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Published on October 17th, 2012 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Fiat Panda, Will It Come To Malaysia?

This is a new model from Fiat. This is the Fiat Panda Trekking. It combines off-road looks with smart front-wheel drive and “Traction+” technology. That’s what makes this new car the perfect solution for those who mainly use their vehicles in the city, but want to travel safely on surfaces with poorer road grip during all their outdoor activities. All of this without compromising on the space and versatility so unique to an SUV which is compact on the outside but surprisingly large on the inside. This is how Panda Trekking became Fiat’s first 5-door ‘City Utility Vehicle’ in the segment.

From a stylistic point of view, the new Fiat Panda Trekking is perfect for city dwellers with its marked geometric lines of the front and rear bumpers, while the tailpipes seamlessly follow the lines of the body. 2 two new body colours now complement the existing colour palette: Sicilia orange (pastel) and Toscana green (metallic).

The interior comes with a green fascia variant frames the instruments and the large storage pocket, there are fabric seats with a special design in three colour options (green, beige, pumpkin) and eco-leather details, front and rear door panels also with eco-leather inserts and finally a high console over the central tunnel which adds a further storage compartment to the 14 already present on the 4×2 versions. The Fiat Panda Trekking is available with the following engines: 80 HP TwinAir Turbo Natural Power and 75 HP 1.3 MultiJet II, however we assume that the 85 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo will be the best option for the Malaysian consumer.

Offered with five doors it is just 368 centimetres long, 167 cm wide and 160 cm high with a wheelbase of 230 centimetres and it can accommodate up to five people and boasts a boot amongst the most spacious in its segment: 225 litres which can be extended to 260 with the sliding rear seat pushed fully forward or 870 litres with the backrest of the rear seats folded.

As well as being spacious, the passenger compartment of the new Trekking is also functional and comfortable thanks to the variety of seating configurations. For example: the driver’s seat is also available with adjustable height while the front passenger seat can be fitted with a fold-down table backrest. In this latter case, this means you can benefit from a handy support surface both for common objects, such as a handbag or a laptop, as well as for more unusual items: when the rear seats are also folded down, the customer can obtain a flat loading surface for the entire length of the passenger compartment (more than 2 metres), allowing maximum use of the interior space.

The rear seat ensures the same versatility. It is available in the standard 2-seater version with folding unsplit backrest or, on request, in the following configurations: 2 seats, sliding lengthwise, with 50/50 split folding backrest; 3 seats with folding backrest; and 3 seats with 60/40 split folding backrest. This can all be made even more functional if combined with the handy and useful “cargo box” container that when placed in the boot lets you both stow several objects inside of it or obtain an all but flat loading surface.

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