Ram has named its new full-size van and confirmed that it will arrive in the in the U.S. market in the third quarter of 2013. The new van has been dubbed Ram ProMaster and will debut as a 2014 model.
Rather than a conventional van like Dodge Ram Van that was discontinued in TK, the new ProMaster will be a tall van, based on the Fiat Ducato van, and more like the Mercedes-Benz-based Dodge Sprinter cargo van that M-B took with them when DaimlerChrysler was scuttled.
The European version of the Fiat Ducato has load capacities ranging from 2,200 to 4,400 lbs and a choice of 3 different wheelbases, 4 compartment lengths, 3 heights and 8 payloads “for a total of more than 2,000 possible configurations.” It’s the largest vehicle in the Fiat Professional line of trucks.
Which of those configurations will be available in North America is yet to be announced, though the Ram ProMaster will be “redesigned with familiar Ram Truck styling cues.” Competitors in the market will be other full-size commercial vans, including the Ford Transit Connect and the Nissan NV series, as well as the conventional Chevrolet Express Cargo Van.
The new 2014 Ram ProMaster will not duplicate engines available in Europe, however, where the Ducato is available with a range of 2.3-liter gas engine and a 3.0-liter diesel, only that “features and powertrains preferred by North American commercial customers.”