Ram Introduces 2015 ProMaster CityPosted on July 1st, 2014
Class 1 cargo van combines fuel efficiency and versatility
By Nina Russin
Following on the success of its ProMaster cargo van launch this year, Ram introduces 2015 ProMaster City: a Class 1 cargo van designed to meet the needs of entrepreneurs in high-traffic urban areas. Available as either a windowless cargo van or five-passenger van, the ProMaster City arrives in dealerships at the end of 2014.
Based on the Fiat Doblo architecture, the ProMaster City features a more compact footprint than the larger ProMaster, but offers the same ‘form follows function’ approach to design and engineering.
Both cargo and passenger vans are available in Tradesman and SLT trim levels, all powered by a 178-horsepower 2.4-liter Tigershark engine and nine-speed automatic transmission. The front-wheel drive configuration minimizes curb weight and increases the cargo area by eliminating a floor tunnel and rear differential.
Zero-to-sixty acceleration is less than ten seconds. The ProMaster City accelerates from zero-to-thirty miles-per-hour in 3.7 seconds.
The ProMaster’s cargo floor stretches five feet side to side. The area between the wheels is slightly over 48-inches wide so drivers can easily load a four-foot wide piece of plywood inside. The cargo floor is 87.2-inches long behind the front seats and has an interior roof height of 51.8-inches.
Sixty/forty split cargo doors open up to 180 degrees for easy access to the back. The roof of the ProMaster is prepped for Mopar load rails or roof racks, with a weight capacity just over 150 pounds.
The second row of the passenger van can seat up to three adults. Seats tumble forward in a 60/40 pattern in order to extend the cargo floor.
Ram anticipates an enthusiastic response to its new Class 1 cargo van among florists, caterers, locksmiths, telecommunications, heating and cooling businesses that need a lot of interior space but also require excellent maneuverability. The automaker also expects some passenger versions to appear in taxicab fleets.
Standard safety features include electronic stability control, rearview backup camera and ParkSense audible warning. Convenience features include Bluetooth connectivity, GPS navigation and available Internet connectivity.
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