Ram Confirms New ProMaster City Small Van Headed for Work Truck Lineup
Right now is a perfect opportunity to get into the commercial van business, and Ram will be seizing the opportunity next with its 2015 ProMaster City compact hauler. The 2015 Ram ProMaster City follows the recent launch of the 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size commercial van, and it will compete against smaller vehicles like the Ford Transit Connect, Nissan NV200, and Chevrolet City Express. Ram has released scant details thus far, but since it pulled from the Fiat portfolio to bring the ProMaster to market--overseas, it's called the Fiat Ducato--Chrysler has seen fit to bring over the Fiat Doblo, seen above, as its second new van installment. Says the brand, as issued in a press release: "Based on the successful Fiat Doblo, a two-time International Van of the Year winner with more than 1.3 million units sold, the Ram ProMaster City will encompass familiar Ram Truck styling cues and offer features and powertrains preferred by North American commercial customers." Overseas, the current Fiat Doblo's most powerful gasoline engine is a 1.4-liter four-cylinder with 120 horsepower. More powerful diesel engines are also available, which may or may not make it to the U.S. For our market, Chrysler scrapped most of the Ducato's engines in favor of re-engineering the full-size van to accept its Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6. We expect similar modifications to the Doblo/ProMaster City for our market. Chrysler and Ram have given no timeline for when to expect a new Ram-badged small van on the auto show circuit. When it arrives, we expect that it will replace Chrysler's current small-van offering, the stripped-out Ram Cargo Van, which is based on the Dodge Grand Caravan and only available with the Pentastar V-6. Source: Chrysler/Ram
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