Fiat Freemont Cross & Fiat Panda Cross - Geneva - Press Release

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Fiat Freemont Cross & Fiat Panda Cross - Geneva - Press Release

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  • 1. 2014 Geneva Motor Show: dbut of the Fiat Panda Cross and Fiat Freemont Cross World premire of the new top-of-the-range versions of the Panda and Freemont models With differing forms and characters, both ensure ultimate freedom of use, even in the most demanding conditions thanks to the all-wheel drive, without giving up on a distinctive style with great personality Panda Cross: it provides all the exclusivity offered by the SUVs of higher segments in less than 370 cm Torque on demand' all-wheel drive and Electronic Locking Differential function as standard with Terrain Control, the selector for lovers of off-road driving Available with the boosted versions of the 80 HP 1.3 MultiJet II and 90 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo, the latter with specific 6-speed transmission with shortened first gear Compared to the Panda 4x4, the Panda Cross offers oversized tyres ('All Seasons' 185/65R15) and improved off-road performance owing to the 24 approach and 33 exit angles and increased ground clearance City Brake Control on request, the active safety system that brakes automatically to avoid collision which won Euro NCAP Advanced 2013 Freemont Cross: a tough off-road look to satisfy your urge for exclusivity and distinction New front and rear bumpers, 'platinum chrome' details, black frames for the front and rear light clusters, dedicated five-spoke 19" Hyper Black alloy wheels 8.4" Uconnect touchscreen navigator, new black leather seats with sports mesh fabric inserts and light ardesian grey top stitching, and Liquid Graphite interior finishes as standard 2 engine versions (140 HP 2.0 MultiJet II and 170 HP 2.0 MultiJet II), 2 gearboxes (manual or automatic 6-speed transmission) and 2 drive options (front-wheel or AWD) Fiat Panda Cross and Fiat Freemont Cross will be on sale starting from autumn 2014Fiat has picked the Geneva stage to present the world dbut of the Panda Cross and Freemont Cross, both at the top of their respective ranges. The two new cars offer exclusive, comprehensive equipment for the safety of occupants and maximum well-being on board combined with a unique and unmistakable style.

