A new style of commercial vehicles has really taken off in the U.S. in recent years, and that’s the compact Class 1 van segment. With tightening wallets due to economic issues and rising fuel costs, many lighter-duty businesses are turning to these smaller vans as their vehicles of choice due to their better fuel economy and lower cost. The latest entry into this segment is the 2015 Ram Promaster City, which is essentially a rebadged Fiat Doble.
Today, Ram has just announced the final details on the two main focus points of this van: its MSRP and fuel economy numbers. After completing EPA testing, the Promaster City and its 2.4-liter Tigershark engine managed to squeeze out 21 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and 24 mpg combined. The highway fuel-economy number puts it above every van in its class, except the Ford Transit Connect with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost, which gets 30 mpg highway in its base setup. In city and combined mpg, it is beat out by the Nissan NV200 and Chevy City Express twins by 3 mpg city and 1 mpg combined.
In terms of pricing, the Ram Promaster City bases at $23,130 and climbs to $24,655 in its cargo variety, and starts at $24,130 with rear windows and climbs to $25,655. These numbers make it the most expensive compact cargo van in the segment. Once you add in the rear windows, however, the Promaster City is suddenly cheaper than the Ford Transit Connect, and the price gap between it and the Nissan/Chevy twins shrinks.
There is no mention of when the 2015 Promaster City will arrive in dealers, but it should arrive soon.