Earlier this month, CarScoop reader Tommaso A. shared with us a handful of pictures and a video of a monster truck version of the latest Fiat Panda 4x4 that he spotted in Italy. At the time, we had no information regarding the build, but Fiat has now shed some light to the project.
As it turns out, the monster Panda prototype was created by Fiat itself in collaboration with Mercurio Cinematografica, set designer Andrea Faini and the Fabio Gementi Workshop, for an upcoming television spot that will air in Europe in the beginning of 2013.
The Italian carmaker tells us that it took just over two weeks of work to give birth to the monster truck that combines the body of a Panda 4×4 and the floor panel of a Jeep CJ7 4200 together with colossal "High Speed" tractor tires that measure 150cm (59 inches) in diameter and 50cm (20 inches) wide.
The 'bigfoot' Panda, stands at 3,900mm (153 inches) tall, 3,800mm (149.6 inches) long and 2,500mm (98.4 inches) wide.
There's no word yet on which powerplant drives the monster Panda 4x4.
Below you will find a description of the upcoming commercial from Fiat together with photos and a video of the custom Panda 4x4 in action.
New Fiat Panda Ad
Fully operational, the Fiat Panda Monster Truck will star in the coming TV commercial at the start of 2013. Created by the Leo Burnett agency, it tells the story of four friends who set off for a weekend in the mountains. The Panda 4×4, transforming into a Monster Truck, climbs nimbly up to the hostel, stunning everyone with its performance. And when the driver, thinking he is on a normal Panda 4×4, gets down from the car, he ends up falling two metres onto a cushion of snow, to the laughter of his friends.