2015 RAM ProMaster 1500 Overview
- Based on the Fiat Ducato cargo van, sold in Europe
- RAM claims best-in-class fuel economy
- 5 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty
The 2015 RAM ProMaster 1500 is part of a series of RAM cargo vans that also includes the ProMaster 2500 and ProMaster 3500.
The ProMaster lineup is a product of RAM’s relationship with Fiat, where these vans are sold in Europe under the Ducato name. Underpinning the ProMaster lineup is a unibody platform (think crossover instead of SUV) that gives it a unique feel versus the competition which uses a body-on-frame design. This front-wheel drive architecture helps to give the ProMaster a leg up on fuel-economy and cost of ownership.
The ProMaster 1500 is offered in both 118 and 136-inch wheelbases and with a low roof or a high roof (the high roof is only offered with the longer wheelbase). ProMaster models have a unique look to them, carrying over some of the Ducato’s distinctive design cues like a plastic lower front fascia that dips very low, almost where you’d expect the bumper to be. The rear doors open 260-degrees, almost folding flat to the sides of the van for easier access and loading.
There are two engine options, Chrysler’s durable and powerful Pentastar V-6 and a four-cylinder EcoDiesel for added efficiency. The 280-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 makes 260 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Also available is a 174-hp, 3.0-liter four-cylinder EcoDiesel that gets its own six-speed automated manual gearbox and offers even more fuel efficiency, along with the great torque numbers (295 pounds-feet) diesels are known for. The diesel engine also offers a longer-than normal oil-change schedule (every 18,500 miles) for an even lower cost of ownership.
Inside, the ProMaster 1500 comes with a threadbare interior but can also easily be added to, offering options like Uconnect infotainment, navigation, and heated front seats. The cargo area was designed with function in mind, offering nearly vertical walls and up to 12 tie-down rings which fold into the floor and are each rated at 1,000 pounds.