Now that Ram's new full-size commercial van, the ProMaster, is available, Ram Commercial has officially announced it will offer a smaller van platform for the commercial and passenger van segments called the ProMaster City. It will be available for the 2015 model year.
"The Ram ProMaster City further expands the Ram Commercial truck lineup, which includes everything from vans to pickups to Class Four and Five trucks," said Reid Bigland, Ram president and CEO, said in a statement. "As Ram Commercial continues to gain share and grow sales in the market, we will be aggressive in our goal of expanding our commercial vehicle offerings."
Based on the Fiat Doblo, the panel van and "leisure activity vehicle" has been sold since 2000 and offers gas, turbo-diesel, compressed natural gas and electric hybrid powertrains; the vans are sold as two, three-, four- and five-door models worldwide. No information has been released about what powertrains will be available for the U.S. and Canada, but we're guessing at least one gas and diesel four-cylinder engine will suffice, with alternative variants likely soon after its debut. Final decisions on styling and features are being made now.
The ProMaster City will likely replace the Ram Cargo Van, which is a slightly modified version of the Dodge Caravan minivan, which Ram Commercial has used as its entry-level cargo option. The ProMaster City platform will be more configurable, most likely offering long- and short-wheelbase versions to better compete with Ford's Transit Connect and Nissan's NV200.