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“Cool, popular, affordable” B-segment model tipped to be available with ICE and electric powertrains

The much-anticipated revived Fiat Panda will arrive next year as a “less is more” crossover to take on the Dacia Sandero, boss Olivier Francois has all but confirmed to Autocar.

Hinting that a date for the “very special” reveal that “will surprise you” will be 11 July 2024 – Fiat’s 125th anniversary – the Frenchman said the car will take inspiration from 2019's Centoventi concept, which previewed a futuristic Panda lookalike.

“We have room to make another B-segment [car - alongside the electric Fiat 600] more in the ‘essential’ [category]. Clearly our offering could accommodate another product,” he said, smiling.

It will sit at around four metres in length and have a “simple clever” approach “a little bit like the Panda used to be”.

“The car that you are going to see next year will be cool, popular, affordable,” added Francois, making it a perfect rival to the £13,000 Sandero – if a combustion version makes it to the UK, something the brand is still mulling.

Fiat Centoventi front quarter tracking

Any electrically powered Panda is not expected to arrive with a price less than the 500 EV’s £31,000 entry point.

Francois noted that the car would need to cater to “global markets”, such as Latin America – where the majority of its 1.2million cars were sold last year – as well as the Middle East and Asia.

This nods to the car sitting on the same CMP platform as the Jeep Avenger and the 600, given it can be fitted with electric or combustion powertrains.

“We need something that is 100% following the European tastes but really can be global, said Francois. And this is why I said there may be space for something else, other than the 600 [in the B-segment], which is very, very European.”

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“So, that one is joyful, a little bit retro, but the other one would be closer to what you think,” he added when answering questions on the Centoventi production model.

Fiat centoventi 2020 interior

Some parts of the concept will not make it to production, Francois confirmed to Autocar, such as swappable batteries. “It was something that sounded reachable” when the concept was originally unveiled, said Francois.

The size and position of the car was also confirmed by Fiat parent company Stellantis’s boss Carlos Tavares in February. He told reporters: “There will be a big return in the B-segment and crossovers. We’re going back to the most relevant segments. We only have the Fiat 500X now. My objective is to have three.”

Given the 600 and 500X would make two of these, it leaves a natural place for the Panda – a nameplate that has already been confirmed to return.

Additional reporting by Nick Gibbs

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nivison 13 July 2023

I wouldn't bother Fiat, the all knowing Autocar just listicled the 48 best small cars ever made and not a Mk1 Panda (or any other) in sight. The Lancia Y10 spin off doesn't count or look nearly as cool.

Commenter 9 July 2023
Looks like anything under four metres will be catered for by quadricycles, unless they bring the price sensitive Uno name back to truly replace the old panda.
911chaser 8 July 2023

Given that this looks really stylish but says Autocar down the side, is this another of Autocar's own design studies? Whoever is responsible for these Autocar designs should be recognised and celebrated since they always look much better than the realities of what the car manufacturers come up with! If this is a new Fiat Panda, and it looks something like this, then surely it will be a hit like the Fiat 500 has been. But £30k seems steep...