2019 Ram Promaster

Buyer's Guide

North America's commercial van market has changed significantly in the last few years as domestic manufacturers have brought in vehicles originally designed for the European market to compete with the original Euro van, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Ram brand did that with the Promaster, a clone of the Fiat Ducato that is well known to fleet buyers and drivers on the continent. In North America, it's the only full-size van with front-wheel drive.

For 2019, the Promaster gains three new models in 2500 and 3500 grades on a 136-inch wheelbase with a low roof and a 3500 variant with a high roof. Also new is Ram's boast that it offers the highest standard payload in the segment at 1,814 kg for the 1500 trim, 1,918 for 2500 models and 2,123 kg in 3500 form. All vans get a 30 per cent bump in towing capacity too, to 3,084 kg.

Other new standard features include a trailer tow package, a fleet telematics package of usage tracking, driver behaviour and vehicle diagnostics and performance data, a vehicle system interface module, optional LED interior lighting that's 20 times brighter and is triggered by motion sensors, a new Ram grille and bumpers in black instead of grey, optional polycarbonate rear side windows for high-roof vans and rear windows with steel grates for low-roof models.

The new configurations bring the total available to 18 in 1500, 2500 and 3500 designations with low- or high roof, wheelbase of 118, 136 or 159 inches and cargo van, window van or chassis cab.

Standard power comes from a 3.6L gasoline V6 whose 280 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque is directed through a six-speed automatic transmission.

There's no option to turn this into a plush passenger van; at most, the Promaster will seat three with an optional dual front passenger seat. Standard kit includes cloth seats, air conditioning, USB charging port, 12-volt power outlet, telescopic steering column, Uconnect infotainment with 5.0-inch touchscreen and four speakers, Bluetooth, four-way manual seat adjustments, power door locks and a backup camera.

Among the options on offer are a lot of things that get taken for granted on non-commercial vehicles, like aluminum wheels, heated driver and passenger seats (you can choose just one if you want, apparently), cruise control, navigation and power-folding and heated side mirrors. Commercial-grade extras include rear auxiliary heater and A/C prep, swivel seats, vinyl seat upholstery and an air conditioning delete in case you want to keep your Promaster super simple.

2019 Ram Promaster Specifications

There are 7 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $35,870 MSRP
N/A
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
280 hp @6400 rpm
Number of seats 2
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style Minivan
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
1500 Low Roof 118 WB $35,870 2 Minivan
1500 Low Roof 118 WB 280 hp @6400 rpm 260 ft-lb @4400 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
1500 Low Roof 118 WB N/A 80.7" 88.7" 118"
1500 Low Roof 118 WB
1500 Low Roof 118 WB N/A
1500 Low Roof 118 WB
1500 Low Roof 118 WB
1500 Low Roof 136 WB $36,870 2 Minivan
1500 Low Roof 136 WB 280 hp @6400 rpm 260 ft-lb @4400 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
1500 Low Roof 136 WB N/A 80.7" 88.7" 136"
1500 Low Roof 136 WB
1500 Low Roof 136 WB N/A
1500 Low Roof 136 WB
1500 Low Roof 136 WB
1500 High Roof 136 WB $38,870 2 Minivan
1500 High Roof 136 WB 280 hp @6400 rpm 260 ft-lb @4400 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
1500 High Roof 136 WB N/A 80.7" 99.4" 136"
1500 High Roof 136 WB
1500 High Roof 136 WB N/A
1500 High Roof 136 WB
1500 High Roof 136 WB
2500 High Roof 136 WB $39,870 2 Minivan
2500 High Roof 136 WB 280 hp @6400 rpm 260 ft-lb @4400 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
2500 High Roof 136 WB N/A 80.7" 99.4" 136"
2500 High Roof 136 WB
2500 High Roof 136 WB N/A
2500 High Roof 136 WB
2500 High Roof 136 WB
2500 High Roof 159 WB $40,870 2 Minivan
2500 High Roof 159 WB 280 hp @6400 rpm 260 ft-lb @4400 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
2500 High Roof 159 WB N/A 80.7" 99.4" 159"
2500 High Roof 159 WB
2500 High Roof 159 WB N/A
2500 High Roof 159 WB
2500 High Roof 159 WB
3500 High Roof 159 WB $41,870 2 Minivan
3500 High Roof 159 WB 280 hp @6400 rpm 260 ft-lb @4400 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
3500 High Roof 159 WB N/A 80.7" 99.4" 159"
3500 High Roof 159 WB
3500 High Roof 159 WB N/A
3500 High Roof 159 WB
3500 High Roof 159 WB
3500 High Roof Ext 159 WB $42,870 2 Minivan
3500 High Roof Ext 159 WB 280 hp @6400 rpm 260 ft-lb @4400 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
3500 High Roof Ext 159 WB N/A 80.7" 99.4" 159"
3500 High Roof Ext 159 WB
3500 High Roof Ext 159 WB N/A
3500 High Roof Ext 159 WB
3500 High Roof Ext 159 WB

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