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Fiat Freemont starts its Journey

by David Zatz on

2011 Fiat Freemont

The Fiat Freemont, a clone of the Dodge Journey, was reported on earlier at Allpar. We noted it would have different suspension tuning and cosmetic changes to make it more consistent with other Fiats. This turned out to be the case; the suspension has been stiffened and the appearance changed somewhat inside and out. The first versions will come with Fiat 2-liter diesels, with 140 and 170 horsepower (the latter with 266 lb-ft/360 Nm of torque), and manual transmissions, according to Automotive News. By the end of the year, the AWD version will debut with the more powerful diesel and a 276 horsepower (205 kW) 3.6 liter Pentastar gasser; AWD models will be sold with automatics only.

There are two trim levels, and both include three-zone climate control, keyless entry, tire pressure monitor, seven airbags, ABS, stability control, and touch screen. The luxury model goes to 17 inch aluminum wheels, UConnect phone connection, rear parking assist, automatic headlights, and upgraded stereo with SD card.

The Fiat Freemont will be built by Chrysler at the Toluca plant. The Dodge Journey will be withdrawn from Europe as the Fiat version launches; under 6,000 Journeys were sold in the first ten months of 2010.

2011 Fiat Freemont

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