The first RAM ProMaster passenger van will be unveiled next week by Chrysler Group at LCT West, the International Limousine, Charter and Tour show held in Las Vegas. According to a press release, the 15-passenger model is produced by Meridian Specialty Vehicles Inc., a Las Vegas, NV-based mid-size bus and passenger van manufacturer, and is built on the 1-ton, 159-inch-extended wheelbase model van.
The RAM ProMaster van, an upgraded North American version of the popular European Fiat Ducato, recently arrived at U.S. and Canadian RAM dealer lots as a cargo-only van. Meridian’s passenger conversion is designed specifically to provide an affordable, comfortable and spacious riding experience for a wide range of commercial passenger van applications.
Meridian will offer several models in different wheelbases, weight ratings, trim levels and passenger seating configurations. The spacious interior accommodates a 49-inch by 70-inch side sliding entry door, standard aisle-row configured seating and 74-inch finished interior ceiling height. The ProMaster passenger van also features a 22-inch entry height floor.
“We are very excited about building our front-line passenger van on the RAM ProMaster platform, primarily because of the availability of upfitter-friendly and user desirable features such as front wheel drive, low floor height, tall ceiling, highly efficient gasoline, CNG and diesel engine options to name a few”, says David Ronsen, President and CEO of Meridian Specialty Vehicles.