The Crossroad joins the existing Urban, Base and Lounge Freemont models as the new range-topper, priced from $36,500 plus on-roads.
Buyers opting for the V6 will get a 3.6 litre Pentastar unit producing 206kW and 342Nm, with drive going to the front wheels only through a six-speed automatic and fuel consumption listed at 10.4 l/100km.
Fiat has added a “tough, powerful new look” to distinguish its V6 Freemont, with new front and rear bumpers, chrome detailing, black frames surrounding the head- and tail-lights and 19-inch alloy wheels.
The Crossroad also features seven seats as standard, with additional features joining the healthy list of standard mod-cons fitted to other Freemont models.
Inside, the Crossroad gets an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen with satellite navigation, black leather seats with ‘sports mesh’ inserts and 25 storage compartments along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter.
The interior also features 32 seating configurations, with a front passenger seat that can be folded flat and which contains a storage compartment under the cushion, and up to 1500 litres of luggage space with the second and third rows folded.
The Crossroad can tow up to 1100kg with trailer brakes and is covered by a three-year, 150,000km warranty.
Fiat says the Freemont has been Italy’s best-selling seven-seater for 35 consecutive months.
Fiat will be looking for a sales boost in the coming months, however, with the addition of a V6 engine and seven seats putting the new Crossroad variant on a more level playing field.
The 2014 Fiat Freemont range is still headed by the entry-level Base model with a 2.4 litre four-cylinder petrol engine, priced from $27,000 plus on-roads.
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Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- Base 2.4 petrol - $27,000
- Urban 2.4 petrol - $29,000
- Urban 2.0 diesel - $33,000
- Lounge 2.4 petrol - $32,000
- Crossroad 3.6 V6 petrol - $36,500
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