The Cross version of the Freemont is a cut above the rest, a model designed to meet the needs of modern families looking especially for space and practicality. At the same time it also satisfies those customers that do not want to give up an attractive and distinctive look. The successful positioning of the Freemont as "All the cars you want", which has led it to win over new customer types from other segments by combining flexibility and functionality with a modern, original style, is confirmed with the Freemont Cross.
New and exclusive interior and exterior
The new Fiat Freemont Cross offers a fresh look that makes it highly distinct within the range. This is thanks to the new front bumper with platinum chrome colour inserts, the glossy black front grille and fog light frames, platinum chrome colour side skirts and lengthwise roof bars in the same colour, as well as the black frames for the front and rear light clusters, and the rear bumper with platinum chrome colour under-body protective insert. The Freemont Cross also has brand-new 19" Hyper black five-spoke alloy wheels.
The inside of the Fiat Freemont Cross passenger compartment features unique details, like the new black leather seats with sports mesh inserts and light ardesian grey top stitching, also on the central armrest and door panels. Furthermore, a new Liquid Graphite colour finish highlights the dashboard, instrumentation, central console, door panel and steering wheel. The steering wheel and gear knob offered in leather as standard lend the finishing touch to the interior fittings.
The new version is offered with the 140 HP 2.0 MultiJet II engine, with manual gearbox and front-wheel drive, and the 170 HP 2.0 MultiJet II, both in a 4Ã—2 version with manual gearbox and an active AWD version teamed exclusively with a 6-speed automatic transmission that ensures excellent performance together with precise and quiet operation for ultimate comfort and satisfaction at the wheel.
Standard equipment and options
With its strong, decisive look and full equipment, the Cross 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 an Alpine Premium sound system with 6 speakers, 368 W amplifier and subwoofer. All these features make this version truly unique and exclusive.
The new Cross trim level offers a superior level of versatility and refinement in the crossover segment. For example, the driver's seat features 10-way electric adjustment, the front passenger seat can be completely folded down, with a storage compartment hidden under the cushion, and the second and third rows of seats can be folded down, permitting the creation of a nearly 1.5 m3 load volume. What's more, the second row of seats reclines and features exclusive integrated child boosters, permitting the transport of children weighing 15 to 36 kg without using a child seat.
There are a total of 32 seat configurations, making the Freemont the most versatile crossover and permitting customers to organise the interior space with surprising flexibility.
There are also more than 20 storage compartments, with a total capacity of 140 litres - the equivalent of a city car's luggage compartment - such as, for example, the spacious compartments in the floor in front of the second row of seats, where valuable items such as cameras, portable computers and bags can be hidden. Thanks to the fold-down seats, uniform load platform and total capacity of the many storage compartments, the Fiat Freemont Cross offers surprising flexibility.
Finally, standard features also include electric heated and folding door mirrors, six airbags, illuminated cup holders, Keyless Enter 'n Go with starting button and audio controls and steering wheel driving speed regulation.
Active All-Wheel-Drive (AWD)
The active All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system takes care of backing up the Fiat Freemont Cross's tough appearance. This is available with the 170 HP 2.0 MultiJet II 16v engine version, teamed with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Fiat Freemont active four-wheel drive system is on-demand and it is equipped with 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 (for example: 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.
The rear-wheel drive also activates on dry surfaces - at a speed of between 40 and 100 km/h - improving handling when driving and allowing it to take curves more easily, with more neutral dynamic behaviour.
In particular, the electronic system modulates torque transfer through the use of the ECC (Electronically Controlled Coupling) and, operating only on request, contributes to greatly limiting fuel consumption. The ECC on the AWD system is more flexible and accurate than a viscous coupling.
The control unit also interfaces with the ESC and the traction control system, systems which help to keep the crossover firmly glued to the ground, whatever the weather or the road surface. Other features include the ABS system and the electronic rollover mitigation system as standard.
In terms of safety, the Fiat Freemont is at the top level as proven by the prestigious five-star Euro NCAP and more than 50 safety devices available. These include the front passenger advanced multistage airbags, active headrests, electronic stability control with traction control at all speeds and the Brake Assist system. What's more, side window airbags for all three rows of seats, airbags fitted in the front seats, disc brakes on all four wheels, Isofix child seat attachment system are also available as well as the Active Hood system, which uses sensors to detect the presence of pedestrians in frontal impacts, raising the rear part of the bonnet to reduce the impact force.
The electronic rollover mitigation system (ERM) and the Trailer Stability Control (TSC) are also available. The rollover mitigation system (ERM) uses data received from the ESP sensors to detect potential rollover risks and intervenes by varying the braking power supplied 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.