Chrysler has officially confirmed that Ram will develop an all-new large van for the US market based on the Fiat Ducato. The commercial rig will go on sale in the third quarter of next year, joining the Ram C/V on the company's professional van line. Expect to see the Promaster face off against the Ford Transit and revised Chevrolet Express.

Chrysler is pretty skimpy on details when it comes to the Promaster, but it has said the vehicle will make use of "familiar Ram Truck styling cues." The van will reportedly also bow with powertrains targeted specifically at the North American market.

Chrysler and Ram made the announcement ahead of the LA Auto Show alongside news that the company will launch a new Ram commercial truck division.

As you may recall, Ram trademarked the Promaster name back in September alongside a slew of other monikers. You can read the brief press release below for more information.
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Ram Truck Confirms All-new Large Van

Ram Truck today announced that it will develop a new large van for the North American market, which will go on sale beginning 3rd quarter 2013.

Joining the smaller, but highly capable Ram C/V as an additional van offering, the 2014 Ram ProMaster will compete with other full-size commercial vans.

"The Ram ProMaster further strengthens our commercial lineup, offering a full line of work trucks and vans," said Fred Diaz, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group LLC. "As the Ram Truck Brand continues to gain share and grow sales in the retail truck market, we will be just as aggressive in our goal to be a commercial truck market leader."

"We feel that from a product-feature and launch timing standpoint, the all-new Ram ProMaster van is going to be a home run with commercial customers," added Diaz. "Our relationship with Fiat, one of the world's foremost commercial truck makers, has given us access to great products and technology that will resonate with our U.S. and Canadian Ram Truck customers."

Based on the successful Fiat Ducato, the Ram ProMaster will be significantly redesigned with familiar Ram Truck styling cues, offering features and powertrains preferred by North American commercial customers.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Make it a good competitor to the Sprinter, it really needs a small diesel. One way they could differentiate themselves is to add AWD, that would make it a great all season family van. I'm excited to see how this turns out!
      Street King
      • 2 Years Ago
      This makes a solid buisness case for two important reasons, 1 - There are "Dodge" Sprinter customers still out and about that will buy this as a commercial replacement because its pretty much a newer style of the same type of van and 2 - work vans you can actually stand up in are few and far between (Sprinter being the only other) but still in great demand. If this has the fleet pricing and economy to go along with it ( and it will ) they will mop up FedEx, UPS etc nevermind the general contractors, bakeries, class B motorhome manufacturers etc. Total no brainer. Plus back to the Sprinter...what tradesman or contactor wants to hang out at a Mercedes dealership in his work clothes where the entire staff looks like they're dressed for a wedding? lol
      Benjamin Roethig
      • 2 Years Ago
      A FWD only van with only 4 cyl engines has zero chance of success in the US. With the Transit, ford is selling it RWD only and designed the engine compartment for the EcoBoost V6 and most likely a lion diesel. This won't sell enough units to make the FMVSS conversion worthwhile. It was a major mistake basing this off of the Ducato instead of the Daily.
        fred schumacher
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Benjamin Roethig
        As a past Fedex Ground driver, I think you're wrong on RWD. I would have loved to have had a FWD van like the Ducato. It's wider than a Sprinter, has lower floor height, because of FWD, which means less fatigue during a day of hundreds of times climbing in and out of the van, and better traction on country roads in winter. The International and Ford RWD vans had abysmal winter traction, plus they were oversprung and would only ride steady with a heavy load on. Modern common rail turbo diesels produce plenty of torque. They're very tractable engines, which is what counts. For heavier loads, Chrysler will probably be bringing over the Iveco Daily RWD vans. For under 10,000 pound GVW, I'll choose FWD over RWD any day.
      Mike Lee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Okay . . . so . . . Dodge vehicles are going to become even UGLIER than with Fiat's first influence on what they assume to be "American" taste (the Dart)? Well, then that ends my interest in anything from Chrysler from now on.
      Bill Burke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ram--- as stated, Chrysler's "ace in the hole". Bye, bye Ford, look out GM, Chrysler is holding a potential winning hand.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        So the strategy of said "ace in the hole" is to take a van from another company, slap your logo on it, and watch Ford and GM die a slow and agonizing death? It's been ages since the introduction of a utility van has been considered "a potential winning hand".
          Bill Burke
          • 2 Years Ago
          We shall see K, we shall see. I stand by my prediction: Chrysler will be number two and both Ford and Chrysler will be breathing down GM's back as all three battle for #1. The whole Ram line will boost Chrysler and yes the return of Ram to the van market with a variety of Fiat spin-offs will be significant. I'll take two cards, opps... vans and raise you K.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        OK Yeah, A hediuos looking piece of crab from Fiat badged as a Ram, front wheel drive, going to take on the TUFF RWD heavy Duty FORD Transit!!. Good Luck. It couldnt do it in Europe, You think it can do it here!!??. Sales projection: 20 Transit for 1 Ducato:)
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love me some funky euro vans!
      Christopher Carey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here's a pic of the familiar "RAM styling ques". Loose the super high headlights and get a real diesel.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Christopher Carey
        I like the fact that the RAM styling cues are limited to the badge, whereas the rest of the styling cues remain straight off of the Ducato.
      • 2 Years Ago
      4 cylinder, 6 cylinder, diesel, RWD and AWD. Offer these options and this van will do VERY well. Is it just me, or is the Dodge/Ram/Fiat doing all the right moves lately?
        Bill Burke
        • 2 Years Ago
        Naw, it's not just you, they are on a roll. This is the start of a "Ram Revolution" in the truck market.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Glad to see they didn't save the awkward styling only for Italy!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe washington auto-cartel import motorhomes from europe....most average 20+mpg.....rather than supporting oil-terrorist.....
      • 2 Years Ago Awww yea! Ducato, meet your funny car brother.
      • 2 Years Ago
      You think with the engine options in a class b or c motorhome config it could pull a 2 door jeep wrangler behind it?
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