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Fiat Chrysler finally joins the 21st century with in-car 4G LTE

Up until now, it's been relying on 3G, which is about as speedy as plate tectonics, relatively speaking.

Dodge

The fourth generation of Uconnect is much spiffier than before. Simplifying the design tends to have that effect.

FCA

Fiat Chrysler's vehicles have soldiered on with in-car 3G internet as more and more competitors move to 4G LTE. Thankfully, FCA's finally caught up to the rest of 'em, albeit on a small number of models to start.

Despite most of us living with it only a few years ago, when you see "3G" pop up on your phone in 2016, you start frantically searching for better signal. Now you can apply those same standards to your Fiat.

Fiat Chrysler will bring 4G LTE connectivity to its models, starting with the 2017 Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger and Chrysler 300. These vehicles are all equipped with the fourth-generation Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system, and only vehicles with the full-on, 8.4-inch screen will get access to LTE.

Using 3G can cause more consternation than one might think. The internet is slow, yes, that alone is frustrating. But when it causes your car's apps to become laggy, and it slows down access to any of the myriad connected services offered in the car, buyers might start to get frustrated with the brand as a whole. That shouldn't be a problem now, and it will only get better as it expands to more vehicles under the FCA umbrella.

There's no word on how much the connection will cost, or when it will become available on additional models.