We're going to go ahead and give the marketing wizards at Fiat the benefit of the doubt, and say that they didn't have some regrettable American history in mind when they dubbed the latest iteration of the Dodge Journey Fiat Freemont "Black Code." Suffice it to say that such a special edition sobriquet wouldn't fly here in The States.

Risqué names or no, Fiat claims that the Freemont has been somewhat of a hit in Italy to date, with the automaker telling us that the crossover has led it's segment in the country for two years running now. The Black Code looks to build on that success by adding a top trim level to the basic formula.

The Black Code has got plenty of black accents, don't you worry; the CUV boasts new noir on the front grille, 19-inch alloy wheels, mirror covers and headlight frames. Standard three-zone climate control, heated leather seating, parking sensors and a navigation system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen highlight the list of standard features.

Functionally, the top-end Freemont can be had with front- or all-wheel drive, with powertrain options ranging from a 170-horsepower, 2.0-liter MultiJet diesel to a 280-hp, 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. Scroll down for a look at the Fiat press release.
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Freemont Black Code

- Fiat crossover's new top-of-the-range model

- Glossy black front grille, 19" alloy rims and mirror covers . Black headlight frames

- Standard automatic three-zone climate control, cruise control, leather upholstery and heated seats, rear parking sensors, 8.4" touch screen satellite navigation system with maps together with DVD player and SD slot

- On sale from the first quarter of 2014

Fiat has chosen Frankfurt to present an important addition to the Freemont range - the brand new Black Code trim level - which from the beginning of 2014 will contribute to consolidating the already excellent commercial results which have been achieved thus far. Over two years of sales, the first Fiat to spring from the partnership with Chrysler Group has collected over 52,000 registrations across Europe, ranking sixth in its category in Europe in 2012. In Italy, the Freemont has been the leader of its segment for two years running (July 2011 - July 2013), and is the vehicle with the 7th highest number of units sold.

Available in FWD and AWD, the Black Code version is the top of the Freemont family range in terms of both content and style. With a unique, exclusive design, the new version offers brand new gloss black detailing, evident on the front grille, the mirror fairings and the exclusive 19" alloy rims. The front headlight frames are also black, enhancing the vehicle's appearance even further. The interior truly has been designed to enhance comfort and travelling pleasure, and features automatic three-zone climate control system, cruise control, leather upholstery and heated seats (the driver's seat is also electrically adjustable), as well as keyless entry/go system, rear parking sensors and electrically folding rear-view mirrors.

With its strong, decisive look and full equipment, the Black Code trim level offers the cream of state-of-the-art infotainment devices as standard. There's an 8.4" touch screen satellite navigation system with maps together with DVD player and SD slot, Bluetooth connection, rear parking camera and a Premium sound system with 6 premium speakers, 368-W amplifier and subwoofer. All of this certainly makes for a unique and exclusive version.

The Fiat Freemont Black Code is the ideal solution for customers who want a family car which still allows them to express their personality. The new version is equipped with a 2.0 MultiJet II 170 HP engine, with FWD and manual gearbox or AWD and automatic transmission, and the AWD 280 HP 3.6 litre petrol engine with automatic transmission.

The Black Code version is a cut above the rest, for a model which has been designed to meet the needs of modern families and those seeking a spacious, comfortable and versatile vehicle to cater for the frenetic pace of everyday life or for their weekend leisure time. The Fiat Freemont further completes the model's offer, reconfirming its position as "All the cars you want". Its multifarious soul has led it to win over new customer types from other segments - station wagon, minivan and crossover - combining flexibility and functionality with a distinctive, original style. With all this and more, all trim levels and engine versions are very competitively priced.

The Fiat Freemont range comprises 4 trim levels (Freemont, Urban, Lounge and Black Code), two drive systems (front-wheel or active 'on demand' AWD), two transmissions (manual or automatic, both with 6 speeds) and four engine versions: 2.0 MultiJet II 16v with 140 HP or 170 HP and 170 HP 2.4-litre and 280 HP 3.6-litre petrol engines, the latter part of the Chrysler Group's Pentastar family.

AWD versions always come with 6-speed automatic transmission that ensures excellent performance together with precise and quiet operation, for ultimate comfort and satisfaction at the wheel.


