2014 Ram Promaster reporting for duty
By Jeffrey N. Ross
Feb 7th 2013
We already knew Chrysler would be getting its own version of the Fiat Ducato for use as the 2014 Ram Promaster, but it was just a question of when and what changes would be made. Well now we know. Though far from conventional-looking, the new Promaster should give Chrysler a fullsize van that is more competitive than the old Ram Van and more affordable than the Mercedes-based Dodge Sprinter.
Chrysler says it made numerous changes to transform the Ducato into the US-friendly Promaster, and the biggest changes were made to the powertrains. Standard equipment on the Promaster 1500 is the widespread 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 rated at 280 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque paired, which, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, offers a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 11,500 pounds. Other models will get the 3.0-liter diesel inline four-cylinder producing 174 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, giving this version a GCWR of 12,500 pounds, and this engine is mated to a six-speed automated manual transmission.
Not your typical recipe for commercial vehicles, the Promaster will have a unibody construction with a front-wheel-drive layout, but it will deliver 13 different configurations, including two roof heights, three wheelbases and four body lengths, and the choices of cargo, chassis cab and cutaway body styles. There was no mention of a passenger version of the Promaster, but we could see that coming down the road.