2015 Ram ProMaster City Wagon Is A City Delivery Specialist
Searching for a perfect small van has never been so tough. The offerings are so wide and the range of delivery vans is truly breathtaking. Even the US buyers have better chances than ever before and, even more curiously, they are starting to realize the prospects of having a small fuel efficient city roamer like those the Europeans love. So much so in fact that many of small vans sold there are just rebadged versions of European designed and built Vans.
This is also the case with the 2015 Ram ProMaster City Wagon. It is produced in Turkey, imported to the US as a passenger car with seats and even has all the Euro stuff inside. So, why a passenger car import then?
The so-called Chicken Tax cripples importers when it comes to importing commercial Vans to the States. The tax adds up 25 percent on the overall piece which makes all the imported cars absolutely uncompetitive in pricing terms. That is why Ram imports more or less rebadged versions of the passenger Fiat Doblo, strips it of its “passenger” features at the Chrysler group Transformation Center and sells it as a commercial Van.
These vans are actually quite good at what they do. Rigged with a 2.4 L Tigershark engine with 178 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque, the Ram ProMaster is one of the most powerful small Vans on the market.
The most powerful engine goes hand to hand with the biggest cargo capacity in the class. The 2015 Ram ProMaster City is able to eat up to 131.7 cubic feet of anything. Maximum payload capacity is also at segment leading 1.883 lbs.
Truly, Fiat did wonders to make the ProMaster the leader in the segment in basically any measurable way. Even the fuel efficiency did not suffer a lot at more than 24 mpg in the city. However, we are not quite sure how that will translate to the real world considering all the power and the possible maximum allowed weight.
What we do know for a fact is that the magnificent engine we saw in many other FCA cars can propel the ProMaster City to 60 mph in 9.8 seconds. Not a sports car territory of course, but more than good enough if we take into account what its main competitors can do.
Finally, the buyers (actually the drivers) will enjoy rather nice equipment packages with all the necessary items included even into the entry level machine. This means that advanced infotainment system is available, the air con it definitely a must-have as well as the electronic package. With such a nice package even lower-end trim is decently equipped. Moving up the range, the ProMaster City Wagon can have almost small car-like luxury inside including many specialty features designed to enhance vast space inside.
All in all, 2015 Ram ProMaster City Wagon is as close to city delivery champion as it gets and it shows.