The Ram Commercial brand surprised the attendance at the National Truck Equipment Association’s (NTEA) Work Truck Week trade show in Indianapolis, Indiana this morning, by introducing its updated full-size 2023 Ram ProMaster. After updating the powertrain and interior for the 2022 model year, Ram has now updated what most have criticized to be the weak point of the ProMaster – it’s exterior styling.
“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 CEO. “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.”
Adapting its styling elements from its corporate cousin the Fiat Ducato, the Ram ProMaster now features a much more modern exterior design aesthetic.
The updated front-end design features standard halogen or available LED headlights and fog lights with improved designs and durability. The standard halogen headlights provide 29% more Lumens (15% more range) versus the previous light while the available LED headlights offer 70% more Lumens (50% more range). The three-piece front fascia was thoughtfully constructed with the headlights positioned out of the low-speed collision zone. A modular bumper with an integrated step to assist in changing wiper blades and cleaning the windshield is also standard.
A new bold take on the R-A-M grille has also been introduced, blending its design with the modern look of the Ram 1500, 2500/3500 Heavy Duty, and 3500/4500/5500 Heavy Duty Chassis Cab models.
For 2023, there is also a new, super-high roof configuration on the 13-foot cargo van that adds 10 inches of headroom when compared to the next configuration and best-in-class cargo volume and cargo height. 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.
For those customers wanting a little more style, there is now an optional Black Appearance Package. The package includes a blacked-out grille, black badging, and a set of black aluminum wheels. Speaking of wheels, customers can now choose from either Black-machined face or Silver wheels. But that isn’t all, there are also two new colors for the 2023 model year with the introduction of Ceramic Gray and Spitfire Orange.
Safety & Tech –
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.
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 gridlines. 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 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 a 7-inch or 10-inch digital touchscreen.
Active Driving Assist provides Level 2 (L2) automated driving capability and affirms the company’s march toward an autonomous future. The 2023 Ram ProMaster is available with 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.
The Uconnect 5 with a 10-inch touchscreen leads the way in technology, featuring split-screen capability and content from SiriusXM with 360L. The Uconnect 5 system is five times faster than the system it replaces, featuring Wi-Fi capability and up to five individual user profiles. This system brings flexibility that allows for ProMaster to continuously evolve and offer new content, features, and services.
The Uconnect 5 system offers more connected services and features for unmatched ease of use. The suite of system highlights includes:
- 7- and 10-inch reconfigurable touchscreen displays featuring split-screen capability for dual application operation
- Fully customizable home screen for quick access to frequently used features and one-touch operation
- Five user profiles – customizable music preferences, apps, mirror angles, and climate comfort levels
- Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Alexa In-Vehicle Assistant allows for remote vehicle start-up, the ability to lock or unlock the doors, play music, add items to the to-do list, check the news, weather, traffic, and sports scores in real-time
- Simultaneous wireless connectivity for 2 Bluetooth-enabled phones or devices.
- Expanded connected services (Uconnect Market, Uconnect mobile app)
- SiriusXM 360L platform and Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora
- TomTom navigation with predictive search, natural speak, and live traffic updates
- Maps over-the-air (OTA) updates at the push of a button for the Uconnect NAV system
- 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connects up to 8 wireless devices
Functionality is enhanced for front-row passengers with an available wireless charging pad and connectivity ports that are configured for quick recognition. The 2023 Ram ProMaster features a standard 12-volt power outlet and a fully functional USB outlet plus a standard USB Type C port that 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 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 the Uconnect companion smartphone app. Alexa home-to-truck and truck-to-home functionality include 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. The 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. ProMaster’s interior was designed with amplified comfort and convenience in mind and boasts a push-button starter, keyless entry for all doors, and a steering wheel with significant electronic system control capability. A standard 7-inch touchscreen display or an available 10-inch touchscreen is the centerpiece of ProMaster’s updated interior.
Ram Commercial is well known for being the most upfitter-friendly brand on the truck market. The new Ram ProMaster continues the tradition and features a standard upfitter electrical connector and an integrated cab configuration for unmatched 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. The most vertically oriented sidewalls in the cargo van category (nearly 90 degrees in relation to the cargo compartment floor) combined with a best-in-class cargo width of 75.6 inches culminate over 500 cubic feet of cargo space.
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.
The updated 2023 Ram ProMaster features the next-generation 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and is paired to a segment-exclusive TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic transmission. This combination produces 276 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque. All ProMaster models come with a class-exclusive, front-wheel-drive system.
Ram will introduce a battery-electric vehicle (BEV) 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 BEV. 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.
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 Q3 of 2022.
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