The Chrysler Group minivans have been the top of the class since the company essentially invented the minivan in the 1980s with the first Dodge Caravan but unlike the family trucksters that are offered by Dodge and Chrysler, the Ram C/V is built to work. The Ram C/V (Cargo Van) is far more than just a rebadged version of the current production Chrysler Town & Country or Dodge Grand Caravan – although the new Ram minivan benefits from over 25 years of gradual improvement to these vehicles.
From the outside, the Ram C/V may not look that different from the Dodge and Chrysler derivatives shy of the optional metal rear panels that replace the rear-side and rear liftgate glass (as shown in the image on the right). The Ram C/V does get its own unique taillights that are more similar to what we have seen on other Ram brand products along with unique badging. Also, the stance of the new Ram brand minivan differs from that seen on the Dodge and Chrysler models thanks to the heavy duty suspension setup.
In addition to the work-rated suspension package, the 2012 Ram C/V features a variety of items that improve the capabilities of this compact van, including an enhanced engine and transmission cooling system along with a model-specific power steering system designed to handle the added abuse of a work vehicle. Combined with the 3.6L Pentastar V6 that provides 283 horsepower, the Ram C/V is capable of hauling 1,800lbs while towing an impressive 3,600lbs. Inside, a solid flat metal floor makes loading and unloading easy and for those who want more storage space and less loading ease, Ram offers different floor designs that include stow-n-go type in-floor storage.
Chrysler expects the new 2012 Ram C/V to battle with the likes of the Ford Transit Connect, with similar interior cargo space for the small business owner but with the far more powerful engine, the Ram minivan offers towing like no other small van on the market. Check out the gallery for a closer look at the 2012 Ram C/V, expected to hit showrooms later this year!
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