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Here is some more info on the newly introduced Ram Promaster City.

It has a 1,883-pound payload and can haul up to 131.7 cubic feet of cargo. There is also a five-seater model called the Promaster City Wagon.

The Promaster City has a car-like cockpit with a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, an analog instrument cluster and numerous storage bins.

NO info yet on fuel economy or when it is due to be sold in showrooms.















 

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I'm very happy with how it looks and I can say that if I bought this I would really look into having the front end wrapped in a white that goes well with the oem white, all in effort to make the promaster city to look better.

now i could paint the black bumper but if i get hit, i'm going to cry that my $3k spent to paint it went down the drain.
 

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Shame about the afterthought of a grill.
Also ashame that they will import it as a passenger van, then throw out the seats to avoid the 'chicken tax'.

Chrysler needs multiple passenger vans to dominate the segment. Their thinking is myopic.
 

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It's ok looking. They could have done something a little more polished on the nose and hood length. The interior looks really nice. And to think I thought my little NV200 was the only ugly duckling on the road!

Their price point seems a little high for a work van. You could still get into a discounted gmc or chevy express for that kind of dough. Of course, this applies mostly to the fleet buyer. The end customer pays for fuel costs via higher service pricing.
 

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Here is the full ProMaster City press release

2015 Ram ProMaster City: Compact Van Engineered to Tackle Big Jobs
Ram ProMaster City is a workhorse with best-in-class features where it counts:
Combined fuel economy
Payload – 1,883 pounds
Cargo volume – 131.7 cubic feet
Cargo width and length – 60.4 inches and 87.2 inches
Distance between wheel wells – 48.4 inches
Wheelbase – 122.4 inches
Design shared with highly successful Fiat Doblò, a two-time International Van of the Year with more than 1.3 million units sold
Loaded with smart touches: Large exterior door handles easy to use with gloved hands, rear swinging 60/40 split doors designed to minimize obstruction to cargo and curb, dual sliding side doors lock open to prevent accidental closure
Capability and comfort in the same package: Segment first bi-link rear suspension maintains European-style ride and handling regardless of cargo load
June 26, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Don’t be misled by its size. Whether the job is delivering packages, organizing and hauling the tools of a professional tradesman or carting the band’s gear to the next gig, the all-new 2015 Ram ProMaster City van is designed and engineered to tackle big jobs with best-in-class cargo area, payload capacity and standard fuel economy. It does so while delivering versatile functionality, durability and superior ride and handling.
The 2015 Ram ProMaster City shares its basic design with the highly successful, two-time International Van of the Year Fiat Doblò, which is sold around the world. Now in its third generation, the Fiat Doblò is the preferred workhorse for business and commercial uses, a status gained via ideal size for crowded urban environments and a host of thoughtful and innovative features.
Starting with a winning template, Ram Truck engineers subjected the front-wheel-drive van to the full spectrum of severe-duty use expected of commercial vehicles in North America – from the blazing desert heat of Las Vegas to frigid Northern Michigan, from battling stop-and-go traffic in congested downtown Los Angeles to hauling cargo up and down mountain roads in Colorado. The lessons from millions of combined development miles make the 2015 Ram ProMaster City more robust, durable, functional, comfortable and cost effective for any use.
Key changes for North American customers include:
Ride height is increased 10 millimeters (0.4-inch). North American roads are rougher than other parts of the world. Increased ride height enables the Ram ProMaster City’s suspension to manage the greater vertical loads
Chassis components and anchor points are upgraded to insure that the Ram ProMaster City’s durability exceeds the demands of customers
Engine box and front track are widened to accommodate the standard 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine and nine-speed automatic transmission
Several structures in the unibody are strengthened for the Ram ProMaster City to comply with U.S. safety regulations
Standard all-season tires, mounted on 16-inch wheels, are rated to handle higher weight loads
The 2015 Ram ProMaster City will be offered in two-seat Tradesman cargo van and five-seat passenger Wagon configurations.
“For both small and large businesses, the vehicle fleet is a linchpin of their operations,” said Mike Cairns, Director of Ram Truck Engineering. “The 2015 Ram ProMaster City is designed to be the most capable small commercial van, but also fuel efficient and fun to drive. It’s bound to become any workman’s favorite tool.”
