UPDATE: Comparing the disparate specification levels on commercial vehicles especially can be bewildering, but as Ram spokesman Nick Cappa points out, the ProMaster City is only offered in long-wheelbase form (unlike the Ford Transit Connect, for example, that starts in short-wheelbase spec). Just which model is the better bargain, then, is up to each customer to decide.
Need a cargo van, but nothing too big? Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could have the answer in the form of its new Ram ProMaster City. Essentially a domesticated version of the Fiat Doblo, the ProMaster City joins the Ram family as the baby brother to the larger ProMaster (née Fiat Ducato). But if you’ve been wondering how much one will set you back, Auburn Hills has now announced pricing.
The 2015 Ram ProMaster City Tradesman Cargo starts things off with a $23,130 MSRP, plus a $995 destination charge. Upgrade to the Tradesman SLT Cargo and you’ll be looking at $24,655, while the passenger-oriented Wagon and Wagon SLT start at $24,130 and $25,655 respectively (again, plus $995).
The base delivered price of $24,125 makes the new Ram ProMaster City more expensive than its competition, with the Nissan NV200 the cheapest in the segment at $21,605, the Chevy City Express starting at $22,950 and the Ford Transit Connect starting at $23,125 (all prices including destination fees).
If the price discrepancy doesn’t deter you, whichever trim and configuration you choose, you’ll be motivated by the 2.4-liter Tigershark four, offering a class-leading 178 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. Along with pricing, Chrysler has also revealed fuel economy figures of 21 miles per gallon in the city, 29 on the highway and 24 mpg on the combined cycle. Those figures give the ProMaster City the worst fuel economy in the city and on the combined cycle, but the second best on the highway (just behind the Ford’s quoted 30 mpg rating with its optional 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine).