An Americanized version of the Fiat Ducato sold overseas, the Ram ProMaster went on sale for 2014. The large commercial van's exterior looks the same as ever, but its interior and powertrain receive significant updates for the 2022 model year. Its front-wheel-drive layout is unusual for the segment, but its cargo capacity holds its own against other vans.
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Front-wheel drive is uncommon for commercial vehicles, but it's the sole layout for the ProMaster. Is that a problem? In our experience, no.
The ProMaster drives surprisingly well for such a large vehicle. It accelerates well, even when loaded with cargo. We're confident the new nine-speed transmission added this year will improve drivability.
Although the interior remains work-focused, the updates added for 2022 appear to make major improvements. The technology and driver assist features now available should make working with the ProMaster simpler and more enjoyable.
Ram says the front-drive configuration was chosen as it enables a lower load floor; there's no rear-drive componentry taking up precious cargo space. Indeed, the ProMaster has a vast cargo hold, effectively supporting its commercial mission. With the many changes it receives for the 2022 model year, the ProMaster seems better suited than ever to get to work.
All ProMaster models are equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6 producing 280 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The van remains FWD, but output reaches the tires via a new nine-speed automatic transmission added for 2022. That could help improve acceleration; we previously tested a ProMaster 2500 with the high roof and long wheelbase that hit 60 mph in 8.5 seconds.
Electric cargo vans are on the way. Ford has rolled out the E-Transit, Rivian has shown its cartoonishly cute EV hauler, and it even looks like Faraday Future may be working on something for the segment. Ram is following along with an electric version of the ProMaster. Although there's little information available, the brand has expressed its commitment to making one. The ProMaster EV is slated for debut in 2023.
The ProMaster is offered in several body configurations: low roof, high roof, and short, medium, or long wheelbase. Cargo capacity varies accordingly. The smallest cargo capacity is found in the low-roof, short-wheelbase model, which has 259.0 cubic feet of space. Moving up to the medium-wheelbase model, cargo space measures 304.0 cubic feet with the low roof, or 353.0 cubic feet with the high roof. Maximum capacity is provided by the long-wheelbase, high-roof, extended-body model, which offers a whopping 463.0 cubic feet of space.
Although payload varies by configuration, at a minimum the ProMaster is rated to carry up to 3,760 pounds. It tops out at 4,690 pounds. Similarly, it's rated to tow as little as 5,100 pounds or as much as 6,910 pounds, depending on configuration.
Crew Van configuration is a new option for the ProMaster starting this year. Instead of only a huge open area behind the front row, the Crew Van comes with a second-row bench seat that can carry three passengers. Rather than solid metal sides, the Crew Van has windows for those passengers. Choosing the Crew Van package reduces maximum cargo capacity, but that could be a worthwhile trade-off for users who need to carry people and things. It is offered on various styles of the high-roof ProMaster.
Every ProMaster is equipped with six airbags. Several driver assist and active safety features become standard this year, including forward collision warning, crosswind steering assistance, driver attention monitoring, and road sign recognition. Optional features also expand, with adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic high-beams, and rain-sensing windshield wipers added to the list.
For 2022, the ProMaster's tech gets upgraded significantly. It is now equipped with a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen as standard, or a 10.0-inch upgraded unit. Both are compatible with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Amazon Alexa and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. Basic models get a 3.5-inch digital gauge display, which increases to 7.0 inches in higher-end models. Several charge points—USB, AC, and DC—are integrated into the redesigned dash, as well as an optional wireless charging pad. The available digital rearview mirror and 360-degree camera system improve outside visibility.