Fiat unleashes the Freemont

January 24, 2011 12:00 AM

Pictures of the Fiat Freemont, a highly anticipated crossover vehicle, were released on Monday well ahead of the car's planned début at the Geneva Motor Show, reports MSN Autos.

The car has seven seats, two doors and epitomizes the new plan by Fiat-Chrysler's CEO Sergio Marchionne's to reduce costs and increase sales by creating a hybrid that combines Chrysler and Fiat models.

According to Fiat, the Freemont is "a 'factotum vehicle' designed to meet the diverse needs of families and those seeking a spacious, comfortable and versatile vehicle to cater for the frenetic pace of everyday life or weekend leisure time."

Starting in June, the Freemont is available for sale, which comes equipped with twin 2.0 MultiJet turbodiesel engines with 140 and 170 horsepower. No automatic transmission is available for this model, but will become available later on.

Under the hood of the later model, however, coming out by the end of 2011, is a 276 horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine. In addition, four-wheel drive and automatic transmission is available for drivers should they choose to install it.

The Freemont replaces the Ulysse minivan, which Fiat saw flatline last year after only selling 1,959 models.

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