We saw the Fiat Freemont first at this past March's Geneva Motor Show, and the newly pleasant people carrier's configurator has just hit the intertubes in Italian. An English-language version for the UK market isn't happening yet, so you'll have to have fun seeing what Europe can get on its Dodge Journey that we can't, and vice-versa by clicking here.

Deliveries start this month (June 2011) with a front-wheel driver with six-speed manual shifter (i.e. fun!). The initial engines available for the Freemont will be two variants of the four-cylinder 2.0-liter MultiJet II direct-injected turbodiesel from Fiat Powertrain Technologies. A 138-horsepower version with 258 pound-feet of torque between 1,750 and 2,000 rpm (with at least 220 lb-ft on tap throughout the idle-to-4,000 rpm usable rev range) has a base price of €25,700 ($37,300), and in special Urban trim hits €27,200 ($39,500), both with all Italian taxes included. The 168-hp tune with the same torque peaking from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm starts at €27,200 ($39,500) and in Urban garb, it commands €28,700 ($41,700). Knock around 20 percent off all those prices, and you'd have what the approximate U.S. showroom price would be.

Later in the year, an all-wheel-drive version carrying buyers' choice of either the 168-hp MultiJet diesel or a top-of-the-line 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 272 hp will be available, but pricing hasn't been revealed yet. An automatic transmission is also expected to join the options sheet at that time.

While the Freemont moniker (perhaps named after the new Fiat of Fremont dealership in California?) and sales potential in the European context very much confuse us, we still like the Journey as it is adapted all'italiana. The Dodge-in-drag's campaign tagline translates to "All the Cars You Want," meaning essentially "Whatever car you'd like it to be." Could that come across as "good at many things, great at none"? We hope not.


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      Zoom
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ahhh... a six-speed manual diesel right out of the gate. To be a European is bliss!
      sanmusa
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope Fiat redesigned the car's handling too. I rented one of these last month and found the steering to be vague and overboosted steering, mushy suspension, and too-soft foam padded seats. If Fiat does a good job of Europeanizing the car then it's a nice crossover.
        Shiftright
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sanmusa
        You most likely rented a 2011 model. The refreshed 2012 model with its new interior also received some suspension tuning and upgrades.
      withsixappeal
      • 3 Years Ago
      Knock off 20% and that'd be the US price? Are you kidding me? Why, because that's the approximate VAT in Italy? Absolutely not. Economies of scale dictates that goods are simply more expensive in Europe - it's more expensive to distribute, fixed costs are higher and there are import duties from the United States. Stop attempting to convert the price to U.S. dollars. You can't, and it smacks of juvenile journalism.
        xmailboxcancerx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @withsixappeal
        Create your own damn Autoblog then.
        Chris Olden
        • 3 Years Ago
        @withsixappeal
        I don't think you have a clue about European markets or costs. The real explanation behind the higher prices is: 1. Huge sales taxes on cars, varies across the 50 European countries 2. Higher prices in general because the market will accept it 3. Purchasing Power Parity, people are paid in Euros, the exchange rate doesn't matter, we're not paid/paying in Dollars. As for higher fixed costs? I doubt the fact that has a basis in reality. The employment cost varies across all of Europe. Western and Northern Europe has higher social security and higher costs for employers.
      Adam
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow! Only 24.9 Euros! Oh wait, Euros do things backwards and use decimal points to denote a comma.
      HuskerBadger
      • 3 Years Ago
      IMO, the Fiat grille is better looking than the native Dodge grille.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL Fremont is a parking lot with a mayor in the armpit of California. Apropriate name for that trash heap.
      Bill Burke
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Freemont tag doesn't knock my socks off, but the Dodge Journey is a excellent crossover, sized perfectly for Europe and will start the market expansion of Chrysler built vehicles as rebadged Fiats, Alfas and Lancias. I expect solid sales as the Fiat dealers market these vehicles agressively. On my visits to Italy I saw alot of Chrysler minivans (Voyagers) and Jeep Cherokees (Liberty) and a few 300s. Rebadging should do wonders for Dodge and Chrysler with Jeep not needing any help in the Italian market place. Freemont my not be a great name, but Italy will love it anyway.
      Yas
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really wonder whether it will sell. Dodge/Chrysler never really took off here and this thing does not even remotely resemble a FIAT. It looks fat too.
      aktar
      • 3 Years Ago
      http://www.eurocarblog.com/post/4487/fiat-freemonts-road-test-the-feedback
      Bent Kjellemo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm a dodge man, and I have a 09 journey sxt dsg. I have drive 45 000km. In it and love it. I'm not so in to the idea of badging it to fiat, but I hope I can buy some dodge badges on e-bay next time I wil buy a new journey. Greetings from Norway.;)
      kataklan9
      • 3 Years Ago
      After reading all the comments, I can only say that 10 days I purchased a 140 hp Fiat Urban Freemont, I'm in the testing phase, learning, making it, and the feelings I have are very good, has exceeded all my expectations, was at first reluctant but today, every time I'm happier to have it both inside and outside are spectacular, is a car with a very nice line, while giving you the feeling of robustness is very soft lead is running smoothly, let alone inside super improved over the journey, the seats are super comfortable, and all the extras that comes standard. you will not find a vehicle of its kind for the price that has left the Fiat Freemont and all the bonus features on the car market is very versatile, the 6-speed gearbox gives you a spectacular dynamism. Needless to say that in 2012 will come with automatic new, browser, camera parking aid rear, and other improvements that will make this vehicle the best in the market for such vehicles. For quality and price is currently the best option that you can find in the market.
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