Fiat’s popular Panda city car received some mild updates for 2017 in order to remain fresh against its tough competition.
The Italian company left the design pretty much unchanged and concentrated on giving a good revamp on the interior options instead. The only new features for the exterior is the addition of two new color options -the pastel Amore Red and the metallic Colosseo Grey- and a pair of new alloy designs.
Starting from the dashboard, Fiat added new graphics on the instruments, making them more modern and easier to read. All of the seat fabrics are refreshed with new graphics and colour options for all trim levels.
Basic Panda versions get a fabric upholstery with geometric elements while the 4×4 and Cross models feature shot fabric in the middle of the seats to make them look more robust. The class-leading room inside remains unchanged, with the 2017 Fiat Panda able to accommodate up to five people while offering a 225lt boot capacity.
On the tech front, the new Panda offers a new solution for an infotainment system. Fiat calls it the Uconnect as with the rest of its models, which uses through a dedicated app the driver’s smartphone as a gateway to all the usual services, and includes Bluetooth, audio streaming, USB data located in the glove compartment, voice recognition system, recharging port with USB port on the dashboard, AUX port, MP3, and the “Panda Uconnect” interface via Bluetooth.
The engine range also remains unchanged and includes a wide range of options: a 69hp 1.2-litre offered in petrol and petrol-LPG versions, the twin-cylinder 0.9-litre Twinair available in three power levels (65hp, 85hp and 90hp, a 80hp petrol-methane version and the 95hp 1.3-litre diesel.