Fiat Chrysler's Ram Truck division notes its new 2015 ProMaster City van – a compact version of its full-size big brother, the ProMaster, launched back in June of 2014 – will start shipping to U.S. dealership lots within the first quarter next year.
The ProMaster City van is based on Fiat’s Doblo van platform sold in Europe but with key changes to handle "tougher" road conditions and greater temperature variation experienced in North American markets.
“Roads are rougher in the U.S. versus Europe, so we made changes to the suspension to handle them,” explained Mike Cairns, director of Ram Truck engineering. “There’s also a far greater temperature differential in Canada and the U.S. versus Europe, with temperatures ranging from minus 40 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.”
The 60/40 rear cargo door split means the larger of the two rear doors is the one opening on the driver’s or traffic side of the vehicle, providing the operator more protection when unloading.
The ProMaster city in cargo van configuration offers 131.7 cubic feet of cargo volume plus cargo space width of 60.4 inches and cargo area height of 51.8 inches.
Each ProMaster City model features pre-drilled roof rack holes.
On this particular ProMaster City model a standard roof rack is already installed.
The ProMaster City offers 1,883 lbs. of payload capacity and towing capacity of up to 2,000 lbs.
The Tigershark gasoline-fired I-4 engine cranking out 178 hp and 174 lbs.-ft. of torque combined with a 9-speed automatic transmission helps the ProMaster City achieve 21 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 29 mpg in highway operation.
The ProMaster City will be available in four versions: Tradesman Cargo Van and Tradesman SLT Cargo Van, plus a Wagon and Wagon SLT model for carrying passengers.
Suggested retail pricing for all those different configurations include a $995 destination charge and starts at $23,130 for the Tradesman Cargo Van and $24,655 for the Tradesman SLT Cargo Van, with the Wagon starting at $24,130 and rising to $25,655 for the Wagon SLT model.
There are no plans as of yet to offer a diesel engine with the ProMaster City, according to Ram Truck.
A ProMaster City showing off its towing capabilities -- again, with a towing capacity limit of 2,000 lbs.
Another view of the rear bumper towing hitch offered as an option on the ProMaster City van.
Both rear doors on the ProMaster City van can lock open at 90 degrees, reach nearly the height of the van and can open to 180 degrees -- offering a wide opening parallel with the rear of the van for easy dock loading.