The new 2015 Ram ProMaster City is not just a small commercial van, but also for passengers. Ram is releasing a five-passenger version of this small inexpensive cargo van, which will arrive in dealerships before the start of the new year. The ProMaster City, which shares most of its components with the Fiat Doblo, is built in Turkey and imported into the United States.
It is then refitted and converted in Baltimore, Maryland into a two-seat cargo van dubbed as the Tradesman or a five-seat passenger van called the Wagon. Both the Tradesman and the Wagon versions are available in either base or SLT trim. The Ram ProMaster City could be availed at any Ram dealers, unlike the Ram ProMaster that could only bought from Ram BusinessLink dealerships.
According to Ram brand chief Bob Hegbloom, he expects four of every five ProMaster City vans sold in the United States to be configured for cargo. He called the wagon version of the ProMaster City as a “nice package” as it does not only have ample room for cargo, but also for five passengers.
He remarked that even Ram’s dealers were a “little surprised” with the passenger version, which he adds may appeal to taxi services. The ProMaster City is expected to rival the long-wheelbase cargo and passenger versions of the Ford Transit Connect and the Nissan NV200.
The ProMaster City is powered by the 2.4-liter inline-four engine and nine-speed transmission also equipped in versions of the Chrysler 200 sedan and Jeep Cherokee -- giving the small cargo van a fuel efficiency rating of 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway.
It features 131.7 cubic feet of storage space, with integrated tie-downs in the floor for securing cargo. Its rear doors open on a 60/40 split with the larger one opening on the driver side for easier curbside deliveries.
The 2015 ProMaster City commercial van will be rolled out in the US in the first quarter of 2015 at starting prices of $24,125 for the cargo version and $25,125 for five-seat wagon version. Prices include shipping. The ProMaster City is derived from the Fiat Doblo and comes with high sitting headlights and taillights as well as large wraparound front and rear bumpers for absorbing low-speed bumps with minimal damage.
Moreover, the ProMaster City has rear doors that open in a 60/40 split, allowing for easier loading and unloading. It boasts a cargo area with 48.4 inches of space between its wheel wells as well as over 60 inches above the wheel wells. It also boasts of cargo capacity of 131.7 cubic feet, as measured under the SAE International standard.