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Dodge Ram ProMaster City: American Fiat Doblo

Starting in 2009, Ram engineers started worked on adapting Fiat vans to American needs. The Ram ProMaster, based on the Fiat Ducato, was heavily modified (interior and suspension, mainly, with a more durable chassis and greater payload), and is made in Chrysler’s Satillo (Mexico) plant. ProMaster City will be imported from Turkey, and is being modified to look more like a Ram; an early press release suggested that it would also have an American powerplant.

Doblo van spy shot

Cargo Vans Doblò
Ram ProMaster
Wheelbase Standard Medium
Wheelbase (in.) 102 136
Length 167.5 213
Width 67.8 80
Height 72 89
Max gross weight* 4,233 lb 7,716 lb
Max load* 1,609 lb 3,472 lb
US engines** 2.0 Gasoline?
2.0 Diesel?
3.6 V6, 3.0 I4 (D)

The Doblò, a small, imported van, is likely to be built in Turkey based on past Fiat statements, but the van is built in Brazil as well. In the business plan, there is an 1800 cc Fiat Fam B motor on the chart of technology exchanges; either that motor or the World Gas Engine in a Brazilian van makes more sense than what the professional analysts are saying.

Fiat Doblo cargo vanThe Doblo van was introduced by Fiat in 2001, and was refreshed in 2005 and 2011. The van was confirmed by Chrysler Canada for U.S. and Canadian sale on September 9, 2011.

Minivan models have fold and flip seats; in Europe, four engines are sold, a 95 bhp gasoline model and three diesels with 90 to 135 hp. A dual fuel (gas and methane) is to be added along with another diesel. Stop & Start is optional, shutting down the engine while idle.

The rear suspension is bi-link, calibrated for each model. Stability control, ABS, and hill-holder are standard. Doblo Cargo has sliding side doors and an inner length up to 2.2 meters, width between wheel arches of 1.23 meters, and volume from 3.4 to 4.2 cubic meters (120-148 cubic feet). Combined gas mileage is around 4.8 liters / 100 km with the smallest diesel – around 49 mpg. The range includes short and long wheelbase vans with high roof versions. For Britain, a larger model is also sold; this is likely to be sold in the US, either as the standard model or as an option.

dodge doblo from neneds

The base Doblo van has a wheelbase of 101.8 inches and an overall length of 168 inches. This van has a front transversely mounted engine with front wheel drive, like Chrysler minivans. Fifteen inch wheels and tires are standard in many markets. The Doblo’s suspension uses McPherson struts in the front, while the rear features a solid axle with leaf springs, the same setup found on early generation Chrysler minivans.

Ram Doblo spy shot

In the 2009 business plan, an electric version of the Doblo is shown; an electric version sold in some markets is a conversion by a company called Micro-Vett. The move was made official in March 2011 and again in September 2011: Doblo will be coming to the United States as a Ram.

ram ducato interior

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