The Italian based automaker Fiat has recently launched a rebadged version of a model made by Chrysler, the Freemont in its AWD version, in Europe.
According to the car manufacturer, the Fiat Freemont all-wheel drive should enter the MPV segment in Europe pretty soon, and even if it’s not available for its future customers just yet, Fiat has released some important details on it. The Fiat Freemont AWD will be available at first with a choice of two engines, the 2.0 MultiJet 2 with its 170 horsepower and with variable geometry and the larger 3.6 liter Pentastar unit from the Chrysler Group. Both engines are being mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
“The Fiat Freemont AWD active four-wheel drive system is on-demand, and it is equipped with an electronic control unit which uses sensors to detect the grip of the four wheels and decides when to transmit traction to the rear. The system intervenes on surfaces where the wheels may not have good grip to ensure maximum traction and no limits to the routes the vehicle can take, or in the case of asphalt surfaces, to ensure additional traction and greater safety on bends”, as Fiat says.
The Fiat Freemont is actually a rebadged Dodge Journey and an example of how Europeans can improve an American design. The model is expected to make its official debut in its domestic market, Italy, on February 25-26.