The Ram Commerical brand has pulled back the covers on its updated Ram ProMaster for the 2022 model year. It marks the first major update for the ProMaster since the Class 2 commercial van hit the market in October 2013. Based on the successful European Fiat Ducato, the Ram ProMaster was given a North American-based powertrain amongst other small tweaks to help establish it in North America.
Going into the 2022 model year, the ProMaster comes to the plate offering even more safety features, more connectivity, an all-new interior, and even more efficiency for its customer base.
“Ram ProMaster continues to evolve as we listen and respond to customer input, and delivers an unmatched combination of advanced connectivity, interior comfort, refinement, and safety features,” said Mike Koval Jr., Ram Brand CEO. “Ram Commercial continues to focus solely on building the best trucks and commercial vans that allow us to deliver confidence for hardworking people every day, no matter their line of work.”
For 2022, the Ram ProMaster receives the updated version of the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. It still has 280 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, but is now is mated to the more smooth-shifting 948TE 9-speed automatic transmission rather than the aging 62TE 6-speed automatic. The new combo improves the Ram ProMaster’s fuel economy by 9% over the 2021 model.
A unique transmission calibration allows for outstanding vehicle launch characteristics with smooth transfer between gears and enhanced fuel efficiency. Other enhancements offered include improved drivability, efficiency, and shift pattern logic. Shift logic is adjusted according to grade steepness. ProMaster’s new 4.08 final-drive ratio enables comfortable grade transit under full payload. Small ratio steps for mid-range gears ensure quick, smooth transitions between gears. In higher gears, overdriven gear ratios lower engine speeds, and in turn, enhance fuel efficiency. The transmission more readily adopts the most appropriate ratio for a given driving situation.
ProMaster’s new electric rack-and-pinion power steering system has been carefully calibrated to deliver a natural steering feel and allows for variable amounts of steering assistance to be applied. The electric power steering system achieves a best-in-class turning diameter of 36.3 feet, reduces maintenance, and only draws power from the vehicle when needed, enabling the engine to be more fuel-efficient. All ProMaster models continue to come with class-exclusive front-wheel-drive.
Ram ProMaster continues to feature up to 6,910 lbs. (3,134 kilograms) of towing capability and a best-in-class 4,680 lbs. (2,123 kilograms) of payload.
Ram has announced that it will offer an all-battery electric ProMaster in 2023. More information will be released at a later date, but we expect it to be very similar to the recently released Fiat E-Ducato commercial van in Europe.
For 2022, Ram ProMaster now 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 the Cargo Van configuration with cargo lengths of 8, 10, 12, and 13.5 feet (2.5, 3, 3.7, and 4.1 meters), ProMaster features up to 12 tie-down rings with 1,000-lb. rating fold away 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.
Although the 2022 Ram ProMaster doesn’t share its exterior appearance with its much more appealing Fiat Ducato sibling, a majority of the changes lay inside the ProMaster’s interior. All-new features and technology help the Ram ProMaster’s interior evolve, offering improved functionality and similar comfort and convenience seen in other commercial offerings within the Ram lineup.
ProMaster’s new interior was designed with amplified comfort and convenience in mind and boasts a push-button starter, keyless entry for all doors, and an available new leather-wrapped steering wheel with enhanced hand grips. Ram Commercial’s interior designers also updated the steering wheel with significant electronic system control capability, the shifter, air vents, and incorporated redundant HVAC controls and an electronic parking brake. A standard 7-inch Uconnect 5 touchscreen display or an available 10-inch Uconnect 5 touchscreen is the centerpiece of ProMaster’s updated interior.
As a segment disrupter, the Uconnect 5 with a 10-inch touchscreen leads the way in technology, featuring split-screen capability and content from SiriusXM with 360L. The all-new Uconnect 5 system is five times faster than the system it replaces, featuring Wi-Fi capability and up to five individual user profiles. This new system brings flexibility that allows for ProMaster to continuously evolve and offer new content, features, and services.
Functionality is enhanced for front-row passengers with an available wireless charging pad and connectivity ports that are configured for quick recognition. The 2022 Ram ProMaster features two USB outlets (one fully functional, one charge-only) plus standard dual USB Type C ports, which allow devices to charge up to four times faster. An optional 115-volt/150-watt outlet sits right below the USBs.
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 new, 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).
For 2022, ProMaster also includes the most safety features ever offered on Ram’s full-size commercial van with standard safety features like 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 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-sensitive windshield wipers.
An additional safety and security feature, available on the 2022 Ram ProMaster, is a 360-degree Surround View camera. The system offers 360-degree, bird’s-eye views of the vehicle and its surroundings, enhanced by dynamic gridlines displayed on the 7-inch or 10-inch digital touchscreen.
Carried over from 2021, is the available digital rearview mirror which displays video showing 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.
Active Driving Assist provides Level 2 (L2) automated driving capability and affirms the company’s march toward an autonomous future. The 2022 Ram ProMaster is available with a class-exclusive 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.
ProMaster features a standard 3.5-inch driver information display in the instrument cluster. Fuel gauge and digital coolant temperature display are strategically placed for easy reference while driving, and the sharp, crisp display is easily customizable to showcase preset information of the driver’s choice.
The driver can customize the reconfigurable 3.5-inch driver information display touchscreen by scrolling through menus using the steering-wheel-mounted controls. Available menus include speedometer, vehicle information, fuel economy, trip, information, audio, stored messages, screen setup and settings, and turn-by-turn navigation if the vehicle is equipped with navigation.
In addition to the standard 3.5-inch driver information display, the 2022 Ram ProMaster features an available 7-inch, full-color information display. This reconfigurable display enables the driver to personalize information inside the instrument cluster. The display is designed to visually communicate information, using graphics and text, quickly and easily.
The driver information display offers a wide range of customization options, from basic speed readout to specific vehicle status information. The operation of the display is clearly communicated to users with easy-to-understand icons and instructions. Using buttons on the steering wheel, drivers can customize the screen with as much as or as little information as they desire. The intuitive system can be arranged for a variety of views.
According to sources close to MoparInsiders.com, Ram has added a third shift to its Saltillo Van Assembly Plant which manufacturers Ram ProMaster and will be adding an additional 4 units per hour.
The 2022 Ram ProMaster will be arriving in Ram Commercial dealers in the fourth quarter of 2021.
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