New 2015 RAM ProMaster City ST Cargo Van Listowel, Stratford, Goderich, Owen Sound, London and Orangeville, Ontario

2015 RAM ProMaster CityST Cargo Van

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CITY

11.2

Litres / 100 Kms
HWY

8.1

With its emphasis on economy, space, and features such as integrated cargo tie-downs...
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Expressly designed for commercial use the 2015 RAM ProMaster City is an all-new compact commercial van available in both cargo and wagon models.

Developed from the popular Fiat Doblo the front-wheel drive ProMaster City has been improved and adapted for North American conditions. It includes a 178-hp 2.4-liter inline-4 engine which is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The ProMaster City includes sliding rear doors on each side and swing-out doors in the rear. Available as either a two-seat cargo van or five-seat wagon it is fitted out with durable cloth trim, a low flat floor and more interior capacity than its competitors. Safety features include seven airbags and electronic stability control as well as available Uconnect, ParkView backup camera, and ParkSense parking sensors. Available features also include a five-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, and navigation.

The ProMaster City is all-new for 2015.

Introduction

The 2015 Ram ProMaster City is a new compact van.It comes as a ProMaster City Tradesman cargo van with or without cargo partition, or a five-seat ProMaster City Wagon with lots of space behind the seats.If you want a three-row van or a leather interior and other luxuries, your Ram dealer should direct you to Chrysler's Town & Country.

A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine provides motivation, aided by a nine-speed automatic that makes ProMaster feel quick from the get-go yet yields reasonable highway fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 21/29 mpg.We found the combination provides adequate power and smooth operation.

The driving position is similar to that of a sedan, the controls simple to understand and operate, and interior storage options well varied.Visibility is what you'd expect, with huge front windows and fairly good aft windows on Wagons.If you won't have shelves and racks covering them, get the side and rear windows on the Cargo van for better visibility.

ProMaster City drives surprisingly well, aided by steering with good feel, independent rear suspension that deals with rough roads better than competitors, and a relatively refined nature for a cargo van little more than a large empty metal can.It's not silent, but we could converse with rear-seat passengers at speed, and it doesn't turn very tight, requiring 42 feet of roadway for a U-turn.

ProMaster City is rated to cart around 5,900 pounds of van, people, cargo and trailer, and the four-cylinder does that as well as six-cylinder pickups dealing with 10,000 pounds.Driving fully loaded will ding fuel economy, but not as much as with cargo piled up in an open pickup bed where aerodynamic drag and weight are key factors.

By volume, a Tradesman cargo van carries more than 130 cubic feet and by weight up to 1883 pounds of personnel and materiel; top tow rating is 2,000 pounds.A solid partition to separate occupants and cargo is available, with or without a window.The passenger Wagon version carries approximately 200 pounds less because of greater standard insulation, added rear seat and more glass.That ability to carry weight compares favorably with many mid-size and some full-size sport utilities.

The ProMaster City Wagon offers room for five adults, with good legroom and headroom only one luxury SUV approaches.The rear seats is divided equally in thirds, and sliding side doors on all versions make access easy even if something is parked next to you, loading toddlers into car seats for example.

Wagon cargo space also mirrors many large SUVs, with a nearly four-foot square flat floor area that extends upward more than four feet because the sides and rear doors don't taper inward.It's also a good place to roll in wheeled vehicles or have dogs jump in because the load deck is less than two feet off the ground.

With its working background ProMaster City will not replace a luxury cute-ute.However, they all come with comfortable cloth upholstery, air conditioning, a few clearly labeled personal electronic inputs, power door locks and front windows and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel.Noteworthy upgrades include navigation, rear park sensors and camera, UConnect Web access, heated front seats and power, heated folding mirrors.

ProMaster City is functional more than stylish, less expensive rather than feature-laden.Its principal challengers are the Nissan NV200 and Chevrolet City Express that are less powerful and smaller but less expensive, and the Ford Transit Connect which offers more variety is size, an alternate engine choice in the cargo van, and three-row seating with leather in the top trim, but that base price is above ProMaster City's optioned tariff.

