Fiat Freemont is a cut price Dodge Journey

Dodge doesn’t sell many cars in Australia, which is not at all surprising given the fact that it has just one model, the Journey, which is a tall-wagon-cum-almost-MPV. It’s equipped with 3.6-litre V6 stretches in price from A$37,500 (SXT) to A$43,500 (RT).


And now it’s being undercut by its parent company, Fiat, which is offering exactly the same car, albeit with a new grille and Fiat Freemont badges everywhere, for much less money.

The base model A$25,990 Freemont comes equipped with dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloys, tyre pressure monitoring, keyless entry and start, and a leather steering wheel. The entertainment system features a 4.3-inch touchscreen, CD player, USB port, auxiliary jack, Bluetooth, and telephone voice control.

Next up is the mid-spec A$28,300 Urban adds electric adjustment for the driver’s seat, leather on the gear knob and an 8.4-inch touchscreen for the entertainment system. It’s also the only model that offers diesel propulsion, which will set you back a further A$2,300.

At the top of the tree is the A$30,300 Lounge which includes sat nav, leather seats and trim, heated front seats, and 19-inch alloys. The entertainment package is upgraded with the addition of sat nav, and an Alpine sound system incorporating a 368W amp and subwoofer.

The standard engine in the Freemont is a 125kW/220Nm 2.4-litre 4-cylinder motor that officially drinks 9.8L/100km. It drives the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. Optional in the Urban is a 125kW/350Nm 2-litre turbo-diesel that’s only equipped with a 6-speed manual; fuel consumption is rated at 6.3L/100km.

Across the range a third row of seats (bringing seating capacity up from 5 to 7 people) is optional, as is a rear-seat entertainment system.

If you really like the Freemont and really want a V6, sorry. For that you’ll have to, uhh, journey across town to a Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge dealer and get yourself a Journey.

Dimensions

Length: 4,910mm
Width: 1,878mm
Height: 1,705mm
Wheelbase: 2,890mm

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]