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The 2015 Ram ProMaster is a full-size van aimed primarily at commercial duty. Closely related to the Fiat Ducato, of which Fiat has sold more than 4.7 million units worldwide, but assembled for the U.S. in Saltillo, Mexico. It serves as a replacement both for the Daimler-based Sprinter vans and the previous, hulking body-on-frame Ram vans that were essentially unchanged for decades.

Although the ProMaster may be somewhat controversial for some fleet buyers in that it’s front-wheel drive, the layout has its advantages according to the company, which points out that having the bulk of its mechanical components ahead of the cargo area should make ‘up-fitting’ for various commercial needs easier in many cases. This model should be more fuel-efficient than either of its predecessors—and have significantly lower ownership costs.

There’s a utilitarian aesthetic to the design of the ProMaster, especially on the outside. It’s essentially a box on wheels, although there’s a sense of identity in front, with the hexagonal crosshair grille and Ram logo. The front bumper is a three-piece design that can easily be replaced in part, if there are minor fender-benders, and the bumper corners include steps for keeping the windshield clean.

You have a choice between a V-6 gasoline engine or a four-cylinder turbo-diesel in the 2015 Ram ProMaster. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, which the Chrysler Group now uses sedans, utility vehicles, and pickups—all in essentially the same form—makes 280 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque and is offered only with a six-speed automatic transmission. It can handle a gross
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Daily Driver: 2015 Ram ProMaster Cargo

Jul 6th 2015

Daily Driver: 2015 Ram ProMaster Cargo



Daily Driver videos are micro-reviews of vehicles in the Autoblog press fleet, reviewed by the staffers who drive them every day. Today's Daily Driver features the 2015 Ram ProMaster Cargo, reviewed by Seyth Miersma.

You can watch the video above or read a transcript .


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