New Fiat Grande Panda Debuts With Electric And Hybrid Options


The new model looks like a modern reinterpretation of the original Panda, adopting crossover styling cues

 New Fiat Grande Panda Debuts With Electric And Hybrid Options

  • Fiat unveils a new, larger, electric-optional Grande Panda city car.
  • The new model retains the classic Panda boxy design with a retro-futuristic twist.
  • Fiat plans to expand the Panda family with a new vehicle every year until 2027.

In a surprising move, the new generation of the Fiat Panda has been unveiled in production form as a retro-inspired, tall-riding hatch with crossover styling cues and an optional electric powertrain. Named the Grande Panda to emphasize its larger footprint compared to the current model, it will be positioned closer to the subcompact (supermini) segment.

The new model will be available with fully electric and hybrid powertrains, sharing the Stellantis Smart Car Platform underpinnings with the Citroen C3/e-C3. The rollout will begin in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, followed by other markets. Fiat described the Grande Panda as the “the first of a new global lineup”, confirming the launch of a new vehicle every year until 2027.

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The Fiat Grande Panda adopts a retro-futuristic design, heavily inspired by the Fiat Concept City Car that debuted earlier this year. The pixelated X pattern on the LED headlights and taillights, is mirrored by the four-spoke 17-inch wheels. The boxy fenders, plastic cladding, roof rails, and generous ground clearance contribute to a rugged stance, reminiscent of the original Panda 4×4.

Another nod to the past is the Panda lettering stamped on the bodywork, and the Fiat lettering on the tailgate. Measuring 3.99 m (157.1 inches) long, the Fiat Grande Panda is 337 mm (13.3 inches) longer compared to its predecessor, but 25 mm (0.98 inches) shorter than the Citroen C3.

Fiat didn’t show us the interior, but said that the cabin can accommodate five passengers, adding that the car is “perfectly suited for families and urban mobility in every country”. Judging from earlier concepts and teasers, the cabin will likely feature oval shapes, as a reference to the track on the roof of the Lingotto factory in Turin. We also expect the Grande Panda to be highly focused on practicality, with a “less is more” approach in-line with the spirit of the previous generations.

EV And Hybrid Flavors

The automaker didn’t detail the technical specifications of the new model, but confirmed it will be offered in fully electric and hybrid forms, backing up from the initial announcement for an EV-only model.

We expect the powertrain lineup to mirror the mechanically-related Citroen C3/e-C3. The French model is available with a mild-hybrid 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine producing 100 hp (75 kW / 102 PS), joined by a 28 hp (21 kW / 28 PS) electric motor, a six-speed dual-clutch automatic, and a small 48V battery pack.

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As for the EV, the Citroen e-C3 comes fitted with a front-mounted electric motor producing 111 hp (83 kW / 113 PS), and a 44 kWh lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) battery pack, offering up to 320 km (199 miles) of WLTP range. Citroen has also announced a more affordable electric version with a 200 km (124 miles) range, which could also find its way into the Fiat.

The company didn’t mention the possibility of an AWD version that could continue the Fiat Panda 4×4 bloodline.

The all-new Fiat Grande Panda will be offered alongside the old generation, which was recently renamed Pandina, receiving a life extension until 2030. Unlike the latter, which is being produced at the Pomigliano plant in Italy, the Grande Panda is rumored to be manufactured in Serbia.

Pricing will be announced at a later date, but expect it to be among the most affordable offerings in the Fiat lineup. Rivals of the Fiat Grande Panda will include the Citroen C3, Dacia Sandero, and the army of budget-friendly EVs coming from China.



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