The Fiat Panda will get a facelift for 2017, with new infotainment, styling and engine upgrades
Jimi Beckwith
26 February 2016

The facelifted Fiat Panda has been spied testing on the streets of Torino, Italy. The refresh is expected to bring styling upgrades, and improvements to efficiency akin to those seen in the 500.

Despite being heavily disguised for a facelift, the test mule's styling appears similar to the current-generation Panda, with a subtle refresh around the front lights and bumper is expected.

The characteristic window line of the Panda remains, as does the car’s upright stance, split front grille and rear light clusters.

Although Fiat remains tight-lipped on how the facelifted Panda will differ from the current model, in terms of specification and powerplant options, the Panda is likely to adopt the same tweaked engine range from the 500, with emissions and performance both improved. A revised suspension set-up is also likely to be implemented on the new Panda, after being improved for the 500, with which it shares many of its mechanical components.

Improvements to the car’s infotainment system are also expected, again mirroring the tweaks of the closely related 500.

The introduction of the Tipo hatchback and estate and 124 convertible preview a new direction for Fiat’s styling, although the test mule doesn’t appear to have adopted the new Fiat family face. This may come around 2020, when the Panda’s replacement is due.

The facelifted Panda will go up against rivals such as the Kia Picanto, Hyundai i10 and Skoda Citigo when on sale, and will continue its current five-door-only setup. 

Our Verdict

Fiat Panda
Panda’s 4 star EuroNCAP crash score falls short of some rivals

A very fine multi-use little car that offers an enticing ownership proposition

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15 February 2016
What is the new Fiat family face? The 124 and Tipo don't share much at the front end, and all Fiats other models are 500 clones. I'd actually thought Fiat had forgotten all about the Panda in their 500 obsession, so its nice to see they're giving it some attention now.

15 February 2016
The current Panda's curved off body style is far less charismatic and interesting than the previous one's more blocky styling, which was quite a revelation in the small car world when it was released. Its like back in the 90s I think when Fiat replaced the great looking Cinquecento with the drab jelly mould Seicento.

Cyborg

16 February 2016
Your article says Fiat will use improvements akin to the new 500. I only hope that this will include the 1.3 diesel 95bhp. I had a Punto Eleganza with this engine and loved it. When later I changed to a BMW 320D Touring I couldn't believe how much better the little Fiat diesel was. It ran like a sewing machine, totally reliable and 70mpg regularly.

Matt Sheridan

26 February 2016
I'd like t see the addition of a 3 door version, as they have in S. America.

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