Lineup

The ProMaster City comes in two-seat Tradesman Cargo Van and five-seat Wagon models, each in ST or SLT trim levels.All ProMaster City come with a 2.4-liter engine, 9-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

Tradesman ($23,130) comes with cloth upholstery, air conditioning, power door locks and front windows, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, 16-inch steel wheels, manual low-back seats, 60/40 rear door and AM/FM UConnect media hub with USB and auxiliary input.Options include most of the SLT upgrades below, a cargo area partition without ($305) or with ($305) a window, rear door glass, sliding door vented glass and all option groups except fog lights/alloy wheels and Popular Equipment with heated front seats, power second-row windows, six-speaker audio.Adding the UConnect 5.0 touchscreen also brings a leather wrapped steering wheel.

The Wagon ($24,130) version adds a 60/40 split fold/tumble seat, rear and sliding door deep-tint glass, additional insulation and two-row side curtain airbags.

Tradesman SLT ($24,655) and Wagon SLT ($25,655) add body-color bumpers, upgraded cloth upholstery, driver lumbar adjustment, power heated folding outside mirrors, full wheel covers, cruise control, leather wrapped steering wheel and UConnect 5.0 touchscreen with Bluetooth.Options include UConnect 5.0 navigation ($860), fog lights and alloy wheels ($495), rear wipe/wash/defrost ($250), popular equipment group ($495), trailer tow pack ($435), roof rails and cross bars ($455), rearview camera and park sensors ($495), Mopar vehicle tracking ($540) and UConnect Web ($635).

Safety equipment includes front, front-side, driver-knee and side-curtain airbags for all seats, tire-pressure monitors, electronic stability with trailer sway control, antilock brakes with brake assist and hill-start assist.The primary safety option is the rear camera/park sensors package.

Walkaround

ProMaster City is a sharp edged box with rounded nose, typical of vehicles where function drives design.Most cargo is angular so the working part is very close to box like, and taller than it is wide, while the front is designed for aerodynamics, visibility and serviced-ability.

The hood is low for a 6-foot-plus high vehicle, in profile appearing much like the steel-toe of a work boot.Painted bumpers of the SLT versions improve visual appeal considerably, while the standard pieces won't show scuffs from close calls and errant delivery trolleys as easily.

At the back, offset 60/40 barn doors open easily with a vertical handle like the side doors.The wider door is driver side so there's some cargo area access without standing toward traffic, and better access in tight confines.Vertical tail lights are located high where they are better protected from impact and provide good situational awareness.

Cargo vans come with closed panel doors but may be optioned with glass like the Wagons use.A rear wipe/wash/defrost package is optional and wipes the left window, defrosts both, and all doors open to 90 degrees, or by a simple manual release, to 180 degrees for walk-up loading from a platform.A rear camera and parking sensors enable you to back within millimeters of any wall or platform.

Front windows begin low like the hood and taper up rearward, as does the character line that defines rear side door windows.Those doors are 26 inches wide and 46 inches high, allowing easy access to cargo or the three-person bench seat, and you can open them fully even if parked within a foot of an adjacent vehicle or wall.Doors slide rearward and use a positive latch stop so you must press a release button to close them; a steep hill or gently nudge will not accidentally close them.The step-in height is less than 19 inches, lower than many crossovers and SUVs.

Wagons have side windows with pop-out ventilation, and Cargo vans may be fitted with side door windows.All PM City are prepared for an optional roof rack, rated for 154-pound roof load.

Interior

ProMaster City's interior is simple, easy to operate and neither austere nor shows any signs of luxury.By intended mission, Wagon is nicer than Tradesman and SLT makes either more car-like.

Cloth seats are easy to slide in and out of, though we can't speak to comfort if you empty the fuel tank in one trip.The driving position is more car-like than van, so you'll feel more like you're in a big Dodge Dart or Transit Connect than a Nissan NV200, Chevy City Express or the full-size Ram ProMaster.Legroom is good in both rows, although your correspondent's 75-inch frame felt about the limit ahead of the Tradesman available cargo partition wall, and headroom exceeds anything except some other vans.

The Wagon's 60/40-split rear bench is contoured as three equal seats, and with nearly five feet of hip room we'd have to consider it a strong contender if you deal with three child seats regularly.The seat is higher than the front affording rear passengers a better view than average, and it folds and tumbles forward to increase cargo area.

