2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show
The 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show is set to kick off on September 10, and whilst most of the world will be most likely welcoming a new iPhone into the world, Fiat will be unveiling some ‘new models’.
Panda 4×4 Antarctica Special Edition
Fiat’s first model to make its debut at Frankfurt will be the Panda 4×4 Antarctica. Feeling cold yet? No? Well, just so you know. The Panda 4×4 Antarctica is a special edition to celebrate 30 years of the Panda 4×4 model.
Based on the 4×4 Rock trim level, you’ll also get some cool (get it?), two-tone bodywork, grey diamond finish 15-inch alloys with orange centre caps, orange mirror fairings, fog lights, privacy windows and a special badge on the B-Pillar. That’s just on the outside!
On the inside of the Panda 4×4 Antarctica, you’ll discover grey and orange upholstery, and a height adjustable driver’s seat as standard. Now whilst we doubt that this model will make its way down under, it’s cool to see the car actually looking like a youthful city car.
Fiat 500 105 HP 0.9 TwinAir
Now this is a tiny engine, but don’t forget the Fiat 500 isn’t that heavy on the scales. The 105HP or approx. 79kW engine produces 145Nm of torque at just 2000rpm. It also boasts a mildly impressive 188km/h top speed.
The benefit of the tiny engine is its CO2 emissions and its fuel economy of 4.2litres per 100km. How it achieves this figure is through some tricky engineering by supercharging through a high efficiency turbocharger, plus some other bits.
Fiat 500C GQ
Have you ever wanted a cabriolet special edition Fiat 500? Well don’t worry, you can now rest easy. The Fiat 500C GQ is a new special edition model that was a collaboration with the magazine, Gentleman’s Quarterly. Now we know that most of you, like us, don’t follow style and cultural trends closely, but this collaboration appears to have made it accessible to us. Time to rejoice?
Whilst not a performance powerhouse, the Fiat 500C QG can be optioned with their 69 HP 1.2, 85 HP 0.9 TwinAir or 95 HP 1.3 MultiJet turbodiesel. All with a manual transmission.
On the outside you’ll enjoy two-tone metallic paint, satin mirror fairings, special diamond design 16-inch alloy wheels, plus the ‘GQ’ logo on the B-Pillar. This is to prove to everyone that you are the king of style. Well, that’s why we think it’s there.
This isn’t the first time the Fiat 500e has been out and about, however it will be appearing again at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Its tiny body, has only been available for sale in California and has apparently generated half a million online enquires. That’s a lot of form submissions!
Fiat has followed in the trend of a higher-end finish on the interior to help justify its unavoidable higher price tag. Keep in mind though, you’re saving heaps of money on not having to fill up at the petrol station. There’s heaps of tech on the inside to keep that side of the family happy and can be fully charged in less than 4 hours.
Now we talked about not having to fill up. The estimated cost of recharging this car over a year is around $500 US. Pretty cheap stuff, and there’s plenty of range at 140km’s to get you to where you need to, on a single charge. Plus, how COOL is this orange?
So there we go, that’s what we deem, the most important things Fiat will be bringing to he 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show. Whilst not groundbreaking, we have to give credit for their Fiat 500e. It looks sick on the outside, and gives you some real driving range.