2021 Ram ProMaster and Ram 1500 Snow Prep Package Unveiled at The Work Truck Show
North America’s largest Work Truck event has started and will shortly end by the first week of March, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a whole lot to see. Every year, The Work Truck Show® features the latest vocational trucks, vans, vehicle components, and truck equipment from over 500 exhibitors. As we all know, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has several truck models in their lineup, but the real Work Trucks come from none other than Ram. During The Work Truck Show, Ram Truck introduced a Snow Plow Prep Package for those of the north and debuted the 2021 Ram ProMaster.
2021 Ram ProMaster
Let’s discuss the truck that affects us here in the south first. Revealed at the National Truck Equipment Association’s (NTEA) “The Work Truck Show®” in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Ram ProMaster is more than a truck though, although it can be purchased with an empty chassis to load things onto like a semi. The Ram ProMaster is actually a hardworking full-size van designed for a number of businesses, construction job sites, and commercial fleets whether used for travel or employment. There are a number of possibilities with the Ram ProMaster van, from living the #VanLife to a garage studio on wheels. It’s all thanks to the many Upfit options Ram provides for the ProMaster. It’s all a part of the Ram Commercial lineup.
“Ram Commercial was formed in 2014 and our full-size van customers have enjoyed Ram’s benchmark durability ever since…Ram Commercial continues to focus solely on trucks and commercial vehicles, allowing us to deliver confidence for hardworking people every day, no matter their line of work.” – Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand
Some new safety options have been added for the 2021 model, following the improvements made for the 2019 ProMaster model. New for 2021 is an available class-exclusive digital rearview mirror option that can replace the traditional rearview mirror with a 9.2-inch wide LCD monitor. Just like a regular mirror, this digital mirror displays everything in real-time. In case it glitches or gets smudged, the LCD monitor can be turned off and revert back to the traditional reflective mirror, so safety isn’t spared regardless.
Several other available safety options can also be found on the Promaster, such as Blind-spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path detection, Forward Collision Warning with Emergency Brake Assist, and Ambient/Courtesy Lights. The last one is more for visibility in the interior, able to enhance low interior lighting with LEDs for customers who utilize the ProMaster as a mobile office, a popular Upfit option. For those who use the ProMaster as a business on wheels, they can be sure inventory and equipment will be kept safe with the Crosswind Assist system, a standard on all 2021 Ram ProMaster models that helps the driver keep the vehicle stable.
There are several configurations available for the 2021 Ram ProMaster, with 18 different wheelbase and roof height configurations. The powertrain is made up of the popular 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and all models come with a class-exclusive front-wheel-drive train. The MSRP has yet to be announced for the 2021 Ram ProMaster, but it should be available in the later summer of 2020.
Just in case we have any northern readers, the new Ram 1500 Snow Plow Prep option is available for $195. The package adds a 220-amp alternator, truck-side plow wiring harness, and a rear power-sliding window with defroster, and removes the active air dam to make way for plow mounts. The plow, mounts and controller are sold separately from their respective manufacturers. If in need of clearing the snow, this package is available on 2021 Ram 1500 Tradesman, Big Horn and Laramie 4×4 models. Either model can be powered by a 5.7-liter HEMI® V8, 5.7-liter HEMI eTorque V8, or 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 powertrain option.
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