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by Matt Campbell

The new range-topping Fiat Freemont Crossroad V6 has arrived in Australia, priced from $36,500 plus on-road costs.

The seven-seat SUV/crossover wagon shares its 3.6-litre V6 engine with its twin, the Dodge Journey, with the big petrol unit producing 206kW of power and 342Nm of torque. The V6 engine of the Fiat Freemont Crossroad is the first six-cylinder to be offered in the Italian brand’s range locally, and sends its power to the front wheels via a standard six-speed automatic transmission.

Fuel use is rated at 10.4 litres per 100 kilometres, only marginally higher than the 2.4-litre four-cylinder also offered in the range (9.8L/100km). Fiat‘s diesel Freemont remains the most frugal, with claimed use rated at 6.4L/100km, though that model is only available with a manual gearbox.

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The Freemont Crossroad sits atop the Italian brand’s crossover line-up, and comes handsomely equipped for its $36,500 asking price. Standard gear includes seven seats with three-zone climate control (optional on some lower-spec variants), a huge media screen and external styling treatment that separates it from the standard models.

The changes include a glossy black grille and fog-light surrounds, black surrounds for the front and rear light assemblies, “platinum chrome” side-skirts, roof rails and trim highlights, and new 19-inch burnished five-spoke alloy wheels finished in “Hyper Black”.

Standard equipment for Fiat Freemont Crossroad V6:

Seven seats (five standard for all other models, with option of third row plus tri-zone ventilation plus second-row booster seats)
8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen media system with DVD/SD player
Satellite navigation
Alpine audio system with subwoofer and 368-watt amplifier
Steering wheel audio controls
Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity
USB and auxiliary inputs
Tri-zone climate control air conditioning
19-inch alloys wheels
Cruise control
Keyless entry and push-button start
Reverse-view camera
Rear parking sensors
Electrically adjustable driver’s seat
Leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearknob
Leather interior trim with mesh inserts
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Auto headlights and wipers
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Heated folding electric side-view mirrors
Front and rear fog lights
Tinted rear windows
Six airbags (dual front, front-side, full-length curtain)

Fiat Freemont pricing (plus on-road costs):
Base 2.4-litre petrol six-speed auto, five seats: $27,000
Urban 2.4-litre petrol six-speed auto, five seats: $29,000
Lounge 2.4-litre petrol six-speed auto, five seats: $32,000
Urban 2.0-litre diesel six-speed manual, five seats: $33,000
Crossroad 3.6-litre V6 six-speed automatic, seven seats: $36,500




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