2. New Panda Cross The new Panda Cross is the agile SUV thats easy to handle in city traffic but has the spirit and equipment typical of a 44 SUV of a higher category, as demonstrated by the adoption as standard of both the Torque on demand transmission system - it activates automatically as required, so you can tackle any situation with complete cool - and the ESC (Electronic Stability Control) system complete with ELD (Electronic Locking Differential) function. This provides additional assistance while driving and setting off on slippery terrain.The Panda Cross also offers a selector for lovers of off-road driving so they can have the choice to best use several AWD features based on the driving conditions. In detail, 'Terrain Control' lets the driver select three different modes: AUTO Automatic distribution of drive between the two axles in accordance with the grip of the road surfaceLOCK The four-wheel drive is always active for optimal off-road use, with distribution of torque among the four wheels, braking the wheels that are losing grip (or slip more than the others), and thus transferring the drive to those with the most grip.HILL DESCENT - For optimum handling of particularly steep hill descents or when going down extremely bumpy routes.Every detail of the Panda Cross has been designed to make it immediately recognisable and distinctive, with a stylistic language typical of an SUV. It all starts with the front end featuring a brand-new look thanks to the new bumper, which boasts a generous skid plate in a satin titanium colour with a design of holes which reinterprets the Pandas characteristic squircle motif. Tow hooks with an immediately recognisable new design in a brilliant red place emphasis on its off-road character. The light clusters too are brand new, thanks to the headlights and new fog lights integrated with the logo holder bonnet trim, and to the new DRLs with LED technology, built into the skid plate. From the side, certain specific elements, such as the pronounced wheel arches, mouldings with Cross badge and the new roof bars which both take up the finish of the skid plate, stand out. The 15" alloy wheels sport a 5-spoke V design and a burnished metal finish. The rear end too is characterised by a new bumper with under-body protection which takes up the design and finish of the front skid plate, a new burnished light cluster and the chrome tail pipe. Taken as a whole, these details lend it an extremely sophisticated appearance and immediately communicate dynamism and agility. 3. The new Panda Cross guarantees extensive passenger room, the convenience of five doors and a large modular space, all contained in just 370 centimetres. Additionally, the passenger compartment offers specific fabric trim, leather-lined steering wheel and gear knob and distinctive trim for the dashboard. Of particular interest among the standard equipment are the automatic climate control, radio CD/MP3 with Blue&Me system with steering wheel controls, special 15" alloy wheels, electric door mirrors, heightadjustable driver's seat and All Seasons 185/65R15 tyres.And standing out among the wealth of equipment available on request, theres the innovative City Brake Control, the system that received the 'Euro NCAP Advanced 2013 award and which recognises the presence of other vehicles or obstacles in front of the car, braking automatically if the driver fails to intervene directly to avoid collision or mitigate its consequences, active for speeds up to 30 km/h.Two engine versions are available, both with Start&Stop standard and boasting higher performance than the versions on the Panda 4x4: the 80 HP 1.3 MultiJet II turbodiesel and 90 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo petrol, the latter with specific 6-speed transmission with shortened first gear. Whats more, compared to the Panda 44 from which it is derived, the new car offers enhanced performance. With its 24 approach angle and 33 exit angle plus its larger special 'All Seasons' 185/65R15 tyres, the Panda Cross ensures ever surprising performance off the road and exceptional comfort on the road.The distinctive personality, compact size and agility of the Panda Cross will attract attention when travelling down city streets, and will capture the hearts of those who love adventure and life in the open air owing to its outstanding off-road performance. Thats without mentioning its possession of all the dynamic and comfort characteristics that allow it to complete long and challenging routes with ease, in part thanks to the tried-and-tested suspension layout: an independent MacPherson system at the front, while a system with wheels interconnected via torsion beam specially developed for the all-wheel-drive version was considered more suitable for the rear.The new Panda Cross will be marketed starting from the autumn in the major European markets, and a three-layer orange livery of enormous impact will be offered for the occasion. 4. New Freemont Cross The Swiss show will also be graced by the new Freemont Cross, the top-of-the-range crossover targeted at a diverse, wide-ranging public with an eye on new developments and looking for the best balance between functionality and design. Devoted to all those who love to be able to choose their own road, whatever the distance or weather to be tackled, the Cross version depicts the outdoor spirit of the Fiat crossover. The Freemont Cross is characterised by a tough, distinctive appearance thanks to the brand-new front and rear bumpers with Platinum Chrome details, the front glossy black grille, five-spoke 19" Hyper Black wheels and Platinum Chrome-coloured side skirts. The black frames of the front and rear light clusters give the Freemont Cross an even more audacious personality, stating a readiness to tackle any road.Fiat Freemont Cross also offers an exclusive interior with new leather seats complete with sports mesh inserts and light ardesian grey top stitching, interior finishes in the shade of Liquid Graphite, plus standard features like the 8.4" Uconnect touchscreen satellite navigator, rear parking camera and Premium Alpine audio system with six speakers, 368 W amplifier and subwoofer. And theres more: electric heated and folding door mirrors, six airbags, illuminated cup holders, Keyless Entry and Keyless Go with starting button and audio and driving speed regulation controls on the steering wheel.Fiat Freemont customers can also configure the interior as they see fit, thanks to the 32 seat configurations and more than 20 storage compartments spread throughout the entire passenger compartment, reaching a total capacity of 140 litres, practically the same boot space of a city car. A load volume of roughly 1.5 cubic metres can be created by folding down the second and third rows of seats.The new top-of-the-range version is available with the 140 HP 2.0 MultiJet II engine, with 6-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive, and the 170 HP 2.0 MultiJet II, both in a 42 version with manual gearbox and an active AWD version teamed exclusively with a 6-speed automatic transmission.In detail, the active AWD (All-Wheel Drive) is on demand type, with an electronic control unit that uses sensors to measure the grip of the four wheels and decides when to transfer drive to the rear.The electronic system modulates torque transfer through the use of the ECC (Electronically Controlled Coupling) and, operating only when necessary, contributes to limiting fuel consumption. 5. The new Freemont Cross will be available in European showrooms starting from Autumn 2014.Cross: the superior choice for two winning models These two important developments extend the Panda and Freemont ranges so that new commercial opportunities in segments experiencing growth can be seized, as well as building on the highly positive response of the E

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