Ram Truck this week started production of its newest commercial vehicle, the 2014 ProMaster van, according to Chrysler Group LLC.
MLive.com reported that the Auburn Hills, Mich.-based automaker is producing the vehicle, which debuted at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show in February, at its Saltillo Van Assembly Plant in Coahuilla in Mexico.
The Fiat Ducato-based large van is available in a gasoline-fueled 3.6-liter V6 and a “torque-laden,” I-4 EcoDiesel engine, which generates peak torque of 295 lb.-ft. at 1,400 rpm, according to the company. The engines are paired, respectively, with a proven six-speed automatic transmission and an electronically controlled six-speed automated manual.
The new large van is expected to be a direct competitor of Ford’s new lineup of commercial vans, including the full-size 2014 Transit Connect and Transit, which also offers a diesel engine option.
The ProMaster is available in an array of cabs and lengths, starting at about $26,000 for the ProMaster Cutaway.