Preview: Ram ProMaster and ProMaster City
ProMaster upgrades commercial vans for 2019
CHELSEA, MI: Ram is updating and expanding its ProMaster and ProMaster City commercial vans for 2019.
The Class 2 full-size ProMaster is now available in 18 configurations with the addition of three new 136-inch wheelbase models.
When it comes to payload, Ram claims it has the highest available standard payload in the segment including ProMaster 1500 at 4,000 lb, ProMaster 2500 at 4,230 lb and the ProMaster 3500 at a claimed best-in-class at 4,680 lb.
The new ProMaster and smaller ProMaster City were exhibited recently at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) “What’s New” event at its Chelsea, MI, proving grounds before a mix of autojournalists from across North America.
Towing capacity has been increased by 30 per cent up to 6,800 lb and now offers a Class IV receiver hitch with four-/seven-pin wiring harness to handle the increased loads.
Because these vans are extensively upfitting, Ram ProMaster includes a Vehicle System Interface Module (VSIM) with 13 inputs and 41 outputs (54 total). The VSIM feature gives upfitters quick and reliable connections to vehicle systems.
New optional interior LED lighting is 20 times brighter and offers integrated motion sensors for added convenience.
Among other claimed best-in-class features are the standard 280 hp 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 with six-speed automatic transmission, standard interior cargo height, load floor height, cargo width between wheel wells and maximum cargo width.
Ram says the reason for the extra interior volume is the ProMaster doesn’t need a drive tunnel because it is front-drive resulting in a lower floor.
The updated 2019 ProMaster City is Ram’s entry in the Class 1 commercial van and is available in a two-seat cargo van or five-seat passenger van in two trim levels, Tradesman or SLT.
With a payload of 855 kg (1,885 lb) and a cargo volume of 3,729 litres (131.7 cu ft), the ProMaster City is powered by a 2.4-litre inline four-cylinder (178 hp, 174 lb/ft) mated to nine-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels.
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