2015 RAM ProMaster 2500 Overview
- Based on the Fiat Ducato cargo van, sold in Europe
- 5 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty
- Two wheelbase lengths
RAM offers a trio of full-size work vans and the middle child is the 2015 RAM ProMaster 2500.
Slotted between the 1500 and heavy-duty 3500, the 2500 sits on a unibody platform (think crossover instead of SUV) which means that it is front-wheel drive. This gives the ProMaster, which is based on the Fiat Ducato series of cargo vans, a leg up on fuel-economy and cost of ownership.
The ProMaster 2500 is offered in 136- and 159-inch wheelbases and with a high roof only. There are two available trims, a cargo van and a window van (covered separately) which is designed for passengers. 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, folding almost 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 (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 2500 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.