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.
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.
Gallery: 2017 Fiat Panda
Orders Open for the 2017 Panda: Personality and Connectivity
- The Panda is being refreshed while retaining the characteristics underpinning its success: personality, functionality and simplicity.
- One of the major innovations is the UconnectTM infotainment system.
- The dedicated Panda Uconnect app provides a simple, user-friendly interface with Android and iOS smartphones.
- Also brand-new are two body colours and two rim designs.
- The new steering wheel and the updated seat fabrics make a bold statement.
- Comprehensive line-up of engines to satisfy all needs, with powers ranging from 65 to 95 HP and petrol, diesel, petrol and LPG, petrol and methane fuel options.
- For specific details and prices, visit the local press sites.
Orders for the refreshed 2017 Panda are kicking off, with an updated offer as always in tune with the characteristics that have made it successful and that are the cornerstones of the Fiat functional family: personality, practicality and simplicity. Ever since it was first introduced, Panda has stood out for its unmistakable personality and characteristic agreeability developed to emphasise three different expressions of the model: city car, 4x4 and Cross. These temperaments are united by functionality and simplicity: very compact exterior dimensions, interior space exploited to the max and configurable to all transport needs, a wide choice of engines and interior and exterior colour combinations able to meet every requirement. Finally, the simple offer is complemented by the new UconnectTMinfotainment system, the specific Panda Uconnect app and the active safety contents. For specific details and prices, visit the local press sites.
The design of Panda is as fashionable and versatile as ever.
It is still the same size: 365 centimetres long, 164 centimetres wide and 155 centimetres high. New features are the two fresh body colours and the two novel rim patterns. The two contemporary liveries perfectly reassert the different expressions of Panda. The pastel Amore Red emphasises the dynamic nature of the city car, and the metallic Colosseo Grey, with its modern technical undertones, highlights the all-rounder mood of the city-SUV range.
The hub cap design on the 14" steel rims, which are standard on the Easy trim level, confers dynamism and robustness, while the one-of-a-kind 15" alloy rims combine elegance and character. They are available with silver finish, optional on Easy and Lounge, and burnished finish, which is standard on the 4x4 trim level.
New Panda interiors. The steering wheel is pleasant to the touch and enhances ergonomics by adopting a modern double central spoke available in two finishes, silver or titanium, matched with the dashboard and seat upholstery. Making their début on the Pop and Easy trim levels are silver details on the central spoke. The Easy version offers, on request, radio controls and leather upholstery, which are instead standard on the Lounge version. The 4x4 comes with leather upholstery steering wheel, radio controls and titanium finish, which becomes silver on the Cross.
The graphics of the instrument panel have also been renovated to improve the overall readability thanks to a more modern design.
The seat fabrics are entirely refreshed with new graphics and colours for all trim levels. The new colour combinations and the fabric weave are embellished with contrasting stitching. The Easy and Lounge versions have geometric elements which confer a style which is current and elegant at the same time. The interiors of the Panda 4x4 are enriched with shot fabric in the middle part to convey an idea of sophistication and robustness at the same time.
Finally, Panda is confirmed as one of the most welcoming and functional cars in its category. With its five doors and large opening angles, it can comfortably accommodate up to five people and has the roomiest boot in its segment: 225 litres that turn into 870 litres when the rear seat backrest is folded down.
Fiat Panda then offers maximum freedom of use with its space modularity, several storage compartments and different front and rear seat configurations.
The engine line-up, all Euro 6, meets every conceivable need. Available: 69 HP 1.2-litre petrol engines, also in the dual petrol and LPG fuel option; the twin-cylinder 0.9-litre TwinAir petrol engine in three different power levels - 65, 85 and 90 HP; the 80 HP petrol and methane version; and the 95 HP Multijet turbo diesel engine.
The 2017 Panda has complete equipment. The Easy trim level comes with radio and manual climate control system as standard equipment. Standard equipment on the Lounge, 4x4 and Cross versions includes the new UconnectTM infotainment system with smartphone support and the dedicated "Panda Uconnect" app for Android and iOS. The Uconnect radio includes Bluetooth 2.1, audio streaming, USB data located in the glove compartment, voice recognition system, recharging port with USB port (located on the dashboard), AUX port (located in the glove compartment), MP3, "Panda Uconnect" interface via Bluetooth.
With this innovative application, your telephone can be used as an extension of the car, interacting directly with the device display to access all infotainment functions: switching radio stations, selecting playlists, adjusting the volume, managing calls and texts, checking your diary or the weather in real time. The app can also be used to access external web streaming services, such as Deezer or TuneIn. In addition, there are services like Find myCar, which helps to remember where the car is parked, eco:Drive, which supports drivers with advice for a more environmentally friendly driving style, Find Workshop to find the closest Fiat workshop, and my:Car to keep all main car parameters in check, such as scheduled servicing and the main items in the Owner Handbook, as well as direct calls to the Roadside Assistance services or Fiat customer care.
Finally, there is one-touch access via dedicated shortcut to the preferred smartphone sat nav application, such as Google Maps or Waze. The Panda Uconnect interface is designed to be able to use the smartphone in the car so as to limit distractions and allow the driver to focus on the road while using its many functions. Most functions can only be used only when the smartphone is paired to the car via Bluetooth.