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 4x4 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 4x4 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.