Unibody design: rugged and weight smart
The foundation of the 2015 Ram ProMaster City is a steel unibody design where the floor pan, cross members, side panels and fully boxed frame rails are welded together into an integrated unit. This architecture gives the ProMaster City’s body a high degree of structural rigidity – a critical solid foundation that minimizes noise, vibration and harshness and enables the suspension to be tuned for a smoother ride. Also, the unibody architecture helps minimize curb weight, a key contributor to the ProMaster City’s best-in-class payload capability of 1,883 pounds. A best-in-class wheelbase of 122.4 inches offers impressive ride and handling while creating the space needed for the largest cargo area in the segment.
Particular attention was paid to the ProMaster City’s engine box, which was re-engineered to house the powerful 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine and exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission and deliver enhanced lateral stiffness to the front of the vehicle – which translates as a solid feeling from the driver’s seat.
A tow package is available on the ProMaster City with an unsurpassed 2,000-lb. towing capability.
Suspension
The Ram ProMaster City’s front axle uses a proven, durable and compact MacPherson strut suspension, tuned for rougher North American roads. The setup includes large-diameter shock absorbers, steel springs and a solid stabilizer bar. Stamped steel clamshell control arms are strong and weight efficient. The front suspension components are specifically tuned to handle the ProMaster City’s class-leading payload capacity.
In a departure from standard practice in the Class 1 van category of using rear leaf springs, the Ram ProMaster City upgrades to an independent, bi-link rear suspension. The ProMaster City’s rear suspension incorporates a category-unique independent bi-link configuration that increases driving comfort, enhances stability, and ensures maximum safety characteristics in all load situations. This bi-link suspension enhances stability and provides first-class ride and handling throughout the ProMaster City’s load range. It is also is a key enabler of the van’s low 21.5-inch step-in height.
Brakes
Ram engineers put an emphasis on solid feel and durability for the ProMaster City’s braking system.
Optimally sized 12-inch front disc brakes include pad wear sensors to alert operators of low lining life and deliver stopping distance and pedal feel at the top of the ProMaster City’s category. Additionally, a larger pad-to-disc swept area, combined with thicker linings, result in outstanding durability, lower related maintenance costs and enhanced up-time qualities. Rear 10-inch drum brakes are engineered for durability and performance and carry thicker long-wear linings as well.
Steering
The 2015 Ram ProMaster City uses a proven hydraulic-assist rack-and-pinion steering system. Fitted with a premium steering gear, the system delivers a European-inspired, solid feeling to the driver – critical when the ProMaster City is carrying cargo but also a delight under any driving condition.
A tilt and telescoping steering column is standard on all versions of the Ram ProMaster City.
This marks the first use of a hydraulic power steering system with the Chrysler Group’s 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine.
Front-wheel-drive
The Ram ProMaster City uses a front-wheel-drive layout that provides several benefits:
Fewer mechanical parts, resulting in less weight, lower maintenance costs (in large part because there’s no rear differential), enhanced mechanical efficiencies and enhanced fuel efficiency
Optimal cab and cargo compartment space, attributable to the absence of a transmission/prop shaft tunnel – a key enabler to achieving a flat-floor in the cargo compartment area
More predictable handling in emergency maneuvers (reduced over- and under-steer characteristics)
Enhanced traction in rain, mud and snow, a result of the engine weight being situated over the drive wheels
Greater payload capability due to lighter overall vehicle weight
Body
The Ram ProMaster City is thoughtfully designed with the working individual in mind.
The hard-working credentials start with a 48.4-inch span between the rear wheel wells, the widest in the class. Why is width important? Construction tradesmen know that 48 inches is a common dimension for building materials and loaded pallets – yet those materials rarely measure exactly 48 inches. The width between the ProMaster City’s wheel wells provides an extra margin of capacity so that building materials and pallets can be loaded quickly and easily, without concern over whether the load fits.
Above the wheel wells, the ProMaster City’s nearly vertical side panels give it a best-in-class width of 60.4 inches. Combined with an interior roof height of 51.8 inches, the result is best-in-class volume of 131.7 cubic feet for the cargo van version of the ProMaster City. The vertical side panels are upfitter-friendly and simplify the attachment of shelves or storage racks for specialized commercial use.
