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Fiat Announces Significant Changes for 2017 Panda

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The 2017 Fiat Panda has underwent several revisions for its new model year

Drivers will be able to enjoy a new Uconnect infotainment system in the 2017 Fiat Panda Cross

Not to be confused with Designer’s hit rap song that goes by the same name, the Panda is actually a small car from Fiat that’s quite popular in Europe and now comes with a number of updates for the 2017 model year.

The biggest and most significant update to the 2017 Fiat Panda comes in the form of a new Uconnect infotainment system, which features smartphone integration, as well as the “Panda Uconnect” app for Android and iOS mobile phones. By plugging in their smartphones to this system, users can stream audio, use voice recognition technology, play MP3 music files, manage calls, and access maps. That’s just naming a few of its available features.

Designers left the exterior of the car mostly unchanged for 2017, with the exception of 14-inch steel rims with new cap designs. Fiat is also offering stylish 15-inch alloy wheels with a silver finish for an additional charge. The only other noteworthy updates made to the outside of the Panda are two new exterior color options, which are metallic Colosseo Grey and pastel Amore Red.

All of the engines offered with the ‘17 Fiat Panda meet Euro 6 emissions regulations. The base engine is a 1.2-liter gasoline-powered motor rated at 69 horsepower. That engine is also offered with a dual-fuel LPG system. Other engines offered with the new Fiat Panda include a 0.9-liter TwinAir motor and MutliJet II diesel engine good for 95 horsepower.

The 2017 Panda will go on sale in Fiat’s homeland of Italy later this month. The automaker previously made it known the 2017 Panda will be at least €1,000 cheaper than last year’s model.

Video: Wacth this New Commercial for the 2017 Fiat Panda