By Anthony Capkun
(UPDATED March 25, 2013, with Video) February 19, 2013 – Stemming from the Fiat Ducato—which has been in production for more than 30 years—the 2014 ProMaster is Ram Commercial’s latest addition to its vehicle lineup, putting Ram back into the purpose-built, full-size van segment. The ProMaster is available in two roof heights, three wheelbases and four body lengths, and offers both a chassis cab and cutaway from the factory. Its unibody frame architecture boasts a payload capacity up to 5145 lb and a maximum towing capacity up to 5100 lb. The gross combined weight rating (GCWR) for the 3.6-L V6 is 11,500 lb and 12,500 lb for the 3.0-L I-4 EcoDiesel. Thanks to its front-drive system, body-integral construction and the multiple of configurations offered, Ram says the ProMaster can be upfit for virtually any conceivable commercial need. It features a standard sliding door on the passenger side with an optional sliding door on the driver’s side. In the rear, an available two-position rear clamshell door swings open up to 260-degrees, folding almost flat to the side of the van. All three door openings enable fork lift pallet loading and unloading. Start of production for the 2014 ProMaster is scheduled for Q3 2013.