Based on spyshots and patent drawings obtained from Al Volante, Auto Motor und Sport was able to commission what is probably an accurate depiction of the next-gen Fiat Panda from Schulte Design, giving us an early look at a small car that will provide the basis for Chrysler’s long-awaited foray into subcompact cars. Chrysler’s product plan [PDF] calls for 2013 model year subcompact (B-Segment) vehicles for the Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler brands, based on Fiat platforms. The Chrysler-branded model was supposed to be a rebadge of the Lancia Ypsilon (itself very similar to the Fiat 500), but that model is reportedly on hold. The Dodge and Jeep B-Segment offerings are still on though, and the Jeep has long been thought to be a lightly-facelifted version of the Panda 4X4, meaning this model could be an early look at the smallest-ever Jeep.
Since the plan seems to be to keep Fiat’s 500 alone in the A-Segment, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see this model go to Jeep with AWD, body cladding and a seven-slot grille, and to Dodge in standard front-drive form. In any case, given the plaudits that the previous Fiat Panda received in Europe and the gaping hole on the small, efficient end of Chrysler’s product portfolio, expect this Panda to come to the US in some form or another. So do the strong reputation, cheerful looks and funky interior leave you anticipating this baby Panda, or does it leave you cold?