Dodge released the current Journey back in 2008 and it is one of the few cars to still use an old platform. The Freemont is the European version of the car which, except its badges, is identical to it. As the car is really old at this point and it can’t really compete on the current market, it looks like an update is already on its way. So far the manufacturer didn’t really say much about the future model. However, it looks like the new car is not going to use the older platform or even a front wheel drive platform for that matter. Instead, the upcoming 2018 Fiat Freemont is set to use Alfa’s all-new rear wheel drive modular architecture. On top of that, the production is going to move from Mexico to Italy which is quite interesting to see.
2018 Fiat Freemont Review, Rumors
Despite making the switch to a rear wheel drive platform, the new car shouldn’t be any heavier than its predecessor. Why? Well, the new platform is mostly made out of aluminum with some high strength steel in store.
The end result should be at least 200 pounds less than its predecessor which will translate into better efficiency and performance. With the new platform, the car will also get a new set of engines and a lot of other upgrades inside and out.
How big will it be?
Even though the new 2018 Fiat Freemont will use an Alfa Romeo platform, the car is not going to share its wheelbase with any of the current models. Instead, the car will basically be the long wheelbase version of the Stelvio.
The track width will be the same between the two cars and so should be the height.
However, the Freemont is likely going to add a few inches to its total length. The end result will be a car capable of carrying up to 7 people in perfect comfort.
While its predecessor looked quite boxy for its own good, this is no longer going to be the case. Instead, the future 2018 Fiat Freemont will likely have more in common with Fiat’s newest additions such as the roadster or even the Stelvio itself.
As the car will be rear wheel drive, it will definitely feature a longer hood than before and it will be lower.
However, as it will renounce its body proportions, it should also boast a far more modern look which will likely appeal to a much wider part of the market. Unfortunately, Fiat still didn’t release any official teasers but we are certain the car is going to become a trendsetter.
Chances are the 2018 Fiat Freemont will at least feature a similar interior to that of the Stelvio. We expect the two cars to have roughly the same center stack design with the slight angle towards the driver.
However, the instrument cluster should be all new with likely a digital display instead of the two analog dials.
On top of that, the Freemont should also boast a different steering wheel and likely different materials as well as the car will be overall cheaper than the Stelvio. Even so, it won’t be all that bad, so it will still be miles better than its predecessor.
Engine and Specs
Being a Fiat, we don’t expect the Freemont to receive the Ferrari developed 2.9 liters twin-turbo V6 with its 500 horsepower output. Even so, the car will still be far more powerful and efficient than its predecessor.
As standard, it should come equipped with a 2.2-liter turbocharged diesel good for anything between 150 and 210 horsepower. A 2.0 liter turbo-four gas engine is also going to be an option.
This one will deliver between 200 and 280 horsepower and as much as 300 lb-ft of torque. No matter the case, an 8-speed automatic is likely going to be standard.
Release and Price
If the rumors are anything to go by then the new Freemont might hit the showrooms’ floor by the end of 2018. However, the car is likely not going to hit the market for at least a couple more years.
Its price, while still unknown, should be on par with most of its rivals. This means the base model should start at less than €35,000 which would make it a steal.
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