FCA upgrades its RAM ProMaster with new tech and more cargo, towing capacity
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced that for the 2019 model year, RAM has upped the ante with increases in both payload capability and towing capability for the RAM ProMaster.
The company has also updated the exterior appearance of its popular vans. The most notable visual cues are the redesign of both vans’ front fascias now integrating the “RAM” grille theme carried over from the pickup line.
“RAM has taken a larger presence in the commercial vehicle market with the help of our Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand – FCA. “Our van offerings answer the key segment demands with class-exclusive features, greater capability and low total cost of ownership.”
Also shared between Ram ProMaster and ProMaster City are additional fleet-friendly technologies, including telematics. RAM Telematics, powered by Verizon Connect, allow for tracking vehicle and driver behavior data to help save money on fuel, improve route efficiency and promote safe driving. Additionally, the new system offers real-time vehicle diagnostics and performance data.
The commercial vehicles manufactured at the World Class Saltillo Van Assembly Plant in Saltillo, Coahuila also builds on capability with increases in payload, as much as 240 lbs., to a maximum of 4,680, boasting the highest payload of any Class 2 cargo van on the market today. In fact, Ram ProMaster has now the highest available standard payload in the segment in all three payload classes.
The full-size Ram ProMaster continues to improve its capability with a 30% increase in towing capacity — up to 6,800 pounds. To enhance the new towing weights, a new Trailer-tow Group is available, adding a Class IV receiver hitch with four- and seven-pin wiring harness.
Upfitter-friendly technology for Ram ProMaster includes a Vehicle System Interface Module (VSIM) with 13 inputs and 41 outputs (54 total). The VSIM feature gives upfitters quick and reliable connections to vehicle systems. New optional interior LED lighting is 20 times brighter and offers integrated motion sensors for added convenience.
The exterior design on Ram ProMaster not only receives the new “RAM” grille treatment, but also new Black bumpers, side panels and optional Black steel wheels. Polycarbonate side rear windows are now available on high-roof models, as are side rear windows with steel grates on low-roof models.