Being much more versatile than a cube van, the Sprinter sold well enough to scavenge sales from the slightly smaller full-size vans and prompt manufacturers such as Nissan to bring over their own European-style full size vans. The combination of falling sales for traditional full-size vans and increasingly strict CAFE fuel-economy standards prompted General Motors to drop its 1500-series Express and Savana vans for 2015 and introduce the Chevrolet City Express to fill the
Now Ram, which joined the fray for the 2014 model year with a full-size commercial panel van dubbed ProMaster, will soon bring a reworked version of the awarding-winning compact Fiat Doblò commercial van to North American shores for 2015. With its front-wheel drive layout, nine-speed automatic transmission and 2.4-litre four-cylinder Tigershark engine developing 178 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque, the ProMaster City will offer a fuel-efficient alternative to the bigger ProMaster.
The ProMaster City will be offered in two-seat Tradesman cargo van and five-seat passenger
Functional touches include a 48.4-inch width between the rear wheels to allow common-dimension building materials and pallets to be easily loaded even if they are stacked unevenly, are loaded slightly crookedly or are a touch over nominal dimensions. At the back, 60/40 split swinging rear doors make curbside unloading easier, and the doors can be opened past their normal 90-degree swing at the touch of a button, which allows 180-degree opening.
Outside, high bumpers protect the lighting systems and paintwork against the inevitable bumps and scrapes of the working environment, while smooth bodylines present a professional appearance. Inside, the ProMaster has been designed to provide a comfortable and ergonomic work environment, with UConnect, Bluetooth
The 2015 Ram ProMaster City will be assembled at Fiat-Chrysler’s Tofas plant in Bursa, Turkey alongside the European-spec Fiat Doblò. The optional cargo van configuration is upfitted at The Chrysler Group Transformation Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
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