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Fiat’s new Dodge Journey

by David Zatz on

Fiat is now showing the Freemont Cross, an appearance-modified Dodge Journey with a choice of two diesel engines (the 140 and 170 horsepower Fiat MultiJet four-cylinders).  Both come in a front wheel drive version with a manual gearbox; the 170 horsepower diesel has optional all wheel drive with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Inside, the Cross has a new front bumper with “platinum chrome” inserts, glossy black front grille and fog light frames, chrome side skirts and lengthwise roof bars, black frames for the front and rear light clusters, and chrome under-body rear bumper insert, all with 19 black five-spoke alloy wheels.

The inside has black leather seats with sports mesh inserts and light ardesian grey top stitching, and Liquid Graphite finishes for the dashboard, instrumentation, central console, door panel and steering wheel.

Standard features include an 8.4” touch screen satellite navigation system, Bluetooth™, rear parking camera, and an Alpine Premium sound system with 6 speakers, 368 W amplifier and subwoofer.  The driver’s seat has 10-way electric adjustment, the front passenger seat can be completely folded down, with a storage compartment hidden under the cushion, and the second and third rows of seats can be folded down, permitting the creation of a nearly 1.5 m³ load volume.

The second row of seats reclines and features exclusive integrated child boosters, permitting the transport of children weighing 15 to 36 kg without using a child seat. There are a total of 32 seat configurations and more than 20 storage compartments, with a total capacity of 140 litres – the equivalent of a city car’s luggage compartment.

Standard features also include electric heated and folding door mirrors, six airbags, illuminated cup holders, Keyless Enter ‘n Go with starting button and audio controls and steering wheel driving speed regulation.

The Fiat Freemont was given the prestigious five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. Electronic rollover mitigation system (ERM) and the Trailer Stability Control (TSC) are available.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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