Promaster City: Best Power Compact Cargo Van


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RAM Promaster City

The RAM Promaster City is the spacious van that can be configured for either passengers or cargo. Generous dimensions combined with a luxury interior to create a top pick in its class.

Promaster City: The Versatile Van that is Big on Space

Following hot on the heels of the Promaster, enter the RAM Promaster City: a spacious van that offers the ability to configure it for both passengers or cargo. A popular shape in Europe for many years, the Promaster City has made its way onto Canadian shores with a few tweaks made to the chassis and suspension to take into account harsher weather and tougher roads, plus a higher clearance. The front wheel drive is combined with a tough steel unibody creating a strong design that handles well even in poor weather. One of the big advantages of the Promaster City is that there’s no drive hump in the rear, leaving the cargo space uninterrupted and providing a flat load floor. There’s an incredible storage capacity in the back which is coupled with a payload of 854kg and presented with 1229mm between the wheel wells. These dimensions make the City particularly suitable for upfitting, with sidewalls which are vertical and suitable for shelving or toolboxes, plus roof fittings for racks or rails. Every configuration of the Promaster City comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission plus a 2.4-litre I-4 engine. This produces 395 horsepower and 410 lb/ft of torque and a fuel economy of 8.3L/100km for highway driving and 11.2L/100km for around the city.

Passenger or Cargo: Your Choice

The appearance of the City will vary depending on whether you choose the passenger or cargo configuration. The latter has paneled walls suitable for fittings while the latter has tinted windows in the rear. Both styles have sliding rear doors for easy access. There is an impressive array of features inside which make the RAM Promaster City feel less like a typical van and more akin to a comfortable sedan. Some of the accessories which are factory fitted include a mini trip computer, backup camera for easy manoeuvrability, locking glove box, hands-free communication with Bluetooth compatibility, air conditioning and a variety of storage options. Upgrading to the higher trim levels will add in cruise control, carpeted interior, sunscreen glass, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel which incorporates audio controls. If you’re looking for a really luxurious interior, there are optional extras available for purchase. These include a rear park assist system, satellite radio, deep tinted glass and a media centre with a 5-inch touchscreen.

Staying Safe and Secure

RAM has a real focus on safety and security so whether you’re transporting passengers or cargo, you can have peace of mind. The factory fitted package across all models includes anti-lock brakes with brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control, trailer sway control, electronic roll mitigation, hill start assist and brake-lock differential. There’s also tire pressure monitoring and warning lamp, remote keyless entry, portable air compressor and a 7 airbag system which includes front, side and curtain airbags, plus knee bags for the driver. The RAM Promaster City offers convenience and space in a range of configurations. Suitable for both cargo and passengers, there’s no reason to sacrifice comfort and performance on the road to get the dimensions you need.