By Patrick Rall
In case you didn’t know, the Dodge Journey is sold in several European markets as the Fiat Freemont and to help boost already strong sales of the Freemont, Fiat used the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show to introduce a new high end trimline – the Black Code.
While it is hard to tell from the image provided by Fiat, the Freemont Black Code sports a unique gloss black grille with black filler, black headlight bezels, a black lower front fascia, gloss black 19” wheels, gloss black exterior mirrors, black B and C pillars and black trim along the bottoms of the sides and rear of the vehicle. On the insider, the Freemont Black Code wears heated plush black leather seats with contrasting white stitching and power adjustment on the driver’s side, silver trim on the dash, door panels and center console, three zone climate control, keyless entry, push button start, navigation, an 8.4” infotainment screen and a premium sound system with six midrange speakers and one subwoofer.
Like other Fiat Freemont models, the Black Code is available with a standard 2.0L diesel engine that produces 170 horsepower or an option 3.6L Pentastar V6 with 280 horsepower. Buyers who pick the diesel engine can pick from a 6-speed manual transmission with front wheel drive or a 6-speed automatic transmission with all wheel drive while the Pentastar comes standard with all wheel drive and the automatic transmission.
Unfortunately for American buyers, the Black Code isnt like to pop up as an option on the Dodge Journey anytime soon and that is a cryin’ shame as this package looks great – particularly on vehicles that arent black. However, the exterior components (except for the Fiat badging and the diesel engine) are already very similar to what is offered on the Journey SXT Blacktop package except for the Journey Blacktop, the leather seats are an optional upgrade whereas the Black Code comes standard with the heated leather seats.
European buyers can expect to begin seeing Fiat Freemont Black Code models in their local dealerships in the first quarter of 2014. When it arrives, the Black Code should help the Freemont continue to be the most popular choice in the segment among Italian buyers.