Italian automaker Fiat S.p.a, owner of Chrysler group requested an increase in production for the Freemont large minivan after better-than-expected European sales of the rebadged Dodge Journey.
Unveiled earlier this year at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, the Freemont is a success in Europe. Fiat said it planned to sell 13,000 Freemonts this year, but the automaker told Automotive News Europe on Tuesday it already had collected 15,700 orders.
For the moment, Fiat has adapted its own MultiJet 2.0 four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, available in 140- and 170-hp variants and mated to a manual gearbox. However, in the pipeline is an all-wheel-drive variant, as well as an optional American gasoline engine – Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 — and an automatic transmission.
Measuring 489 cm long, 188 cm wide and 172 cm high with a 289 cm wheelbase, the Fiat Freemont is being advertised as a crossover that offers plenty of interior space to complement its distinctive design.
The equipment list of the Fiat Freemont will include touchscreen radio with 8.4” screen, SD card and DVD reader, Bluetooth system, rear parking sensors, and fold-down door mirrors.