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Revealed: ProMaster City prices, specs

by David Zatz on

The Ram ProMaster City van will go on sale soon, starting at $24,125 (including destination) — which as Bill Cawthon wrote, is higher than the entry level for small commercial vans, but close to vans with comparable size and features.

ProMaster City

The ProMaster City has been rated at 21 mpg city, 29 mpg highway (the latter, best in class), and 24 mpg combined. It has a 178 horsepower four-cylinder with 174 lb-ft of torque, again best-in-class, matched to a segment-first nine-speed automatic.

The van is rated for a best-in-class 1,883 pounds of payload, and  2,000 pounds of towing capacity. It has 132 cubic feet of cargo volume, and 48.4 inches between the wheel wells, ever so slightly more than competitors, for ease of moving plywood or other large objects.

The ProMaster City is the largest in a series of new-to-America small vans, and is priced accordingly, matching the not-quite-as-large long-wheelbase Transit Connect to the dollar. It has the most powerful engine and highest weight capacities.

With the 2.4-liter Tigershark and exclusive 9-speed automatic transmission, the 2015 Ram ProMaster City delivers EPA fuel economy of 21 MPG city, 29 MPG highway and 24 MPG combined. The ProMaster City also offers an unsurpassed 2,000 pounds of towing capacity.

60/40 split rear doors are set up so the larger door swings open toward the traffic (driver) side of the van, making it easy to quickly access larger cargo items and not block the path to the curb from the van.

The five-passenger Ram ProMaster City Wagon has a three-passenger second row and 60/40 split second row, capable of folding and tumbling forward.

Build in Turkey, the ProMaster City is based on the Fiat Doblò. The cargo van setup is upfitted at the Chrysler Group Transformation Center in Baltimore, Maryland, which, among other operations, takes out the seats and ships them back to Turkey.

Bill Cawthon provided this competitive comparison. Vans in this class have standard antilock brakes and an automatic transmission or CVT. All use a four cylinder engine — 2.4 liter for Chrysler, 2.5 for Ford, and 2.0 for Chevrolet/Nissan. Best in class specs are bolded.

Ram ProMaster City Ford Transit Connect LWB Ford Transit Connect SWB Chevrolet City Express Nissan NV200
Horsepower 178 169 169 131 131
Torque, lb. ft. 174 171 171 139 139
EPA City/Hwy mpg 21/29 20/28 21/29 24/26 24/26
Combined mpg 24 23 24 25 25
Transmission 9-Speed 6-Speed 6-Speed CVT CVT
Brakes Disc/Drum Disc Disc Disc/Drum Disc/Drum
Cargo space, cu. ft. 131.7 128.6 103.9 122.7 122.7
Payload, lbs 1,883 1,620 1,620 1,480 1,480
Wheelbase 122.0 120.6 104.8 115.2 115.2
Price (w/dest.) $24,125 $24,125 $23,125 $22,990 $21,605

Pricing for each individual model was again compared by Bill Cawthon against key competitors. We’ve sorted it out by model:

Comparable Vans Setup Cubic Feet Price, Including Destination
Ram ProMaster City Tradesman Cargo 132 $24,125
Ford Transit Connect XL, long wheelbase 129 $24,125
Ford Transit Connect XL, short wheelbase 104 $23,125
Nissan NV200 S Cargo 123 $21,605
Chevrolet City Express LS 123 $22,950
Ram ProMaster City Tradesman SLT Cargo  132 $25,650
Ford Transit Connect XLT, long wheelbase 129 $25,660
Ford Transit Connect XLT, SWB 104 $24,660
Nissan NV200 SV Cargo 123 $22,595
Chevrolet City Express LT 123 $24,510
Ram ProMaster City Wagon $25,125
Ford Transit Connect XL Wagon $26,125
Nissan NV200 Taxi $30,585
Ram ProMaster City SLT wagon $26,650
Ford Transit Connect XLT Wagon $25,660
Ford Transit Connect Titanium Wagon $30,125

Commercial buyers can use the free BusinessLink program, which provides specialized personnel, extended service and repair hours, priority next-available-bay service, free shuttle and towing service, loaners for select vehicles, and special financing arrangements. BusinessLink can be reached at  (877) 2-THE-LINK.

See more photos and information on our Ram ProMaster City page.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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