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2012 Fiat Freemont news, pictures, and information
Fiat Freemont AWD: freedom and safety for ‘all the cars you want'The Freemont evokes a sense of freedom, and the feeling that this vehicle can face up to any situation that everyday life might bring. Today, wîth the new AWD (All-Wheel Drive) version, the model further accentuates its multi-faceted soul created by crossing the versatility and presence on the road characteristic of a SÚV, the typical handling of a station wagon and the 7-seat passenger room of an MPV.
The new Fiat Freemont AWD is the four-wheel drive version matched wîth the 170 HP 2.0 MultiJet 2 and 280 HP 3.6 V6 petrol engines, both offered wîth the new six-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) It is a technologically sophisticated and completely automated system that allows the driver to control the vehicle in extreme conditions in total safety. The new all-wheel version aims at consolidating the already remarkable results so far achieved. In just six months of sales, the first Fiat vehicle produced from the partnership wîth the Chrysler Group won more than 25,000 orders to become the best-selling 7-seat car today in Italy. The public will have the opportunity to see the new Freemont AWD up close in 25-26 February at the Fiat sales network in Italy.
All-wheel drive for the greatest safety under all driving conditions
The Fiat Freemont AWD active four-wheel drive system is on-demand, and it is equipped wîth an electronic control unit which uses sensors to detect the grip of the four wheels and decides when to transmit traction to the rear. The system intervenes on surfaces where the wheels may not have good grip (mud, snow, ice...) to ensure maximum traction and no limits to the routes the vehicle can take, or in the case of asphalt surfaces, to ensure additional traction and greater safety on bends.
Specifically, the electronic system modulates torque transfer through the use of electronically controlled coupling (ECC). Since it only operates on demand, the system contributes to containing fuel consumption. In addition, ECC on the AWD system is more flexible and more accurate than a viscous coupling or a Torsen system. In addition, the control unit also interfaces wîth the ESP and the traction control system.
Multijet 2 and 3.6 V6 petrol engines wîth six-speed automatic transmission
The new AWD version can be equipped wîth the 170 HP 2.0 MultiJet 2 wîth variable geometry and the powerful Chrysler Group Pentastar 3.6 litre engines. Both engines are combined wîth a new six-speed automatic transmission that ensures excellent performance together wîth precise and quiet operation to provide ultimate comfort and drivability.
25,000 orders in 6 months for the best-selling 7-seat crossover in Italy
The new all-wheel version aims at consolidating the already remarkable results so far achieved. In just six months of sales, the first Fiat vehicle produced from the partnership wîth the Chrysler Group won more than 25,000 orders to become the best-selling 7-seat car today in Italy.
The model is also winning over new types of customers coming from other areas and who are approaching the Fiat brand for the first time. As many as 65% of them are target customers, one of the highest values ever obtained by a Fiat car. Moreover, these figures are certified by results no less important as far as customer satisfaction is concerned. The first market analyses show that the Freemont has met wîth the highest level of satisfaction for a Fiat model since the 500 was launched.
Space and comfort The Freemont guarantees maximum space, comfort and versatility thanks to its 7 seats fitted as standard, wîth a genuine, spacious third row which is easily accessible because the rear doors open to 90-degree, and the vehicle is equipped wîth a simple and easily operated seat slide system. The seats of the third row can be folded down wîth one simple movement to disappear completely below the floor, leaving the car wîth a 5 seat configuration and creating a flat and even load platform. The second row and the passenger seat can also be folded down completely, allowing 32 different seating configurations. The second row is mounted slightly higher than the first, and the third slightly higher again, ensuring maximum visibility and comfort for all occupants. The second row is also fitted wîth an innovative child booster system to make sure that children on board are seated correctly, optimizing the seatbelt geometry and guaranteeing greater protection, practicality and comfort. This feature, which makes the Freemont 'perfect for families', allows you to raise the seats by up to 102 mm.
On-board comfort is also ensured by the high driving position and the spacious and ergonomic seats, a host of storage compartments, a generous luggage area wîth two compartments and a flat load platform for an overall capacity of up to 1461 litres (equivalent to more than 10 suitcases). There are over 20 storage compartments, offering significant additional capacity, equal to the size of a city-car boot. The front armrest, for example, is very deep and guarantees maximum capacity. It also houses a ÚSB port, an AÚX-in socket (which may also be used for an iPod) and a 12 volt power socket. This means you can listen to music or recharge portable devices whilst ensuring they are concealed when you get out of the car. The passenger seats contain a convenient and easily accessible compartment under its cushion, while the floor in the second row contains two spacious compartments under the mats.
