The 2017 Ram ProMaster will still remain as the front-wheel-drive model that competes in a segment packed by rear-wheel-drive ones. Even though the traditional American vans designed based on the heavy-duty components mostly have died out and being replaced by taller, narrower, and lighter European vans, ProMaster offers the efficiency in space to fulfill your needs to haul cargo for your business.
2017 Ram ProMasterCargo Van Highlights
The ProMaster van lineup is adapted by the company from Fiat’s Ducato, which is known for its low running costs, durability, and easy driving manners. Even so, just like many European vans, the 2017 Ram ProMaster is also offered in varieties of configuration: 1500, 2500, and 3500 versions. Each of them is also offered in different levels of capability. Most Ram ProMaster cargo vans have a higher roof, providing a tall yet tidy profile to optimize cargo volume while allowing users to stand straight inside the van.
One of the most distinguishing characters about the 2017 Ram ProMaster is how its hood is very short. It is made possible thanks to the front-wheel drive configuration. This thus allows an excellent forward visibility, making tight turns less stressful and infuriating than it would be if you drive other large vans. Even though the ProMaster’s low tow rating is rather disappointing for you, its payload capacity is satisfying—after all, this is one among critical aspects cargo van’s buyers are looking for. With its capable gasoline engine, Ram ProMaster also provides you the higher load limits while the turbodiesel option earns you better fuel efficiency.
Ram ProMaster Specs and Performance
The gasoline-fueled 3.6L V6 is standard on all 2017 Ram ProMaster trim levels. This engine option is capable of producing total output of 280 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission pairs the engine, sending the power to the front wheels. The turbodiesel engine is available as an option. This 3.0L 4-cylinder turbodiesel is rated at 174 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Even though the diesel powertrain is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, it is technically an automated manual one in reality.
Properly equipped, the 2017 Ram ProMaster has a maximum payload capacity of up to 4,420 pounds. Even so, bear in mind that the payload capacity for ProMaster will vary depending on what configuration you choose for yours. The maximum towing capacity is up to 5,100 pounds. While the payload capacity in Ram ProMaster is competitive for its segment, its tow rating is significantly less than what its rear-wheel-drive rivals can offer. The EPA mpg ratings are not published since ProMaster, as a commercial van, is not subject to the standard, conventional testing.
2017 Ram ProMaster Review and Interior
Functionality makes the sole concept for Ram ProMaster’s interior design, especially with instrument and control design made based on Fiat’s long experience in commercial van segment. The gauges inside the 2017 Ram ProMaster are clear and large, equipped with a multifunction display placed between the tachometer and speedometer. Climate control is available through an easy-to-use 3-knob layout for directional control, temperature, and fan speed. Audio controls with an optional 5-inch Uconnect touchscreen are placed high on the dash, so you may find yourself to slightly lean forward to reach them.
There are also the extended stints located behind the wheel, which are eased by the captain’s chairs (available with optional swivel mounts). However, lacking in tilt steering may cause a less than ideal driving position. The 2017 Ram ProMaster is also packed with abundant of cupholders and storage areas that are placed cleverly.
Meanwhile, cargo capacity inside the 2017 Ram ProMaster will range depending on what model you choose. It varies from the 1500 low-roof model’s 259 cubic feet to the extended-length 3500 cargo van’s 463 cubic feet. Even though those numbers are not quite close to match the maximum 487 cubic feet the Ford Transit offers, the ProMaster is still an option worth eyeing. It is especially true as the cargo van still manages to provide cavernous space that accommodates all kind of cargo upfitter components, as well as the customized one. The standard ProMaster is available with rear doors and solid walls or with window options. Alternatively, you can opt for the optional sliding rear door for easy entry.