Cargo area on the Wagon is 45 inches long behind rear seats in use, nearly 69 if they're tumbled forward, while width and height approximate four feet.The rear-door opening is more than four feet square, the load deck 21.5 inches so your big dogs will hop right in and capacity approaches 75 cubic feet.A Wagon can carry close to 1700 pounds, eclipsing most mid-size and some full-size wagons, crossovers and SUVs.

Although the ProMaster City is approximately the size of the long-wheelbase Transit Connect there is no third-row seat option at this time.

Tradesman cargo area is 131.7 cubic feet, the longest piece 87 inches long and height nearly 52 inches.A four-foot wide pallet will fit flat on the floor between the wheels, there are six D-ring tie-downs in the floor and a flush-fit non-slip vinyl mat is available, as are a variety of shelves, racks, and a driver compartment partition with or without a window.Tradesman can carry more than 1800 pounds of cargo, more than most half-ton pickup configurations.

A tilt/telescoping wheel eases gauge viewing, as do big digits in the trip computer display.Simple analog instruments include temperature and fuel, so if your hired driver runs out of gas it's purely operator error.

Everything inside is easy to work, even in gloved hands, from integrated door handle/locks to climate and driving controls.You may need to remove gloves for some of the steering wheel buttons or the touchscreen, but the control layout here feels easier to operate than the competition.Storage bins are variously sized and placed for all the junk you have, door cupholders large enough for commercial-grade beverage containers.

There are only two obvious ergonomic nuisances.One is the mirror controls, primarily if more than one person drives it regularly: The standard manual remote means a reach across for the right side and forward for the left, and the power mirror switch is also a reach, so you can't set either in your regular deriving position.The second is the overhead storage bin which has generous volume, because things may slide forward where you can't see them, or to the other side.I quickly learned to make my last hard turn a right so my phone, wallet and so on slid back to the driver side.

Air conditioning, USB/auxiliary in ports and 12-volt outlets clearly labeled powered with the key on are standard.The optional touchscreen is quick and effective, and either ProMaster City can be equipped with navigation, Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, vehicle tracking and UConnect Web access.

Driving Impression

The ProMaster City operates like a mid-size sedan and ride quality splits the difference between that and a half-ton pickup.If you can drive a car you can drive this.

The 178-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder has output similar to the Ford Transit Connect's 2.5-liter, but City has nine gears to multiply that with rather than six.That gives ProMaster City the jump at traffic lights or stop signs, without costing highway fuel economy at the other end.A 1.6 EcoBoost Transit Connect cargo van is likely the only van quicker.

That said, you'll need a light load and moderate (say less than 70 mph) to routinely better the EPA ratings of 21/29.We saw averages in the low 20s driving around town, in the mid-upper teens towing in stop-and-go, and about 26 for mostly highway work.As always your mileage will vary, and we'd not be surprised if highway mpg was twice that of leadfoots in the city.

With nine forward gears and four of them overdrive ProMaster City changes frequently on undulating highways, but those are usually smooth and on-demand so we found little need to shift manually.You will need a good prod of the pedal for things like overtaking.Nominal torque steer was noted under heavy acceleration, moreso if the City was heavily loaded and less inclined to spin a front tire and have traction control take over.

Unlike competitors ProMaster City has hydraulic-assist (rather than electric) rack-and-pinion steering, giving the driver more feedback and better weighting than the others…and many new cars.The only negative regarding steering is the larger-than-average space required for a U-turn.Brakes proved solid, with straight stops even fully loaded or towing an unbraked trailer, and the parking brake held that trailer on a slope.

ProMaster City also uses unique independent rear suspension challengers don't.General ride firmness is similar but at least as good as a pickup with the same load capacity as a pickup with larger, bump-muting tires.Ride quality compares fairly with the competition on smooth roads, but on any other surface the bi-link rear end feels better controlled and less taxing on occupants or cargo.

What might surprise most is how quiet the Tradesman is inside, with none of the echo or rattle-can effect you might expect of a large, hollow metal container.Though the Wagon isn't notably quieter than its competition, the Cargo van appears to have a significant advantage here, and anything that minimizes fatigue makes happier, safer drivers or employees.

