Fiat’s cutesy city car is being given a mild update for the 2017 model year to keep up with the times.

The third-generation Panda has been around since 2011, but rather than coming out with an all-new model, Fiat has decided to apply a nip and tuck to keep it fresh and competitive. The model year change brings pastel Amore Red and metallic Colosseo Grey body paints across the lineup of the regular model, the 4x4 version, and the more rugged-looking Cross edition. There’s also a new hub cap design for the 14-inch steel wheels of the Easy trim, while the 15-inch set optional on the Easy and Lounge (standard on the 4x4) can be had with a silver finish.

Stepping inside the cabin, Fiat has made some changes to the steering wheel that now comes with a double central spoke design and can be had in either silver or titanium. The fresh appearance of the steering wheel is matched by the new look of the seat upholstery and the accents of the dashboard. Some subtle tweaks to the instrument panel’s graphics have also been implemented for the 2017MY, along with an updated fabric if you go for the Panda 4x4 model.

2017 Fiat Panda
2017 Fiat Panda
2017 Fiat Panda

The engine lineup has been carried over, so buyers get to pick from an entry-level, 65-hp 1.2-liter gasoline engine or the familiar 0.9-liter TwinAir available with 65, 85, and 90 horsepower. Fiat will also sell you the 2017 Panda with a 95-hp Multijet turbodiesel engine and also with the methane-compatible TwinAir Turbo delivering 80 hp.

In terms of equipment, the base Easy trim has manual climate controls and a standard radio system. Upgrade to the Lounge, 4x4, or the Cross version and Fiat will reward you with its latest Uconnect infotainment system with USB, AUX, and Bluetooth connectivity. A neat feature available is the possibility of using your favorite smartphone sat-nav app via the on-board Panda Uconnect interface.

Fiat is already taking orders for the lightly refreshed 2017 Panda across Europe.

Source: Fiat

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