adopted on the front-wheel-drive Panda versions,
the 4x4 Panda
suspension has an independent MacPherson
configuration... but with certain changes.
suspension to deal with rough
dimensions of the shock absorbers are increased
(bush rod 22mm instead of 20mm) to enhance
off-road efficiency and reliability. Compared to
the Panda 2WD, the four wheel drive version offers
special springs that add to the greater ground
clearance so that the vehicle can ride easily over
rough routes and ground surfaces.
system therefore offers a torsion bar connected to
the shock absorber by means of bars to improve
filtering out vibrations on rough ground.
the rear, the suspension selected for the Panda
4x4 differs significantly from that used on the
of an interconnected wheel (semi-independent)
suspension with a torsion beam, the four wheel
drive vehicle adopts a longitudinal tie rods
configuration with independent wheels. This layout
ensures the support of the rear differential
(secured to the chassis with the interposition of
flexible elements), accepts rear transmission
components (drive shafts) and ensures the rear
wheels the independence necessary to travel over
any routes or roughness.
rear frame fastened rigidly to the body at four
points acts as a load sparing element for the rear
mechanical components (transmission and
suspension). The tie rods are also fastened to the
frame with the interposition of flexible elements
(2 rubber/metal bushes per arm).
axis of rotation of the arm (a virtual line that
joins the centre of both bushes) is inclined in
space in order to stabilise the wheel for safe
roadholding under critical stability conditions.
torsion bar is fitted and connected to the tie
rods by means of ball joints that give the
suspension extra rigidity and stabilise it during
rolling for safer performance on bends.
to the Panda 2WD, the size of the springs on the
four wheel drive version has been selected to give
the vehicle a raised ride (ground clearance). The
position of the shock absorbers, angled under the
floorpan as on the two wheel drive version, has
been optimised to increase the system filtering
capacity over ground roughness.