This is all the Ram marketing folks’ fault. At the reveal event for the ProMaster City last month, sitting there in a corner of the tent was a meticulously restored Dodge A100. Though the Ram folks made no direct comparison between the two vehicles, the seeds were planted. How do the two diminutive, scrappy vans compare?
We compared cargo versions of each van here, though passenger versions of both were/are available. Sadly, only the A100 was available in cool pickup-truck guise, though there’s always hope for the Ram.
If the ProMaster City looks a little familiar, it should. Though new to the States, it’s really a restyled version of the Fiat Doblo, a vehicle that can be seen all over Europe. The same is true of the full-size ProMaster, which is based on Fiat’s European-market Ducato.
1964 Dodge A100
Base engine: 2.8-liter (170-inch) 101-horsepower “Slant Six”
Base transmission: 3-speed manual
Wheelbase: 90 inches
Overall length: 170
Maximum payload: 2062 pounds
Cargo volume: 213 cubic feet
2015 Ram ProMaster City Tradesman
Base engine: 2.4-liter (144-inch) 178-horsepower “Tigershark”
Base Transmission: 9-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 122 inches
Overall length: 186 inches
Maximum payload: 1883 pounds
Cargo volume: 132 cubic feet