Summary

The ProMaster City is a fully-viable option in the small van market.For commercial operators and owners it has the numbers and is relatively easy on the driver.As a Wagon it would work equally well as taxi or a much-roomier option for those crossover shoppers bent on function more than looking cool or having all-wheel drive.

Model Lineup

Ram PMC Tradesman Cargo Van ($23,130), Tradesman SLT ($24,655), PMC Wagon ($24,130), Wagon SLT ($25,655).

Assembled In

Bursa, Turkey; Baltimore, Maryland.

Options As Tested

UConnect 5.0 navigation ($860), fog lights and alloy wheels ($495), rear wipe/wash/defrost ($250), rearview camera ($495), popular equipment group ($495).

Model Tested

Ram ProMaster City SLT Wagon ($25,655).
ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningManual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st row
Knee airbagsDriver
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Digital Audio InputYes
Digital Audio InputYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Memory Card SlotYes
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
RadioAM/FM stereo
RadioAM/FM stereo
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers4
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimLeather
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet3
12V DC power outlet3
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cruise controlCruise control
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver and passenger
Overhead consoleFull with storage
Power steeringPower steering
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Dimensions
Overall height1,880 mm
Overall Length4,740 mm
Overall Width1,831 mm
Wheelbase3,109 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeSliding
left rear passenger door typeSliding
Rear door typeSplit swing-out
Rear door typeSplit swing-out
right rear passenger door typeSliding
right rear passenger door typeSliding
Driver Seat
Manual Adjustments4
Drivetrain
Axle ratio3.73
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Limited slip differentialBrake actuated
Engine
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio10.00 : 1
Cylinders4
Displacement144 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power178 hp
Max RPM6,400 RPM
Max Torque RPM3,900 RPM
Size2.4 L
Torque236 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearSOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsULEV II
Exterior Features
BodysideBlack
GrilleBlack
Fuel Consumption
City11.2 L/100 km
Combined9.8L/100 km
Highway8.1 L/100 km
Header
Doors4
Doors4
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size2.4 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA9
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
TransmissionAutomatic
Van length4,740 mm
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Instrumentation
ClockIn-radio display
ClockIn-radio display
External tempExternal temperature display
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
Transmission Temperature GuageTransmission temperature
Trip computerTrip computer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentManual remote
Passenger mirror adjustmentManual remote
Vanity mirrorsDual vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Manual Adjustments4
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity2
Total Seating Capacity2
UpholsteryCloth
Security
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Stability and Traction
Stability controlStability control with anti-roll
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarHD
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFour-wheel
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarHD
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
Navigation systemYes
wireless phone connectivityYes
Tires
Diameter16.0"
PrefixP
Profile55
Speed RatingS
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemYes
TypeAS
Width215 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Trailer Sway ControlTrailer sway control
Transmission
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds9
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Auxiliary engine coolerRegular duty
BumpersBlack
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Vinyl floor coveringVinyl floor covering
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size5.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distance100,000 km
roadside months60 months
rust distance160,000 km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place3,729 L
Fuel Capacity61 L
Gross vehicle weight2,440 kg
Max cargo capacity3,729 L
Payload854 kg
Towing Capacity907 kg
Wheels
Diameter16
Diameter16
Rim TypeBlack steel
Rim TypeSilver steel
Rim TypeSilver steel
Wheel CoversHub
Wheel CoversFull wheel
Width6.5
Width6.5
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows2
One-touch windows2
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Privacy glassDeep
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear wiperFixed interval
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Bodyside mouldings
Trailer sway control
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Navigation system
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
AM/FM radio
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Wireless phone connectivity
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Delay-off headlights
Front reading lights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Block heater
Limited slip differential
Manual-shift auto
Mode select transmission
Sequential multi-point fuel injection
Variable intake manifold
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Knee airbag
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Driver seat mounted armrest
Leather steering wheel
Passenger seat mounted armrest
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar

2015 RAM ProMaster City ST Cargo Van, Listowel, Ontario

Bustard Chrysler Listowel, 754 Main Street East, Listowel, Ontario N4W-2C7

 

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754 Main Street East Listowel
Ontario N4W 2C7

Tel. No.: (519) 291-1900

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