Fiat Introduces New Panda ahead of Frankfurt Debut

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Want to try and guess which is the best-selling car in the European mini segment? Yes, it's the Fiat Panda. The Italian are fully aware of the little car's potential and are looking forqrd to introduce the third generation of the Panda at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show.

"Evolution" is the keyword here, as the Panda promises to build on the assets offered by the two previous generations. The styling cues are now more elaborate, but the lines are simple and you get a feeling of joy just by looking at the car.

Underneath her clothes, (Fiat wants to convice us that) lies an endless story, like Shakira would say. How big is the territory: the car's length has been expanded from 3538mm to 3650mm, while the witdh has jumped from 1578mm to 1640mm and the height now sits at 1550mm, up 10mm.

You'll have plenty of engines to choose from, as there are four units that will be fitted to the vehicle when it is launched, three petrols and two diesels.

The entry level unit will be a 65hp 875cc naturally-aspirated two-cylinder engine, which will also be offerd in an 85hp turbocharged incarnation. Between these two, you'll have the naturally-aspirated 1.2-liter unit that delivers 29 hp. Oil-burning fans will receive a 1.3-liter Multijet unit, which produces 75 hp.

Fuel efficiency has been one of the engineers' main aims, so you can order a start stop system, while the range of engines will be expanded with a petrol LPG version of the naturally aspirtaed 1.2-liter unit and petrol/methane version of the 0.9-liter turbocharged unit.

Abarth won't just stand on the side, looking at the Panda. Oh, no. Fiat's go-fast division is expected to play with Panda the thrid, but there are no official details available yet.
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