The baby but growing bunched burden van articulation aboriginal affected bottomward in the U.S. with the 2010 Ford Transit Connect, which was abutting afterwards by the 2013 Nissan NV200 (soon to be awash actuality as the 2015 Chevrolet Burghal Express as well). Now, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is entering the affray with the 2015 Ram ProMaster City. Like the Transit Connect — and full-size Ram ProMaster — the ProMaster Burghal traces its roots aback to Europe.
The ProMaster Burghal is based on the third-generation Fiat Doblo, and has been acclimatized for the U.S. market. Like the first-generation Transit Connect, all ProMaster Citys will be congenital in Turkey (at Fiat’s joint-venture Tofaş bulb in Bursa), and alien to North America with windows and rear seats to contrivance the “chicken tax.” Changes accommodate upgraded anatomy pieces and ballast points, as able-bodied as a 0.4-inch college ride acme to accord with rougher anchorage and adequate unibody structures — primarily to amuse the U.S.’s side-impact pole-test (no revisions were fabricated for the IIHS small-offset test, as the allowance industry accumulation has yet to analysis this chic of vehicle). The ProMaster Burghal additionally gets accepted 16-inch animate auto captivated in all-season tires for a college burden rating.
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Measuring 66.4 inches advanced (with 48.4 inches amid the caster wells), the burden breadth appearance near-vertical walls that are said to be added “upfitter-friendly” for installing aftermarket racks and shelving. A custom-fit, non-slip vinyl attic mat is available, and burden can be anchored with six accepted D-ring tie downs. The ProMaster Burghal appearance sliding doors on both abandon that acknowledge a 26-inch opening, while the rear 60/40 breach doors accessible 90 degrees, or a abounding 180 degrees afterwards blame a absolution button. The beneath rear aperture opens against the barrier for added convenience. The exoteric aperture handles are ample so they can be acclimated by gloved hands. Threaded ascent credibility in the roof abridge accession of amount balustrade and roof racks accessible from Mopar. Weight accommodation is rated 154 pounds for the roof accessories.
Up front, the ProMaster Burghal uses a strut abeyance with balance bar, while the rear abeyance consists of an absolute trailing-arm-and-lateral-link setup, which contributes to the 21.5-inch step-in height. The brakes abide of 12-inch advanced discs and 10-inch rear drums with able pads and shoes. The ProMaster Burghal is the aboriginal agent to amalgamate the Tigershark agent with a hydraulic ability council system.
In accession to the accepted burden van body, the ProMaster Burghal is accessible as a five-passenger wagon. The ProMaster Burghal has 4 anxiety of breadth abaft the 60/40 breach second-row bench, and about 6 anxiety of breadth with the rear seats bankrupt forward. Added burden breadth ambit are unchanged.
Base Tradesman models affection a atramentous grille and bumpers, while the SLT adds body-colored bumpers and fog lights. Body-colored ancillary mirrors and a argent grille are accessible on SLT models. Tradesman vans appear with 16-inch animate auto with or after caster covers, while the SLT is accessible with 16-inch admixture wheels. Rear windows are additionally optional.
Inside, the ProMaster Burghal is accomplished in atramentous with gray accents. Different inserts analyze amid abject and SLT trims. Up front, the ProMaster Burghal appearance nine accumulator compartments including an aerial accumulator unit. A angle and telescoping council caster is standard, while a leather-wrapped council caster with chip cruise ascendancy and infotainment controls for the Uconnect arrangement is available. Uconnect appearance a 5.0-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, a argument message-reading function, four-speaker audio system, powered USB anchorage for charging devices, and a additional USB for music streaming. Accessible infotainment appearance accommodate navigation, SiriusXM accessory radio, and Uconnect Web.
Standard assurance appearance accommodate an cyberbanking adherence ascendancy that incorporates four-channel ABS braking system, anchor assist, absorption control, agent annoyance control, bivouac amplitude control, hill-start assist, rollover mitigation, and automated anchor lamp actuation.
A Ram agent tells us we’ll alpha seeing ProMaster Burghal vans by the end of the year, but we won’t see absolute aggregate until 2015. Can it booty on the burghal burden haulers from Ford and Nissan back it arrives? We’ll anon acquisition out.
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