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Fiat has launched the Panda Cross – a faux off-road version of its supermini.

Available to order now with a starting price of £12,995, the new model is similar in nature to the recently facelifted 500L Cross, and sits between the standard Panda and the full four-wheel drive version.

It has the appearance of an off-roader but is, in fact, front-wheel drive, and costs less than the existing, full 4×4 versions. The manufacturer claims it’s aimed at buyers who want an SUV style car at a very low entry price but don’t necessarily need the extra weight and cost of a four-wheel drive system.

Along the same lines as other models bearing the Cross name, the Fiat Panda has body-coloured front and rear bumper inserts and side mouldings and contrasting black door mirror caps, roof bars and door handles and 15-inch alloy wheels (the same style as those fitted to 4×4 versions).

Inside, it features a grey dashboard fascia with matt black instrument panel inserts and new seats, “characterised by black and grey fabric with black eco-leather side inserts,” according to Fiat.

It’s available with Fiat’s 69hp 1.2-litre petrol engine, which emits 129g/km of CO2 and returns an official 51.4mpg. That leaves it in the 24% benefit-in-kind band in the current tax year.

Also available is a City Cross Style pack which, for a £500 premium (a total price of £13,495), adds ultrashine roof bars, side mouldings and skid plate as well as body coloured door mirrors and front red hooks.

Inside, the City Cross style pack includes an upgraded copper dashboard and panels and seat upholstery to match the four-wheel drive variant.

Two new colours are available, too: Minimal Grey and Electronica Blue, and the latter is exclusive to this model.

You can read our recent first drive of the Fiat 500L, including the Cross version, here.