Chicago 2013: 2014 Ram ProMaster (aka Fiat Ducato)

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    Chicago 2013: 2014 Ram ProMaster (aka Fiat Ducato)

    2014 Ram Promaster reporting for duty
    By Jeffrey N. Ross
    Feb 7th 2013
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    We already knew Chrysler would be getting its own version of the Fiat Ducato for use as the 2014 Ram Promaster, but it was just a question of when and what changes would be made. Well now we know. Though far from conventional-looking, the new Promaster should give Chrysler a fullsize van that is more competitive than the old Ram Van and more affordable than the Mercedes-based Dodge Sprinter.

    Chrysler says it made numerous changes to transform the Ducato into the US-friendly Promaster, and the biggest changes were made to the powertrains. Standard equipment on the Promaster 1500 is the widespread 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 rated at 280 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque paired, which, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, offers a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 11,500 pounds. Other models will get the 3.0-liter diesel inline four-cylinder producing 174 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, giving this version a GCWR of 12,500 pounds, and this engine is mated to a six-speed automated manual transmission.

    Not your typical recipe for commercial vehicles, the Promaster will have a unibody construction with a front-wheel-drive layout, but it will deliver 13 different configurations, including two roof heights, three wheelbases and four body lengths, and the choices of cargo, chassis cab and cutaway body styles. There was no mention of a passenger version of the Promaster, but we could see that coming down the road.

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    Re: Chicago 2013: 2014 Ram ProMaster (aka Fiat Ducato)

    This is already a 7 year old vehicle, so these upgrades better be good.
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    Re: Chicago 2013: 2014 Ram ProMaster (aka Fiat Ducato)

    i really didnt think the 3.6 would fit in this thing.

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    Re: Chicago 2013: 2014 Ram ProMaster (aka Fiat Ducato)

    I know vans are not meant to win beauty contests, but this thing is HIDEOUS. Kinda reminds me of the old Pontiac TransSport, and not in a good way!

    It makes the Nissan NV look quite attractive by comparison.
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    Re: Chicago 2013: 2014 Ram ProMaster (aka Fiat Ducato)

    Quote Originally Posted by vanshmack View Post
    I know vans are not meant to win beauty contests, but this thing is HIDEOUS. Kinda reminds me of the old Pontiac TransSport, and not in a good way!

    It makes the Nissan NV look quite attractive by comparison.
    There's actually a functional reason for the jutting front bumper and the headlamps above it: the headlamps are less likely to break in a collision

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    Re: Chicago 2013: 2014 Ram ProMaster (aka Fiat Ducato)

    I saw a bunch of these testing on I-94 a couple weeks ago, and months previous too. I figured this was what we had to expect for Ram. Not the most beautiful puppy of the pack, but it isn't meant to be a fashion statement.
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    Re: Chicago 2013: 2014 Ram ProMaster (aka Fiat Ducato)

    Hopefully this is better than the Sprinter. Every Sprinter I see on the roads is a rusted out POS. Really, every time I see I think how inferior that is compared to Ram trucks. Not that I am endorsing Ram, but the Sprinter was very poor IMHO.
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    Re: Chicago 2013: 2014 Ram ProMaster (aka Fiat Ducato)

    Quote Originally Posted by ausrutherford View Post
    This is already a 7 year old vehicle, so these upgrades better be good.
    How much do vans really change? Other than power trains and creature features like tie downs it's still probly fairly current in the work segment. The fact that it's unibody makes it a little unique though.

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    Re: Chicago 2013: 2014 Ram ProMaster (aka Fiat Ducato)

    Quote Originally Posted by spd98 View Post
    How much do vans really change? Other than power trains and creature features like tie downs it's still probly fairly current in the work segment. The fact that it's unibody makes it a little unique though.
    Transit, Transit Connect, and Sprinter are unibody
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    Re: Chicago 2013: 2014 Ram ProMaster (aka Fiat Ducato)

    Quote Originally Posted by ausrutherford View Post
    This is already a 7 year old vehicle, so these upgrades better be good.
    Agreed, but then again, I don't see age being a hugely critical factor in this segment. The Express and Savana are older than that and they still sell in fair numbers.

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    Re: Chicago 2013: 2014 Ram ProMaster (aka Fiat Ducato)

    its ugly but the again so is just about every other commercial vehicle i've driven my fair share of sprinters so hopefully this new promaster will be a suitable replacement
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    Re: Chicago 2013: 2014 Ram ProMaster (aka Fiat Ducato)

    mated to a six-speed automated manual transmission.
    Kinda like the one no one likes in the Smart cars?

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    Re: Chicago 2013: 2014 Ram ProMaster (aka Fiat Ducato)

    GM should stick with modernizing their traditional full size van and wipe the competitors from the map. These warmed over European vans are going to hurt the automakers long term. This "RAM" in particular with FWD is weak.
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    Re: Chicago 2013: 2014 Ram ProMaster (aka Fiat Ducato)

    The diesel engine option is interesting.
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    Re: Chicago 2013: 2014 Ram ProMaster (aka Fiat Ducato)

    Quote Originally Posted by skylark68 View Post
    This "RAM" in particular with FWD is weak.
    Will Quigley offer a 4wd version?
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