The Freemont range includes front drive versions (teamed wîth state-of-the-art 2.0 MultiJet 2 engines, wîth variable geometry, available in 140 HP or 170 HP, wîth manual gearbox) and, the new four-wheel drive versions wîth the 170 HP 2.0 MultiJet 2 and 280 HP 3.6 V6 petrol engines, both wîth automatic gearboxes, to ensure driving comfort and safety at the same time. With the exception of the powerful 3.6 litre unit from the Chrysler Group Pentastar family and its automatic gearbox, all power units are produced and developed by Fiat.
The diesel engines have been designed to offer the optimum balance of performance, driving pleasure and fuel consumption. The vehicle's drivability is guaranteed by a maximum torque value (350 Nm) which is reached at 1750 rpm and constant up to 2500 for the 170 HP version (up to 2000 rpm for the 140 HP version). For the normal usage range (from 1500 rpm up to 3000 rpm), the torque never falls below 300 Nm, avoiding uncomfortable 'downshifts' and enhancing driving pleasure. This makes the engine very flexible, wîth optimum acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h and optimum maximum speeds: 11 seconds and 195 km/h for the 170 HP FWD model (values nearly identical to those of the AWD version), and 12.3 seconds and 180 km/h for the 140 HP FWD model. All of this translates into dynamic and safe driving.
The values recorded by the powerful 3.6 V6 petrol engine available only wîth the AWD traction are also outstanding: 280 HP (206 kW) at 6350 rpm of maximum power, 342 Nm at 4350 rpm, top speed of 206 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 8.4 seconds.
Fiat engineers have also optimized the vehicle's dynamic performance. The §teering system was conceived and manufactured using more direct and precise calibration and offers handling which is in line wîth the expectations of our European clients. The dynamism and comfort have been improved thanks to the vehicle's redesigned suspension, which ensures efficient alignment wîth average European roads. Adjustments have been made to various parts of the suspension design, including stiffening the suspension mountings, improving the front suspension geometry to reduce the roll angle and adjusting the suspension and shock absorber calibration for the optimum combination of comfort and handling which is in line wîth European standards. ( posted on conceptcarz.com) Acoustic comfort is guaranteed by a reduction in vibrations transmitted from the engine to the passenger compartment and the use of sound insulation materials to reduce noise on board.
In terms of safety, the Fiat Freemont is unrivalled as the awarding of the prestigious five-star Euro NCAP safety rating proves. Five stars is the top score that this independent consortium has been awarding since 1997 after testing vehicle safety. The rating is even more important considering that since 2009 Euro NCAP has adopted a new scheme composed of four areas of assessment, namely Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Pedestrian Protection and a new area: Safety Assist. Injury avoidance and mitigation functions, such as seat belt reminder, ESP and speed limiter, are also rated. Achieving a five-star rating will become increasingly tougher year by year (2009, 2010-2011, 2012).
In detail, the model offers 6 airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) complete wîth Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) wîth Hill-Holder and Electronic Rollover Mitigation (ERM) fitted as standard on all vehicles. And not forgetting the child boosters and cruise control mentioned earlier, also fitted as standard on all trim levels, to ensure that children are seated correctly and to allow perfect control of cruising speed.
The rollover mitigation system (ERM) uses data received from ESP sensors to detect potential roll risks and intervenes by supplying braking power to individual wheels and adjusting the position of the throttle valve. The Freemont also has an intelligent system which takes care of your trailer, Trailer Sway Control (TSC). Once its sensors detect that a trailer is swaying, the system intervenes, automatically applying the correct braking action to the wheels in order to keep the trailer under control and avoid dangerous oscillations. With this system, drivers can feel safe and confident when transporting their own loads.
To make it easier for customers to choose and purchase their vehicle, the Freemont range - today wîth the two Freemont and Úrban trim levels - is enriched wîth a new Lounge trim level. Each of these meets specific needs. The first trim level has a high level of content as standard: 7 seats, automatic triple-zone climate control, radio/CD/MP3 wîth 4.3' touch-screen, Trip Computer and §teering wheel audio controls, 17' alloy wheels, fog lights, cruise control, TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System), keyless entry/go, child boosters and an anti-theft alarm. The Úrban trim level is even richer, particularly in terms of comfort and urban practicality, wîth added 8.4 inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, lighting sensor, leather §teering wheel and gear knob, rear parking sensors, roof bars, electrically adjustable driver's seat (6 directions + 4 lumbar adjustment options), folding electric rear-view mirrors, tinted rear windows and electrochromic mirror.
In addition to the features already found on the first two trim levels, the Fiat Freemont Lounge exterior boasts 19' burnished alloy wheels, chrome-plated exterior door handles and chrome-plated longitudinal roof bars, while the interior is distinguished by fine leather upholstery. With its elegant design, the new trim level offers the cream of state-of-the-art infotainment devices as standard: 8.4' touch screen satellite navigation system wîth maps together wîth DVD player and SD slot, rear parking camera and Alpine sound system wîth 6 premium speakers, 368 Watt amplifier and subwoofer.
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