Motoring: ProMaster full-size van expands Ram’s commercial offerings

The 2014 ProMaster is Ram’s latest addition to its popular commercial vehicle lineup.

ProMaster features best-in-class fuel economy, turning radius and a low total cost of ownership.

The new 2014 Ram ProMaster is Ram Commercial’s latest addition to its popular commercial vehicle lineup.

Coming from a strong background of commercial vehicles produced by Fiat Professional, the Ram ProMaster is based on the Fiat Ducato, which has been in production for more than 30 years.

Shown at the recent Chicago Auto Show, the ProMaster boasts numerous Best-in-Class features that are appreciated by the hard-working customers of Ram’s new van.

Best-in-class power and cargo capacity (1500 ProMaster), step-in height, turning radius and a low total cost of ownership all combine to deliver a proven solution for businesses and fleets.

Now in its third generation with more than 4.5 million sold worldwide, Ram will offer a proven, award-winning workhorse with an incredible combination of durability, value, efficiency, and capability like no other in its class. Additionally, the 2014 Ram ProMaster is the only offering in its competitive set to provide both a chassis cab and cutaway from the factory.

The 2014 ProMaster is available in two roof heights, three wheelbases, and four body lengths.

Additionally, the ProMaster offers both a chassis cab and cutaway direct from the factory.

Its unibody frame architecture makes it significantly lighter than the competition and as a result, the ProMaster boasts an impressive payload capacity up to 2,334 kg (5,145 lb) and a maximum towing capacity up to 2,313 kg (5,100 lb).

The gross combined weight rating (GCWR) for the 3.6-litre Pentastar VVT V6 is 5216 kg (11,500 lb) and 5670 kg (12,500 lb) for the 3.0-litre I-4 Turbo EcoDiesel.

A unibody architecture has additional advantages, including stability and strength from front to rear, a reinforced plenum area for optimized engine packaging, and “truer” tuning of chassis systems and related hardware when compared to more common body-on-frame applications.

Thanks to its unique front-drive system, body-integral construction and the multiple of configurations offered, Ram’s new 2014 ProMaster can be upfit for virtually every conceivable commercial need.

Proportionally, the ProMaster brings a new standard to the large commercial van-based segment. The ProMaster is available in two roof heights, 2,286 mm (90 inches) or 2,565 mm (101 inches) with a high standard roof height and the most vertically oriented sidewalls in the cargo van category (nearly 90 degrees in relation to the cargo compartment floor).

The ProMaster features a standard sliding door on the passenger side with an optional sliding door on the driver’s side.

The sliding door openings are based on roof height – 1,245 mm (49 inch) x 1,524 mm (60 inch) for the low roof model and 1,245 mm (49 inch) x 1778 mm (70 inch) for high roof models.

In the rear, an available two-position rear clamshell door swings open up to 260-degrees, folding almost flat to the side of the van.

All three-door openings enable forklift pallet loading and unloading, and spaciousness that leads the competitive set.