Ram will offer a fully electric ProMaster commercial van in 2023 in response to consumer demand, Stellantis NV said on Tuesday, making it one of the first electric vehicles offered by the automaker’s U.S. brands.
For now, however, the gasoline-powered ProMaster is getting a refresh of 22 with updates to connectivity, technology, and security. This also includes the next-generation Pentastar V-6 engine, the TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic transmission, the Uconnect 5 infotainment system and a new van configuration that seats three in the second row. The vehicles will be available on dealer lots from the fourth quarter of this year.
“The Ram ProMaster continues to evolve as we listen to and respond to customer feedback, and delivers an unmatched combination of advanced connectivity, interior comfort, refinement and safety features,” said Ram CEO Mike Koval Jr. in a statement. “Ram Commercial continues to focus solely on building the best commercial trucks and vans that allow us to give confidence to the people who work hard every day, no matter what their field of work. “
The next step in its mission will be an all-electric offering as part of Stellantis’ $ 35.5 billion commitment to electric vehicles by 2025. A timeline shared earlier this month did not include an Ram’s all-electric launch in the first half of 2023, suggesting an electric ProMaster could debut in the second half of the year. A Jeep EV is scheduled for early 2023.
But the electric commercial van would be ahead of the fully electric Ram 1500 pickup truck slated for 2024. Ram says a majority of its segments will have EV options by 2025, with all segments covered by 2030. Stellantis already offers commercial vans. electricity in Europe. Ford Motor Co. sells its E-Transit van in the United States
Meanwhile, the gasoline-powered ProMaster gets a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and a nine-speed transmission that delivers 280 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, according to the company. It has up to 6,910 pounds of towing capacity, 4,680 pounds of payload and 463 cubic feet of cargo space. The powertrain offers up to 9% improvement in fuel economy. All models are front-wheel drive.
The ProMaster is available in 18 configurations, including two roof heights, three wheelbases and four vehicle lengths ranging from 8 to 13.5 feet. The new crew van group comes in six different high-roof van models.
The 2022 ProMaster also has the most safety features ever offered on Ram’s full-size commercial van, including standard full-speed forward collision warning, rear backup camera, drowsiness detection, recognition of road signs and keyless entry. Options include Level 2 active driving assistance, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree panoramic view camera and an unobstructed digital rearview mirror.
The Ram telematics on subscription A service is also available, giving fleet managers the ability to track their vehicle, get diagnostic and performance information, and receive live updates.
The vans offer reconfigurable 7- and 10-inch touchscreens with the five times faster Uconnect 5 that offers TomTom navigation in addition to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The instrument panel display is standard at 3.5 inches and available at 7 inches.
Ram sold more than 29,000 ProMaster vans in the first half of 2021 in the United States, an increase of 66% year-over-year.