Ram’s full-size commercial vans now feature a nine-speed automatic transmission, an available 10.0-inch touchscreen, and many driver assists.
The 2022 Ram ProMaster commercial van boasts a host of new driver-assistance technology, improved infotainment features, and some notable mechanical upgrades.
While the ProMaster’s outward appearance is unchanged, its dashboard undergoes a big transformation. The van’s center stack has been drastically redesigned, with a newly standard 7.0-inch touchscreen supplanting the old 5.0-inch unit. An even larger 10.0-inch touchscreen is now available, too.
Both upgraded systems feature Uconnect5 software, which enables over-the-air updates and includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Amazon Alexa voice assistant, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Plus, there are now more charging ports, including two USB and two USB Type-C ports. A 115-volt outlet and a wireless device charger are also available.VAN LIFE2021 Mercedes-Benz SprinterBest Minivans and Vans of 2021Weirdest Minivans of All Time
Along with the new infotainment interfaces, the center stack welcomes revised HVAC controls that look sleeker than the old rotary knobs.
Below that is a new panel of switches for the hazard lights, traction-control system, and more.
To the left, there’s now a snazzier and more pronounced shift lever. Additionally, there’s a new steering wheel adorned with more physical controls, and the driver now faces a modernized instrument panel with either a 3.5- or 7.0-inch digital display.
An electronic parking brake, push-button start, and keyless entry for all doors are all new additions. Plus, there’s a new Crew Van package that includes a second row of seats for up to three passengers, but it’s only available on the cargo van.
In terms of driver-assistance technology, the 2022 ProMaster adds an array of new ones. While last year’s models introduced a handful of active safety equipment, such as automated emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring, the roster of available tech has substantially grown.
It now includes a 360-degree camera, automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, front parking sensors, and more. Thanks to the switch from a hydraulic steering system to an electronically assisted one, lane-keeping assist is also newly available.
As before, the 2022 ProMaster is available in myriad configurations that include two roof heights and three wheelbase lengths. However, availability varies between 1500, 2500, and 3500 versions of the cargo van, window van, chassis cab, and cutaway.
Every ProMaster is still powered by a transverse-mounted 3.6-liter V-6 making 280 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, but it now feeds the front wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission versus a six-speed unit.
Ram says the new automatic helps improve fuel efficiency and deliver smoother gearchanges. The nine-speed also has a higher final-drive ratio (4.08) than its six-speed predecessor (3.86).
The ’22 ProMaster has a max tow rating of 6910 pounds and a max payload rating of 4680 pounds.
Ram hasn’t yet announced pricing for the 2022 ProMaster commercial lineup, but we don’t think prices will rise much compared with the previous model year when they go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year.
Ram has also revealed that it’ll introduce a fully electric variant of the ProMaster in 2023.
It’ll face-off against Ford’s forthcoming e-Transit, which is expected to have a range of up to 126 miles.