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      Bill Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Indeed the Freemont has been a success in Italy as well as Mexico and Canada where it is the best selling crossover in Canada. What does that tell you about the questionable influence of the American press on lingering editorialized reservations about things Chrysler ? You got it wrong guys,,,,again. Shame on you. The more fundamental significance of the success of the Freemont is that it shows that Europe will accept a Chrysler built Fiat and that there is a ready market for this size crossover in Europe. This gives Fiat an opportunity to expand that market segment with the next generation Freemont. It also gives Chrysler the acceptance necessary to be a larger player with its vehicles, no matter the badgeing, in the global market.
        mikeybyte1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bill Burke
        I always thought the last refresh of the Journey was very well done. I just don't think Dodge has done enough to advertise it. Although rather conservative and plain looking, the interior is sharp and user friendly and it has competitive powertrains.
        gary
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bill Burke
        Just because something sells well doesn't mean it's good.
          omgcool
          • 1 Year Ago
          @gary
          While I firmly believe the Journey/Freemont to be great options (since 2011), I agree with Gary. Camry and Accord are not best-in-class anymore by a long shot but continue to sell exceptionally well because of their general dependability/predictability and preconceived notions amongst the general public that they're the greatest cars ever made (word of mouth beats all). Sales hardly reflects the quality of a car. Though if it did, I'm sure the Journey/Freemont would still be doing nicely.
      DesignWhuuu
      • 1 Year Ago
      love the title
      Andrew Berardinelli
      • 1 Year Ago
      When I go to Italy next summer, I better see a bunch of these around.
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Freemont"? Stupid name. It's like "Freedonia", the mythical country in the Marx Brothers' "Duck Soup".
        Bill Burke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dukeisduke
        Actually, I heard that Fiat is changing the name from Freemont to Duck Soup. What a coincidence!
        johnnythemoney
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dukeisduke
        Believe it or not, there is a town called "Manfredonia" in southern Italy.
      ffelix422
      • 1 Year Ago
      You have to wonder why the Dodge version doesn\'t look like this. And wouldn\'t they sell more if it did?????
        Bill Burke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ffelix422
        Look at Journey again. Except for the traditional Dodge cross hash grill, they are identical. Actually, and importantly, Journey sales have improved domestically (hello!) somewhat, but could do better if not for dated opinions on a much improved vehicle that offers a lot to buyers in this segment. The next generation Journey will share a lot with the impressive new Jeep Cherokee and should do better in the states, if the press will give the thing a fair review this time.
      Donald Haas
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they can pull 30mpg out of that diesel then it should be offered here...Nothing like a 30mpg 7 passenger crossover in the class.
        BB79826
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Donald Haas
        With a 2.0L 170hp diesel? Yeah, I'm sure Americans would love an SUV with a 0-60 time of 15 seconds.
          Michael Scoffield
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BB79826
          Actually the 0 to 60 time is around 11 seconds you won't need anything faster than that in a 7 passenger crossover. You Americans are really silly on your "need" for quick 0 to 60 times. We also have highways here in Europe you know and a 12 secs 0-60 car does just fine. Actually I broke the speed limit of 85 on a highway without even realizing in a 14 secs car recently. Your highways aren't even that fast so why do you need a fast 0-60 car?
          johnb
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BB79826
          the limits stopped being 55mph 20 years ago.
          TurbosForAll
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BB79826
          Agree. It might be efficient like no other, but sluggish as well. On the other hand, I think the diesel it's a more desirable choice than the lame basic combo we have here: that 2.4 liter with the 4-sp-auto is just horrible.
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BB79826
          Drive on most American roads - especially away from freeways - and they're populated with slow-moving MPVs, trucks and large old boats in considerable numbers. Few people accelerate to 60 mph in 20 seconds, let alone 11.
      Vergenbuurg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mmmmm... Italian apple pie... I imagine that would be amazing.
        tinted up
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Vergenbuurg
        Hopefully the Italian Apple Pie edition has the battery in a different place. Having to remove a front bump to swap a battery is kind of ridiculous.
        johnb
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Vergenbuurg
        agree, this actually looks pretty good. I'd probably do the same thing if my wife bought a dodge journey.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should offer the Journey with the blacked out headlights
      360_AD
      • 1 Year Ago
      I see red paint with black accents (some cases, gloss black) as a emerging trend.
      dohc73
      • 1 Year Ago
      The interior: so shiny all over.
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dohc73
        Flash photos of interiors rarely turn out well. It's especially true for black.
      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a Dodge. What a surprise. A Chrysler.
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