Trucks are hot sellers these days, with many cities like Denver, Detroit and Seattle experiencing building booms. But trucks aren’t the answer for everyone. Some business owners need to be able to haul cargo and be able to secure it. That is why Ram is beefing up its 2019 ProMaster van and making it better looking. Cargo vans aren’t sexy but they are important pieces in the business puzzle.
Ram is promising that the 2019 Ram ProMaster will be able to carry more payload and also tow more weight, two key factors for commercial van owners.
Ram is also updating the design of the 2019 ProMaster and the ProMaster City vans, making them look more like their Ram pickup brothers. Both vans will now sport the same Ram grille as the pickups.
Mike Manley, who heads the Ram brand for Fiat-Chrysler says in a statement, “Ram has taken a larger presence in the commercial vehicle market with the help of our Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City. Our van offerings answer the key segment demands with class-exclusive features, greater capability and low total cost of ownership.”
More Cargo Room
The Ram ProMaster is increasing the payload, as much as 240 lbs, on some of the vans, to a maximum of 4,680. That would give the ProMaster the highest payload of any Class 2 cargo van on the market. The Ram ProMaster claims to have the highest available standard payload in the segment in all three van classes.
• ProMaster 1500 – 4,000 pounds
• ProMaster 2500 – 4,230 pounds
• ProMaster 3500 – 4,680 pounds – Best-in-Class
More Towing Capacity
Ram also claims that the full-size 2019 will have a 30 percent increase in towing capacity—up to 6,800 lbs.
The 2019 Ram ProMaster and the Ram ProMaster City can also be equipped with special technology to help commercial businesses handle its fleets.
Ram Telematics, powered by Verizon Connect, allows owners to track vehicles and monitor driver behavior, like speeding, to help save money on fuel, improve route efficiency and promote safe driving. Additionally, the new system offers real-time vehicle diagnostics and performance data, so fleet managers can determine when vehicles need servicing.
Ram says the 2019 ProMaster is adding three new models to give customers more options for finding the perfect vehicle to fit the job.
• ProMaster 2500 Cargo Van 136-inch wheelbase low roof
• ProMaster 3500 Cargo Van 136-inch wheelbase low roof
• ProMaster 3500 Cargo Van 136-inch wheelbase high roof
Ram says that the new ProMaster van and ProMaster City small van will be up-fitter friendly allowing businesses to easily configure their vans to optimize space and suit their business needs.
The 2019 Ram ProMaster has a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine which puts out 280 horsepower. It is available in 18 configurations. It is front-wheel drive. The 2019 Ram ProMaster starts at $30,195 and goes up depending on the size and trim. It is built in Mexico.
The 2019 ProMaster City is the ProMaster’s smaller version. The Class 1 van is available in both a two-seat and five-seat configuration. It can handle a payload of 1,885 pounds. The 2019ProMaster City starts at $24,195 and goes up, depending on the configuration. It is built in Turkey.
You can check out the 2019 Ram ProMaster’s fuel economy at www.fueleconomy.gov.