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TMR Team | Apr, 10 2013 | 15 Comments

Fiat's Freemont SUV, the Italian carmaker's version of Dodge's Journey wagon, is now on sale in Australia.

Priced from $27,000 drive-away, the Freemont arrives with automatic petrol and manual diesel options.

Offered in three trim grades - Base, Urban and Lounge - all Freemont models are available with a front-wheel-drive configuration only.

A five-seat cabin layout is standard, although a seven-seat option is available, adding $1500 to the Freemont's list price.

 

Mechanical Package

Depending on trim grade, the Freemont is available with either a 2.4 litre petrol engine or a 2.0 litre diesel. Both engines are compliant with Euro 5 emissions requirements.

The familiar 2.4 litre engine, available in Base, Urban and Lounge trim, produces 125kW at 6000rpm and 220Nm of torque at 4500rpm. It is available with the six-speed automatic only.

Fuel consumption for the 2.4 engine is listed at 9.8 l/100km.

Available exclusively with the mid-level Urban trim and six-speed manual transmission, the 2.0 litre diesel offers 125kW at 4000rpm and 350Nm between 1750 and 2500rpm.

Fuel consumption for the 2.0 litre diesel is listed at 6.3 l/100km.

Suspension is by MacPherson struts up front, and a multilink arrangement is fitted at the rear. Braking is managed by 302mm ventilated discs at the front and 305mm solid discs at the rear.

 

Features & Dimensions

Across the range, standard features include Chrysler's UConnect phone and Bluetooth connectivity system, USB and aux audio inputs, keyless entry and start, auto healights, auto-tint rear view mirror, active front headrests, tyre pressure monitoring system and an anti-intrusion alarm system. Cruise control and child boosters are also standard.

In Base form, the Freemont gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone air-con, rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels and a 4.3-inch centre display. Bluetooth audio streaming is also standard.

The mid-rnge Urban upgrades to an 8.4-inch display, along with a DVD player, dual-zone automatic climate control, six-way power adjustment for the driver's seat, leather-wrapped gear knob and sun-screening glass.

Moving up to the $30,000 Lounge model adds satellite navigation, accent-stitched leather trim to seats and doors, chrome roof rails, Alpine audio system, heated front seats and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Options include the $1500 seven-seat layout, a powered sunroof and a Rear Seat Video Group pack with overhead screen and wireless headphones.

Standard safety across the range includes six airbags, anti-lock braking with brake assist, electronic stability control, Hill-Holder and electronic rollover mitigation.

Rear storage is listed at 1461 litres with the rear seats folded flat, while the five-seat configuration offers 784 litres with the rear seats up, and the seven-seat offers 167 litres with both rear rows upright.

The Freemont offers a three-stage hinge for the rear doors to improve access, and the second row can slide forward by 10cm to allow easier access to the third row when installed.

All seats, including the front passenger seat, can be folded down to create a flat and even load area.

Built-in booster seats for children are standard, and 20 storage compartments are available in the cabin.

NOTE: Overseas photos shown. Australian photos coming.

 

Pricing (excludes on-road costs except where noted)

  • Fiat Freemont Base (2.4 Petrol 6-speed auto) - $25,990 ($27,000 Drive-away)
  • Fiat Freemont Urban (2.4 Petrol 6-speed auto) - $28,300
  • Fiat Freemont Lounge (2.4 Petrol 6-speed auto) - $30,300
  • Fiat Freemont Urban (2.0 Diesel 6-speed man) - $32,600

 
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