The floor of the ProMaster City cargo van measures 87.2 inches in length and is fitted with six standard equipment D-ring tie downs to secure cargo in place. The floor has an available flush-fit, non-slip vinyl mat that’s easy to clean.
Each side of the Ram ProMaster City is fitted with a sliding door that securely latches in the open position, preventing an accidental closure if the vehicle is parked on a slope. Each sliding door creates a 26-inch opening to access the cargo compartment. The roof of the Ram ProMaster City is prepped for load rails or roof racks, available through Mopar with a weight capacity of 154 pounds. Sealed, pre-threaded roof mounting points make accessory installation simple.
The rear of the Ram ProMaster City is fitted with 60/40 split swing doors. Using lessons learned from European customers, the larger door swings open toward the traffic (driver) side of the van, making it easy to quickly access larger cargo items and not block the path to the curbside of the van. Both rear doors initially swing open 90 degrees, and can swing to 180 degrees with a simple press of a release button on the door latch. The latch automatically re-engages when the door is closed.
The passenger wagon version of the Ram ProMaster City is equipped with a three-passenger second row. The second-row seating is split 60/40, with each section capable of folding and tumbling forward to expand cargo room. With the seats in place, the ProMaster City passenger wagon offers close to four feet of cargo length to the rear doors. With seats folded and tumbled, Ram’s new van provides nearly six feet of cargo length. The passenger wagon maintains the wheel-well width, side-wall width and roof height of the cargo van.
A significant amount of time was spent in the wind tunnel to reach best-in-class fuel economy targets. Underbody aerodynamic shields, spoilers, tires and outside mirror optimization all contributed to helping the ProMaster City slip through air.
Low-rolling-resistance tires
All versions of the Ram ProMaster City are equipped with 16-inch wheels and low-rolling- resistance tires. The 215/55R16XL all-season tires are designed for higher inflation pressures to handle larger loads. Steel wheels are standard equipment on the ST and SLT trim levels of the Ram ProMaster City. Aluminum wheels are optional on the ProMaster City SLT.
Electronic stability control (ESC)
A sophisticated, four-channel electronic stability control (ESC) system is standard on the Ram ProMaster City. Built on a foundation of anti-lock brakes and traction control with independent control at each wheel, the Ram ProMaster City’s ESC system leverages a variety of sensors and controls to deliver an entire suite of active handling technologies.
Key functions of the ESC system include:
Anti-lock brakes (ABS): The four-channel system monitors and controls the speed of each wheel independently. The ABS software uses input from a steering wheel angle sensor to adjust braking pressures in straight-line braking and mid-turn braking. This helps improve braking performance and minimize yaw. A brake-lock differential system regulates braking pressure from side to side on the front axle to optimize stopping distances and provide sway control
Traction control (TC): Integrated with ABS, the traction control operates at all speeds. It controls wheel spin via a reduction in engine torque and, in extreme conditions, applies braking to one or more wheels
Brake assist (BA): By detecting the speed or force that the driver uses to apply the brake, brake assist can sense an emergency braking event and activate the ABS system quicker. Faster ABS activation can reduce stop distance by engaging full braking power sooner
Engine drag control: On low traction surfaces, there can be a difference in wheel speeds when the driver lifts off the throttle. Engine drag control senses that difference and sends more torque to the driven wheels to keep them at the same relative speed as the rear wheels to boost vehicle stability
Trailer sway control: When towing, the ProMaster City's yaw sensor can detect the trailer yawing in one direction. It counters and dampens that yaw motion by applying brake pressure on the vehicle's opposite side
Hill-start Assist: When the ProMaster City detects an uphill grade of 5 percent or more, it will hold the vehicle in place for up to 2 seconds after the brake is released, giving the driver time to apply the throttle
Rollover mitigation: The vehicle's yaw and steering wheel angle sensors combine to detect if the ProMaster City is experiencing extreme lateral forces and selectively applies brake force to reduce the chance of a rollover
Automatic brake lamp actuation: Using brake pedal sensing and the steering angle sensor, this system senses an emergency braking situation and automatically lights and flashes the tail lamps
Manufacturing
The 2015 Ram ProMaster City will be assembled at the TOFAS plant in Bursa, Turkey. Awarded the World Class Manufacturing Gold Medal, this 3.6-million sq. ft. (83.7 acre) state-of-the-art plant also assembles the Fiat Doblò.
 

