2014 Ram ProMaster 1500 Low Roof 136 WB FWD 3-Dr Cargo V6 Overview
2014 Ram ProMaster Overview
The 2014 Ram ProMaster is a rebadged version of the popular Fiat Ducato large van, which was introduced in 1981 and quickly became one of the most popular motorhome bases in Europe. Over 2.4 million units have been sold since the Ducato’s launch, but it makes its way to American shores only now. Since Chrysler declared bankruptcy in 2009, it has not offered large vans in the country. The ProMaster is the first one to be offered by the company since its acquisition by Fiat post bankruptcy. It was introduced by Chrysler’s Ram Commercial Trucks in 2013 at the Chicago Auto Show.
The ProMaster is based on the Ducato and there is no hiding from the connection. However, the ProMaster distinguishes itself from its European counterpart in some ways. For one, it offers a gasoline engine; the Ducato is only available with diesel powertrains. Secondly, the van comes with Chrsyler’s own automatic transmission. While a passenger version was expected, the Chicago Auto Show event only saw the cargo version introduced.
New for 2012
The 2014 Ram ProMaster makes its debut as an all-new model and Chrysler’s first large van since 2009.
As mentioned earlier, the 2014 Ram ProMaster shares several similarities with the Ducato. These similarities include its exterior design. Still, Chrysler has managed to add its own elements. The front fascia has the same headlight and bumper design of the Ducato, but it comprises Chrysler’s signature crosshair grille. The exterior design of the van may appeal to some people, but the primary intention behind this design was function and not looks. The large bumpers, for instance, are designed for modular repair after minor accidents. This focus on functionality is exactly what is needed, considering that the ProMaster is a heavy-duty mule meant for everyday hauling.
The work-focused 2014 Ram ProMaster has a low step-in height for easier entry and exit, a tall and imposing cargo ceiling for more space, and considerably low cost of ownership thanks to the cheap parts used. The van is available in three wheelbases (118, 136, and 159 inches) and two heights (90 and 101 inches). The cargo floor is available in four lengths: 105, 123, 146, and 160 inches. Irrespective of the size, height, or cargo length, the ProMaster uses a uni-body design with an integrated sub-frame.
Interior & Cargo
In keeping with the workhorse nature of the 2014 Ram ProMaster, its interior is also quite basic. The features are few and in between, but the cabin does not look too cheap either. The plastics, although hard, feel solid and durable. The seats are comfortable too, and the available cargo space can go up to 530 cubic feet with the 160-inch cargo bed. The floor finish can be rubber-coated steel, painted steel or resin-finished wood. The sidewalls can be composite finished or painted. The cab and cargo space can be separated with an optional windowed partition.
Thankfully, Chrysler added its efficient UConnect system rather than the Fiat stereo controls. The UConnect integrates phone, navigation, and audio controls in a single system. However, instead of an 8.4-inch screen the ProMaster has a five-inch touchscreen.
The 2014 Ram ProMaster comes with six airbags, including dual front airbags, side curtain airbags, and seat-mounted side airbags. Other safety features include hill start assist, electronic stability and traction control, trailer sway control, and park view rear backup camera.
The ProMaster is fitted with a 3.6-liter, Pentastar, V-6 engine that delivers 283 horsepower and 6400 rpm and 260 lb-ft of torque at 4400 rpm. The engine is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission and power is delivered to the front wheels. The van can be configured with five suspension levels, but there is hardly anything exotic in display here. The front wheels are fitted with a tubular beam axle setup and the rear wheels have a Hotchkiss leaf-spring system.
Neither speed nor handling is the hallmarks of the 2014 Ram ProMaster. Instead, the van offers an inexpensive and problem-free driving experience. The engine is powerful enough to toll up to 5145 pounds of cargo. The gross combined weight rating can go up to 11,500 pounds with the V-6 engine. According to Chrysler, the 2014 Ram ProMaster tops the class in terms of ceiling height, low load floor, step-in height, cargo capacity, and fuel economy. After looking at the van, it does not seem so unbelievable that it offers so many advantages.
The van has been designed for those who want versatility and cargo-carrying ability over everything else, including looks and performance. The cargo bed of the ProMaster even comes with 17 tie-down rings, each of which is rated to support 1000 pounds. The dampers under the van help distribute cargo load evenly and keep the 21-inch step-in height unchanged without sacrificing cargo capacity. While the driving experience is far from relaxing, the variable assist capability of the van helps reduce driver fatigue.
Key Competitors of the 2014 Ram ProMaster
- Ford E-Series
- Mercedes Benz Sprinter
- Nissan NV 2500
The 2014 Ram ProMaster has 8 models that range from $29,520 - $29,520. The 2014 ProMaster is a minivan/van with front wheel drive that gets between 13 mpg (city) - 18 mpg (highway) fuel efficiency using a 3.6L V6 engine. The 2014 Ram ProMaster has a seating capacity of 2/2, wheelbase is 136.0 inches, cargo capacity of N/R cu.ft., and ground clearance of N/R inches. Choose one of the trims like the 2014 1500 Low Roof 136 WB FWD 3-Dr Cargo V6 to get specific details on prices, rebates, and warranties.