Both versions offer incredible fuel economy ratings, with the MultiJet diesel 1.3 liter four cylinder chalking up an incredible 60.1 mpg when running on the combined cycle. Those who opt for the turbocharged 2 cylinder engine will enjoy an amazing 57.6 mpg, making both among the most fuel efficient crossover vehicles on the market today.

Where the Pavement Ends

There are plenty of places to head off the beaten path around Daytona, but if you plan to go out and play in the mud you need a vehicle capable of taking you there. The Cross offers more off-road capability than the average commuter is ever likely to need and more. In fact during testing the Cross faired exceptionally well when compared to the performance of a Range Rover Sport, especially in deep mud, clambering over rocks, and taking on deep water.

Many drivers find that the lighter weight Cross does better than the Range Rover, due to the lower overall weight. This low weight makes it much easier for the Cross to keep going without getting bogged down in areas where the heavier Range Rover got stuck.

Safe and Well-Equipped

The standard FIAT Panda Cross comes exceptionally well-equipped with features such as automatic climate control, fog lights, FIAT’s Blue&Me® voice control entertainment system with BlueTooth and USB connectivity. You also get a leather wrapped steering wheel and 15 inch alloy wheels with all-season tires. You can also order extra features such as the winter pack that includes a heated windshield and heated seats. Standard safety features include front seat passenger airbags and antilock brakes.

Final Thoughts

Our customers in the Daytona Beach area will find the FIAT Panda Cross surprisingly fun to drive with plenty of power and great handling. No matter whether you buy yours for daily commuting or for a little off-road fun, the Cross has a lot to offer. Loaded with features and exceptional fuel economy, the Panda is a great buy and well worth considering for your next new vehicle. Come see one at FIAT of Daytona Beach, we are conveniently located at 1450 N Tomoka Farms Rd, Daytona Beach, FL 32124, visit online or call 888-458-9401 to arrange for your test drive.

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