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Looks pretty good, I just picked up my promaster 2500 136 today and asked the fleet manager about the city. He seemed confident that they would be available to purchase in September (Since the article says 2015.. .I am doubtful). I am not sure if he really knew or just was yapping. Anyway I told him to order me one in silver so we will see.

On a side note... 250 miles today on the Promaster and already hooked and its not even outfitted with shelving yet......
 

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Did you guys know that the Ram ProMaster City has a nine-speed automatic transmission? It's a ZF transverse unit that is also used by Land Rover in the Range Rover Evoque. It's also the same Jeep Cherokee unit that's been giving Chrysler so much software trouble.

Hopefully they have got that whole thing sorted out.
 

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Shame about the afterthought of a grill.
Also ashame that they will import it as a passenger van, then throw out the seats to avoid the 'chicken tax'.

Chrysler needs multiple passenger vans to dominate the segment. Their thinking is myopic.
oh really... I was under the impression they would be taking on the TC wagon with it as well. Agreed it really is myopic... but then again I'm sure they're terrified of substitution on the Caravan/Town and Country...
 

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Using the 2.4L Tigershark, good for 178 hp and 174 ft-lbs of torque. Uses the problematic ZF 9 speed as well...

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What problem is the ZF9 having?

Just saw on MotorWeek that Acura started using the ZF9 with the V6 on a new model. Just curious what you've heard because I'd like to see the heavy-duty version make it to the full-size ProMaster.
 

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Picked up the first available PMC this week

I was doing work at my local Ram dealer replacing all the lighting in the shop areas when my fleet guy took me around back to show me the new PMC they just got in an hour earlier. He tosses me the keys and off I went. When I came back, I told him I'd take it! Over my NV200, the little PMC was an exceptional performer with a very well appointed interior. It had the tow package which really was my main need for the little van. It came with the uconnect 5 system, cruise, steering wheel buttons, Bluetooth, and some other nice things. I have had it for two days and absolutely love the 9speed transmission. Truth be told, it really spends most of the day in eight speeds as the ecu seldom permits it to engage 9th unless I'm doing over 72 mph.
 

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Congrats on the new ride. Todd
 

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This is the only pic I have of it. Was at a job yesterday when I took this. I will clean it up and post others.

I will say that it is tons roomier over the Nissan NV200. Much wider inside, better interior and driving dynamics. The dealer will be painting the bumpers for me. The SLT version adds painted bumpers, alloy wheels and fog/driving lights. Aside from that, there wasn't too much if anything to add to the vehicle. It has tilt/telescoping wheel, overhead bin storage, the side mirrors are controlled from the inside of the van with little joysticks (I'm fine with that as opposed to opening the windows to adjust the mirrors.) Uconnect5 touch screen radio, cruise control, and some other stuff. Overall, it looks and drives like a car from the drivers seat. Love the independent rear suspension.


 

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I also wanted to add, that the drivetrain excels adequacy for the task. In fact, I think they nailed it in terms of power and efficiency. It will accelerate like a bat out of a cave and hold its own and then some on the highway. My NV200 was gutless on acceleration and passing ability. That being said, I bought it as a spare van at the time and the agility of working out of it wasn't a priority. I came from a Sprinter van which after I sold it, the little van [NV200] became my main work jobber. I've become accustomed to working out of less space however the fuel mileage tradeoff is well worth it with a smaller vehicle. I hope the PMC can deliver better fuel mileage than the NV200 which normally returned 20-21 avg with its CVT.
 

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What problem is the ZF9 having?

Just saw on MotorWeek that Acura started using the ZF9 with the V6 on a new model. Just curious what you've heard because I'd like to see the heavy-duty version make it to the full-size ProMaster.
The "problematic" ZF9 is all software related. Lots of issues on the Jeep Cherokee when it was first released, but have now mostly been ironed out with subsequent software updates which take a quick dealer visit at no charge.
I'm sure the City's ZF9 will be a much more trouble free unit what with their experience now with that trans
 
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