2015 Ram ProMaster City gets ready to take on Ford Transit Connect

Article by Andrew Christian, on July 3, 2014

The 2015 Ram ProMaster City is arriving next year, providing Chrysler Group dealers a small commercial van good enough to rival the Ford Transit Connect. Based on the Fiat Doblo but designed for North American market, the front-wheel-drive vehicle 2015 ProMaster City will be powered by a 2.4-liter inline-four engine and a nine-speed transmission found in versions of the Chrysler 200 sedan and Jeep Cherokee.

The commercial van features coil-link rear suspension, resulting to enhanced driving dynamics and is intended mainly as an urban delivery or service vehicle. Bob Hegbloom, director of the Ram brand, remarked that the ProMaster City allows the brand to compete in the small van segment with a true commercial van.

He remarked that the platform underpinning the ProMaster City has been proven in the marketplace, noting there are already over 1.3 million Fiat Doblos around the world. The ProMaster City could be availed in two basic configurations: a two-seater for cargo and a five-seater for passengers.

Just like the ProMaster, the ProMaster City features headlights and tail-lamps sitting high to avoid damage. It also features large wraparound front and rear bumpers designed to absorb low-speed bumps with minimal damage.

The ProMaster City boasts rear doors that open in a 60/40 split, thereby enabling easier loading and unloading. Moving to the inside, the cabin is available in either black or gray and features cloth seats. Its shifter is placed below the radio and climate controls in the center stack.

A customer could avail of the Uconnect entertainment system that includes a 5-inch screen, satellite radio and navigation, as well as Bluetooth connectivity and a backup camera.

The cabin also features a large flat bin atop the center stack as well as a recessed shelf above the glove box. The ProMaster City’s cargo area features 48.4 inches of space between its wheel wells.

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