Citroen C3 Platform-Based ⁠Fiat Grande Panda Unveiled with Electric and Hybrid Powertrains

Although technical specifications are still under wraps, Fiat has announced that the Grande Panda is designed on a multi-energy platform, supporting both hybrid and electric models.

By Reetika Bhatt | on June 18, 2024 Follow us on Autox Google News

Fiat has introduced the new Grande Panda hatchback. Based on the STLA Smart platform, it is effectively the sister model to the Euro-spec Citroen C3, with a boxy appearance and distinctive square and X-themed design elements. The Grande Panda, developed and engineered in Turin, Italy, incorporates cutting-edge technology and contemporary design aspects while taking cues from the legendary Panda of the 1980s. It is the first car in Fiat's new global lineup and promises to revolutionise the B-segment car market by providing the ideal balance of compact size and roomy cabins fit for a family of five.

The car meets the growing demand for environmentally friendly vehicles by offering both electric and hybrid versions, which makes it a desirable option for car buyers. In keeping with its current expansion strategy, Fiat intends to introduce a new car annually through 2027, thereby strengthening its position as one of the leading global players in the industry.

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Fiat Grande Panda: Design Cues

Fiat Grande Panda Side View

On the design front, the erect nose has an enclosed grille that blends seamlessly with the headlamps thanks to its cube-like pattern. Furthermore, the rectangular headlamps sport prominent pixel-like lighting elements. The daytime running lights (DRLs) make an X pattern, which is also seen in other areas of the car. The bumper has a thin air vent directly below the grille, and a huge rectangular air dam rests at the base. The air dam's passage into the bumper also exhibits a cube-style pattern. 

The fenders' pronounced flares are another example of how the squared-out design theme extends to the sides. The word "Panda" has been etched on the metal of the doors, and an X pattern is also seen in the wheel design. The Fiat emblem is stamped into the tailgate, and the X-shaped lighting elements are likewise featured around the back of the vertically oriented tail lamps. Together with the large rear windscreen, a black trim piece featuring the Panda badge spans the width of the tailgate, giving the design a layered appearance.

Fiat Grande Panda: Mechanical Specs

Fiat Grande Panda Rear and Side View

Although technical specifications are still under wraps, Fiat has announced that the Grande Panda is designed on a multi-energy platform, supporting both hybrid and electric models. This reflects the increased market demand for environmentally friendly automobiles and is in line with Fiat's commitment to sustainability. Despite the Panda's history of providing four-wheel drive, it is anticipated that the new-generation model will only be available as a front-wheel drive car. 

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Fiat intends to release additional information on the Grande Panda in the upcoming months. The vehicle is aimed at markets where Fiat is well-established and will be accessible across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. There are currently no signs, though, that the Grande Panda will be offered for sale in markets like the US. The present-generation Panda, renamed Pandina in February this year, will remain on the market for the time being. For the uninitiated, the third-gen model made its premiere at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show, and it is still among the most reasonably priced cars in Europe and one of Fiat's best-selling models.

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