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OT - any chance of a 3-row ProMaster City?

Discussion in 'Vans' started by sixto, Jul 22, 2015.

  1. sixto

    sixto Active Member

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    I saw a ProMaster City electrician van today. The side panels look scalloped for windows but the website shows seating for 5 max and there's no full window van option. Anyone know of a 3-row version in the works like the LWB Transit Connect?

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  2. PCRMike

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    I figure it will either come with time, or will not due to cannibalizing minivan sales.
     
  3. Stratuscaster

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    Likely it will depend more on how sales of the 3-row/7-passenger Transit Connect does.
     
  4. JavelinAMX

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    After the dust settles, I'd like to see the direction of the new Minivan. Perhaps the Doblo/PMC could be massaged into a nice niche enabling it to have enough of a foot in the people-mover market to plump sales; while yet hitting its stride as TransitConnect business-world competition. I'm intrigued by what can come of the Italio-American Doblo. My usual song about a decent Diesel goes here



    .... or is it better over here?
     
  5. PCRMike

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    Looks better down here. More stand-out.
     
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  6. ImperialCrown

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    I think that I've only ever seen 2 or 3 Sprinter window passenger vans over the years. I have seen the Sprinter RVs were mildly successful (these weren't window vans).
    ProMaster and (probably) Doblo will mostly be purposed and marketed by Ram Commercial as cargo/work trucks/forward sections. It may not be good to 'blur the lines' by having an available Ram Commercial passenger vehicle, or would it be called a Dodge?
    In outfitting a truck for passenger carriage, so many more crash/rollover safety standards have to be met that would add weight and complexity that it may not be worth it. It could also reclassify the emissions certification being a passenger vehicle than a cargo vehicle that could make things more difficult. It isn't just a matter of adding seats, seat belts, carpeting, trim panels and windows.
    2nd and 3rd row seats in a passenger minivan whose primary design mission is to carry passengers in comfort and safety would be a better solution IMHO.
     
  7. Stratuscaster

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    They do offer the Promaster City Wagon with 5-passenger seating and windows. Transit Connect Wagon is offered both in 5 and 7-passenger versions. Of course, Ford doesn't already have a minivan, so it makes sense.

    A $19995 PMC Wagon would be a nice lineup replacement for the soon-to-be departed Grand Caravan AVP/CVP.
     
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  8. JavelinAMX

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    I think I know the answer even before I pose the question.

    But I'm wondering if the Qubo could be put through the same Ram wringers and come out the other end with a PMCity Lite sort of thing (with a real name, though)? In Europe, yeah, they have a market space for such things as the Fiorino ... http://www.fiatprofessional.com/com/Models/Fiorino_Combi

    If given some NAFTA treatment as what occurred with the Doblo-cum-PMCity would there be a market here, in the States, in a similar way as how it plays in Italy/Europe? (High Roof, a bit extended wheelbase and ruggedized for the span of climates, elevations and roadways found in USA/Canada).
     
  9. dana44

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    I imagine if there is room, you could buy an extra seat and bolt it down.
     
  10. voiceofstl

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    $19,995....I think is wishfull thinking. I belive the standard Pro master city more expensive then a AVP G Caravan and with all the stuff that comes with a G caravan you can't even compare the 2.
     
  11. Stratuscaster

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    I'm not suggesting that a $19995 PMC have equal equipment to a Grand Caravan. It would indeed need to be "built to a price."

    Those calling for the importance of an AVP/CVP price point would then have an option.
     
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