The funky little Fiat Panda 4×4 has been transformed into a terrain-crushing monster truck for a European advertising campaign to demonstrate the baby SUV’s off-road performance.
Built by Fiat in just over two weeks, the fully operational Fiat Panda 4×4 monster truck combines a standard Panda 4×4 with a Jeep CJ7 4200 floor panel and road tractor wheels with ‘High Speed’ tyres that are 150cm in diameter and 50cm wide, for a final result of a ‘bigfoot’ Panda that stands 3.9m tall, 3.8m long and 2.5m wide.
The ad tells the story of four friends who set off for a weekend in the mountains with the Panda 4×4, when it transforms into its monster truck form and climbs nimbly up to their mountain hostel, stunning everyone with its performance. Thinking he is behind the wheel of a normal Panda 4×4, the driver falls two metres when attempting to get out of the car, to the laughter of his friends.
The standard third-generation six-speed manual five-door Fiat Panda 4×4 that debuted at this year’s 2012 Paris motor show is available with two engines – a 63kW 0.9-litre TwinAir Turbo and a 56kW 1.3-litre MultiJet II diesel – and measures in at 3680mm long, 1670mm wide and 1600mm high, making it 55mm longer, 70mm wider and 70mm lower than a Suzuki Jimny.
Back in August, Fiat Chrysler Australia’s Lenore Fletcher told CarAdvice the company would be keen to see the rugged little car reach our shores, saying, “if it is available in RHD we’ll see if we can make a business case.”