Ram Commercial revealed the new 2023 Ram ProMaster at the National Truck Equipment Association’s Work Truck Week trade show in Indianapolis on March 9.
Aimed at the largest commercial customer categories – vocational and delivery use – the new 2023 Ram ProMaster is a full-size van designed for businesses, construction jobsites, and commercial fleets.
“Ram ProMaster continues to evolve as we listen and respond to commercial customer input, and the 2023 model is a culmination of that effort,” said Mike Koval Jr., Ram brand CEO – Stellantis. “Now available in three roof heights and featuring a broad array of safety, advanced technology and connectivity features, Ram ProMaster delivers confidence for hardworking people every day, no matter their line of work.”
Ram noted that cargo-handling capability is the number one consideration for van buyers, and ProMaster includes cargo volume, turning radius, standard interior cargo height, load-floor height, cargo width between wheel wells, and maximum cargo width.
Ram ProMaster features up to 6,910 pounds of towing capability and a best-in-class 4,680 pounds of payload.
Available in 19 configurations, including three roof heights, three wheelbases and four vehicle lengths resulting in cargo lengths of 8-ft., 10-ft., 12-ft., and 13.5-ft., the 2023 Ram ProMaster will be available on dealer lots in the third quarter of 2022.
New for 2023 on Ram ProMaster is the segment exclusive rear roll-up door to satisfy the cargo loading and unloading required for vocational and delivery customers alike. The roll-up door is constructed with anodized aluminum for weight optimization and durability to meet high duty cycles.
The new 2023 Ram ProMaster features the next-generation 3.6L Pentastar V-6 engine and is paired to a segment-exclusive TorqueFlite 9-speed automatic transmission. This combination produces 276 hp and 250 lb.-ft. of torque. All ProMaster models come with a front-wheel-drive system.
Ram Commercial will introduce a battery-electric ProMaster in 2023 in response to strong customer demand. More information will be available at a later date.
Amazon will be the first commercial customer for Stellantis’ new Ram ProMaster battery-electric vehicle, launching in 2023. Stellantis, with input from Amazon, designed the vehicle with unique last-mile delivery features. Amazon will deploy the vehicles to routes across the United States. Building on the current relationship and as part of the long-term agreement, Stellantis and Amazon will be putting thousands of BEV ProMasters on the road every year.
An updated front-end design features standard halogen or available LED headlights and fog lights with improved designs and durability. For 2023, a new, available, super high roof configuration on the 13-foot cargo van adds 10 inches of headroom when compared to the next configuration.
A roll-up door is also available on the back of the vehicle and enables easier parcel handling for those whose job focuses on final mile delivery.
ProMaster’s safety feature list continues to grow for 2023 and now offers Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist. This system uses ultrasonic sensors to guide the driver in and out of parking spaces, making life easier for delivery drivers whose daily route takes them through congested city streets. The new 2023 ProMaster includes the most standard safety features ever offered on Ram's full-size commercial van, including Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning, Crosswind Assist, rear backup camera with dynamic gridlines, post collision braking, Drowsiness Detection, Traffic Sign Recognition, push-button starter, keyless entry (all doors), and an electric parking brake.
Optional safety features include the aforementioned Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, Intelligent Speed Assist, Lane Keep Assist, Traffic Sign Information, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Active Drive Assist system, front parking sensors, auto high-beams, and cornering function fog lamps and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
According to Ram, the most requested improvement requested by large-van customers is better visibility around the vehicle. ProMaster features a standard high-resolution backup camera with dynamic grid lines. The available digital rearview mirror displays video in real time in all driving modes from a rear-facing camera and can be turned off to revert back to a traditional reflective mirror. The digital rearview mirror is available on all ProMaster models and provides an unobstructed rear view that enhances safety and reduces downtime.
An additional safety and security feature available on the 2023 Ram ProMaster is 360-degree Surround View camera. The system offers 360-degree, bird’s-eye views of the vehicle and its surroundings, enhanced by dynamic grid lines displayed on a 7-inch or 10-inch digital touchscreen.
Active Driving Assist provides Level 2 (L2) automated driving capability. The 2023 Ram ProMaster is available with Active Driving Assist for hands-on-wheel and eyes-on-road automated driving using lane centering with adaptive cruise control. The system uses multiple sensors, including radars and cameras to dictate appropriate roads for the technology.
Additional fleet-friendly technology includes Ram Telematics that enables vehicle tracking and driver behavior data to help reduce fuel costs, improve route efficiency and promote safe driving. Ram Telematics also offers real-time vehicle diagnostics and performance data.
The standard Telematics Module enables nearly 50 service functions on ProMaster, including Firmware Over the Air (FOTA) updates, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Alexa & Google Home-to-Vehicle Assistant and Apps Over the Air (AOTA). ProMaster benefits from maps that automatically detect and download relevant OTA updates. Last-mile navigation provides walking directions from vehicle to final destination via Uconnect companion smartphone app.
Alexa home-to-truck and truck-to-home functionality includes an in-vehicle virtual assistant as well. These features and technology help the Ram ProMaster’s interior evolve, offering improved functionality and similar comfort and convenience seen in the Ram 1500 and heavy-duty trucks. Function is of primary importance for a light commercial vehicle in which the driver normally spends long hours at the wheel, often under demanding conditions.
The new Ram ProMaster features a standard upfitter electrical connector and an integrated cab configuration for upfitter/conversion solutions. Adding to the new ProMaster’s design for adaptability, virtually all primary vehicle systems are packaged forward of the cargo area. The new 2023 Ram ProMaster can be upfitted for virtually every conceivable commercial need because of a unique front-drive system, body-integral construction and the multiple configurations offered, according to the manufacturer.
Ram ProMaster offers a Crew Van package available in six different high roof cargo van models and is capable of carrying up to three passengers in the second row. Fixed polycarbonate windows (driver side panel and sliding door), a built-in safety partition and an elevated second-row bench seat are also included. The Ram ProMaster Crew Van is specifically tailored to meet the needs of customers transporting people and cargo at the same time.
In Cargo Van configuration, with cargo lengths of 8 feet, 10 feet, 12 feet and 13.5 feet, ProMaster features up to 12 foldaway tie-down rings with 1,000-lb. rating to maintain a flat floor and five sidewall tie-down rings with 550-lb. rating, easing loading and unloading operations. Available partitions also offer passengers excellent protection against the possibility of load shift in the cabin.Ram ProMaster has been thoroughly reinvented to efficiently meet the multitude of specific customer needs in the vocational and delivery space.
Originally posted on Work Truck Online