2011 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The seven-seat Freemont — which competes with the Ford S-Max and Ford Galaxy — is Fiat's version of the Dodge Journey.
- European sales are set to begin in June.
- The Freemont initially will come with front-wheel drive and with two Fiat 2.0-liter turbodiesel engines coupled with a manual transmission. Later, the Freemont will be available in a four-wheel-drive version.
TURIN, Italy — The Fiat Freemont crossover — a rebadged Dodge Journey and a prime example of cross-selling Fiat and Chrysler Group models — was unveiled ahead of its debut at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show.
The seven-seat Freemont was described by Fiat as a "factotum vehicle designed to meet the diverse needs of families and those seeking a spacious, comfortable and versatile vehicle." A "factotum" is "an employee who does all kinds of work," according to the Oxford Encyclopedic English dictionary.
The Freemont is set to compete with the Ford S-Max and Ford Galaxy when it goes on sale in June in European markets.
The Freemont will come with front-wheel drive and with two Fiat 2.0-liter turbodiesel engines, delivering 140 horsepower or 170 hp, coupled with a manual transmission. Later, the Freemont lineup will be expanded with a four-wheel-drive version that will be offered with the 170-hp 2.0-liter Fiat engine or a 276-hp 3.6-liter V6 Chrysler engine, coupled with automatic transmissions.
Exterior styling is virtually identical to the Journey, with the exception of a different badge on the nose.
A "metropolitan" version of the Freemont gets 17-inch alloy wheels, a touchscreen radio with an 8.4-inch screen, Bluetooth, rear parking sensors, fold-down side mirrors, automatic headlights, darkened rear windows and roof bars.
Edmunds.com says: We get the Fiat 500 in the U.S., while Europe gets its version of the Dodge Journey as cross-selling between Fiat and Chrysler revs up. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent