The Fiat Panda Cross is Built to Traverse Treacherous Terrain

 - Jul 31, 2014
References: fiatpress & gizmag
The Fiat Panda Cross is essentially a beefed up version of Fiat's 4x4 Panda city car. The car has been redesigned to make it more versatile, rugged and capable of handling challenging terrain.

The highlight of the Panda Cross' off-road engineering is its Terrain Control all-wheel drive system. During normal driving, the vehicle is 98% front wheel drive -- but if a slip is detected, up to 100% of the torque can be sent to the rear wheels, with a reaction time of 1/10th of a second.

In 'Off-Road' mode, the Panda Cross adopts all-wheel drive at speeds up to 48 km/h. In this mode, the vehicle's traction control is switched off so it doesn't interfere with driving on slippery surfaces like mud and ice.