The Panda – in 1.2 Active, 1.2 MyLife, 1.2 Dynamic versions – comes packing Fiat's 1.2-liter Euro 5 gasoline engine, which replaces the entry-level 1.1-liter unit. The 69-horsepower engine propels the Panda from 0 to 62 miles per hour in a leisurely 13.4 seconds and then on to a top speed of 101 mph. When equipped with this engine, the Pandas return 47 miles per gallon (U.S) combined and emit 113 grams of CO2 per kilometer.
The 1.3-liter MultiJet Dynamic model features a diesel engine that takes the Panda from 0 to 62 mph in 13.1 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 103 mph. Fuel consumption for the 1.3-liter engine rings in at 56 mpg (U.S.) combined while CO2 emissions come in at 109 g/km. Prices range from £8,445 ($13,771 U.S. at the current exchange rate) for the 1.2 Active to £12,285 ($20,033 U.S.) for the MultiJet Dynamic. At this time, Fiat has no intentions of selling the Panda here in the States.
Fiat's evergreen Panda has reinforced its impressive environmental credentials with the recent introduction of Euro 5 engines across the city car range.
Higher top speed, stronger acceleration, improved fuel consumption and lower CO2 figures are all important features of these lean, green power units, which come fitted to the new line-up of Panda 1.2 Active, 1.2 MyLife, 1.2 Dynamic and the diesel 1.3 MultiJet Dynamic.
The new vehicles will further reinforce Fiat's industry-leading environmental standing – in February the company recorded Europe's lowest volume weighted CO2 emissions for the fourth consecutive year.
The 1.2-litre Euro 5 engine replaces the Panda's previous entry-level 1.1-litre petrol unit. The 69bhp unit can take the car from 0-62mph in 13.4 seconds and gives it a top speed of 101mph. It returns 57.6mpg (combined cycle) and has a CO2 figure of 113g/km.
The 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel version delivers 0-62mph acceleration in 13.1 seconds and a maximum speed of 103mph. With a combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 67.3mpg, it gives a 109g/km CO2 figure.
"The Fiat Panda is one of the motor industry's great success stories," says Elena Bernardelli, marketing director, Fiat Group Automobiles UK and Ireland. "And we plan to continue that with this new range of cars.
"The addition of the Euro 5 engine to the line-up makes the Panda an even more tempting choice for drivers looking to save on fuel costs and keep CO2 figures as low as possible."
All versions are generously equipped, with even the entry-level Active offering power steering, electric front windows, body coloured bumpers and driver and passenger airbags as standard.
MyLife cars add as standard, equipment such as alloy wheels, remote central locking and 12V power socket, while Dynamic trim adds, among a long list, body coloured door mirrors and handles, roof bars, air conditioning, pearlescent paint, split folding rear seat, MP3 player and fog lights.
Prices (OTR) for the new Euro 5 Fiat Panda range are as follows:
1.2 Active £8,445 (currently available at £6,645)
1.2 MyLife £9,255 (currently available at £7.245)
1.2 Dynamic £9,865
1.3 16v MultiJet Dynamic £12,285