The Ram ProMaster marks Chrysler’s first full-size van since the Dodge B-van that carted so many people to airports and religious retreats. Although ProMaster is new to the American market there are millions of them on the roads of Europe wearing Fiat Ducato badges.
ProMaster is offered in conventional cargo van layout, a cargo van with windows (which can be made into a passenger van at a facility adjacent the factory), a chassis cab more like a flat-bed, and a cutaway van suitable for adding your own box van and likely to be popular with Class C motorhome builders. From three weight classes, four body styles, three wheelbases and two roof heights offer 14 configurations.
A 280-hp 3.6-liter gasoline V6 and 6-speed automatic derived from those in Ram’s cargo van and Chrysler vans is standard on all. The alternative for every ProMaster is a 174-hp 3-liter four-cylinder diesel coupled to a 6-speed automated manual transmission.
Ram ProMaster is a front-wheel-drive van. In addition to any traction benefit in inclement weather and less hardware running front to back, that means a low load floor and big doors that will clear a standard pallet; a sliding driver’s-side door and various window options for working out of it are available.
Top load and tow ratings clear 5000 pounds, though not coincidentally. Interior cargo volume ranges from 283 cubic feet to 530 cubic feet. Up to 17 cargo securement points are included.
The driving position is upright with an excellent view forward and good mirrors. Two seats are standard, a double passenger seat offered, and the passenger version is expected to carry 12 individuals. Controls are simple, the floor is unobstructed and navigation and Bluetooth are offered.
Maximum space efficiency means a box shape, so consider ProMaster’s slab sides a blank canvas to improve its looks with your graphics. The big front bumper/grille assembly is three parts to lower replacement/repair costs of fender benders, and the mirrors and paint are the only things you can easily scrape off it.
ProMaster competes against Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ford’s outgoing E-van and upcoming Transit, Nissan NV, Chevrolet Express, and GMC Savana.