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Christopher Bruce2013-03-13 18:42:24

Fiat Continuing to Expand Panda Range with Compact Offroader

New car will use Jeep parts to go against Qashqai and Yeti

 
 
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Fiat plans to create a larger Panda crossover based on the new compact Jeep and 500X

FiatFiatFiatItaly, 1899 > present159 models
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has decided that the brand will focus on creating variants of the PandaPanda Gen.3Fiat Panda Gen.3Italy, 2011 > present32 versions
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and 500500 (modern)Fiat 500 (modern)Italy, 2007 > present241 versions
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7 videos
for the near future.

“There are two cars in Fiat’s DNA – the Panda and 500. The Panda has more expansion potential," said Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne. 

The plan is to expand the Panda range with a larger crossover version of the Panda that will take on the Nissan QashqaiQashqaiNissan QashqaiJapan, 2006 > 2014312 versions
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and Skoda YetiYeti Gen.1Skoda Yeti Gen.1Czech Rep., 2009 > present196 versions
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and a Panda hot hatch.

This new crossover would likely be based on the upcoming compact JeepJeepJeepUnited States of America, 1941 > present33 models
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and Fiat 500X that will share the same platform. The Panda version would move upscale from the 500X and would not be on the market until 2015 at the soonest. 

Other than Marchionne saying that it is considering the idea, not much is know about the Panda hot hatch. It is possible that it could be a second generation of the Panda 100hpPandaFiat PandaItaly, 2006 > present2 photos
or possibly a model with even more power. 

Fiat already offers the Panda in two versions - standard and 4X4Panda 4x4 0.9 TwinAir TurboFiat Panda 4x4 0.9 TwinAi...Italy, 2012 > present4 photos

According to Marchionne, the 500 has reached its natural limits, and the 500X will be the final variant for a while. 

“We need to be careful not to peel back the onion too far in spite of our designers’ gazillion ideas. The 500X will probably be the last version of the 500," said Marchionne.

The rest of the Fiat lineup - the BravoBravo (modern)Fiat Bravo (modern)Italy, 2007 > present41 versions
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, PuntoGrande Punto - Punto Evo Gen.3Fiat Grande Punto - Punto Evo Gen.3Italy, 2012 > present32 versions
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and FreemontFreemontFiat FreemontItaly, 2011 > present13 versions
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- will continue to age. No replacements are planned for them until 2015. 

Source: Auto Express

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