Ram’s US-market commercial vans are getting some updates for the 2019 model year, including some subtle aesthetic changes, and new models and increased capability for the Ram ProMaster. Both it and the ProMaster City also now offer Ram Telematics – a vehicle- and driver-tracking service powered by Verizon Connect, which was unveiled at this year’s Work Truck Show. Ram Telematics allows commercial fleet operators to keep tabs on vehicle location, driver behavior, and vehicle diagnostics, equipping them with the tools they need to improve fleet-wide fuel economy and route efficiency, and making it easier to keep vehicles in the fleet in a proper state of repair.
For 2019, three new Ram ProMaster models are available: the ProMaster 2500 Cargo Van low roof with 136-inch wheelbase, ProMaster 3500 Cargo Van low roof with 136-inch wheelbase, and ProMaster 3500 Cargo Van high roof with 136-inch wheelbase. These three models bring the total number of Ram ProMaster configurations up to 18, and the standard combination of 280-horsepower 3.6L Pentastar V6 and six-speed automatic have been optimized for 2019 to boost towing capacity by 30 percent, up to 6,800 pounds. With that increase in capability, Ram saw fit to introduce a new Trailer-tow equipment group, featuring a Class IV receiver hitch with four- and seven-pin harnesses.
Payload capacity has also been improved on the regular ProMaster, with increases of up to 240 pounds. The ProMaster 1500 now boasts a total of 4,000 pounds of payload capacity, the ProMaster 2500 4,230 pounds, and the ProMaster 3500 a best-in-class 4,680 pounds.
Both the Ram ProMaster and the lighter-duty ProMaster City have been visibly revamped on the outside, gaining redesigned front fascias with “Ram”-branded grilles inspired by the truck line. The regular ProMaster also gains new black bumpers and side panels, with optional black steel wheels. Low-roof models now offer optional steel grates over the side rear windows, while high-roof models gain a polycarbonate side rear window option.
“Ram has taken a larger presence in the commercial vehicle market with the help of our Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City,” says FCA’s Head of Ram Brand, Mike Manley. “Our van offerings answer the key segment demands with class-exclusive features, greater capability and low total cost of ownership.”