2014 Ram ProMaster Debuts
The new 2014 Ram ProMaster is Ram Commercial’s latest addition to its popular vehicle lineup. ProMaster takes its place in the expanding, purpose-built, full-size van segment with a number of best-in-class features focused on the commercial customer. Coming from a strong background of commercial vehicles produced by Fiat Professional, the ProMaster is based on the Fiat Ducato, which has been in production for more than 30 years.
Ram Truck is tapping into Fiat Professional, one of the largest producers of commercial vehicles in the entire world, offering more than 110 years of experience. That knowledge will help Ram Truck enter new segments and expand its product line. The new 2014 Ram ProMaster is based on the front-wheel-drive Fiat Ducato, which is the most popular full-size van in Europe. The 2013 Ram ProMaster is the Company’s first shared truck collaboration with Fiat Professional.
The 2014 ProMaster is available in two roof heights, three wheelbases, and four body lengths. Additionally, the ProMaster offers both a chassis cab and cutaway from the factory. Its unibody frame architecture makes it significantly lighter than the competition. As a result, the ProMaster boasts an impressive best-in-class payload capacity up to 2334 kg and a maximum towing capacity up to 2313 kg.
The ProMaster features a very low loading floor, a standard sliding door on the passenger side with an optional sliding door on the driver’s side. The sliding door openings are 1245 mm wide. In the rear, an available two-position rear clamshell door swings open up to 260°, folding almost flat to the side of the van. All three door openings enable fork lift pallet loading and unloading.
The 2014 Ram ProMaster marks the North American introduction of the 3.0 l I4 EcoDiesel engine that produces 174 hp and 295 lb ft of torque. This engine is offered with a 6-speed automated manual transmission. The standard-equipment 3.6 l Pentastar V-6 is matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Start of production for the 2014 Ram ProMaster is scheduled for third quarter of 2013. All configurations will be produced in Saltillo, Mexico.
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