Need to carry both passengers and loads of cargo? No problem.
The news of a facelifted commercial van isn't likely to get pulses racing for most of us, but vehicles like the Ram ProMaster Cargo Van and ProMaster Window Van serve a vital role in society. They're able to cart goods and people around while keeping costs relatively low. For 2022, Ram has made some meaningful upgrades to the ProMaster to keep it competitive against rivals like the Ford Transit. Some of the highlights include a much faster Uconnect 5 infotainment system, a new nine-speed automatic transmission, and a new Crew Van that effectively slots between the Cargo and Window vans in terms of its passenger- and cargo-carrying capabilities.
The familiar and dependable 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine remains and produces 280 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Ram has replaced the previous six-speed automatic with a new nine-speed TorqueFlite automatic that promises better efficiency and drivability. Ram claims a 9% improvement in fuel economy relative to the previous model. As before, the van retains its unusual front-wheel-drive configuration.
Multiple configurations of the ProMaster are available to suit all kinds of customers, and that includes a new Crew Van Package for the cargo van. This adds a second row that can accommodate three passengers, along with fixed polycarbonate windows. The Crew Van Package is compatible with six different high roof cargo van models.
Although the standard V6 is adequate, the big news is that Ram has confirmed a battery-electric ProMaster will be arriving in 2023, but no technical details of this model have yet been shared. It will compete with the new Ford E-Transit which starts at under $45,000.
Inside, Ram offers some great tech and safety features for a van. The Uconnect 5 infotainment system, also offered in much more luxurious Stellantis products, is five times faster than the previous version and includes a Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Bluetooth, and an Alexa in-vehicle assistant. A 3.5-inch driver information screen is complemented by a 7-inch touchscreen, but a 7-inch driver info screen and a large 10-inch touchscreen are available, as is wireless phone charging. Other new touches that aren't always associated with commercial vans include an available leather-wrapped steering wheel, a new Telematics Module, and a push-button electric parking brake.
Finally, the 2022 Ram ProMaster offers an impressive list of standard and available safety technologies. As standard, it gets forward collision warning, drowsiness detection, traffic sign recognition, and crosswind assist, the latter being important in a large, slab-sided van. Available driver-assist features include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, front parking sensors, and a new 360-degree surround-view camera system. An Active Driving Assist feature offers hands-on-wheel and eyes-on-road Level 2 driving, which helps to keep the van in its lane.
Pricing for the 2022 Ram ProMaster hasn't yet been shared by the automaker but it will arrive at dealers in the fourth quarter of 2021.