All-New 2014 Ram ProMaster Priced, Real Vans Start at $27,525
Ram has announced pricing for its new 2014 ProMaster, a line of work vans based on the front-wheel-drive Fiat Ducato. For $27,025, buyers will get a van with a cab and a cutaway chassis; prices for a complete van start at $27,525. So for just $500 more, consider that a bargain. With the choice of a standard gas engine or an optional diesel, three wheelbases, two roof heights, and four cargo-floor lengths, the ProMaster’s configuration flexibility should help it win fans, even if some buyers might be wary of a FWD full-size carryall.
The standard motor is a 280-hp version of Chrysler’s Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The step-up motor is a turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel four-cylinder good for 174 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque; it operates through a six-speed automated manual gearbox.
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Both engines are available in the full range of ProMaster vans. Wheelbases include 118, 136, or 159 inches; 90- and 101-inch roofs heights are available; and cargo floor lengths of 105, 123, 146, or 160 inches can be spec’d. All-wheel drive is not available.
The $27,525 mentioned above gets you a ProMaster 3500 with a 136-inch wheelbase, the low roof, and the gas V-6. From there, pricing is as follows:
3500 159-inch wheelbase: $27,930
3500 159-inch wheelbase, extended frame: $28,430
1500 118-inch wheelbase, low roof: $29,625
1500 136-inch wheelbase, low roof: $30,515
1500 136-inch wheelbase, high roof: $31,515
2500 136-inch wheelbase, high roof: $32,515
2500 159-inch wheelbase, high roof: $33,870
2500 window-equipped 159-inch wheelbase, high roof: $34,250
3500 159-inch wheelbase, high roof: $36,345
3500 159-inch wheelbase, high roof, extended body: $37,145
The EcoDiesel costs $4000 to add to any of the configurations.
While Ram has not announced fuel economy or any options information, the ProMaster model brings the total of big vans now available to four: the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, the Nissan NV, and the new Ford Transit. Ram is betting that the ProMaster will distinguish itself from the competition with best-in-class features that include cargo capacity, payload, and a low cost of ownership. That’s all well and good, but what will it look like with a Viking battle airbrushed on the side?
By Kirk Seaman