Ram Unveils 2023 ProMaster: New Super-High Roof Boosts Van to Best-in-Class Cargo Space


Pushing further into a more robust focus on vocational applications that began with the refresh of the ProMaster for the 2022 model year, Ram says it has completely redesigned the Class 2 full size van for 2023.

The company took the wraps off the new van Tuesday during Work Truck Week 2022 in Indianapolis. It is slated for release in the third quarter of this year.

Available in 19 configurations—including three roof heights, three wheelbases and four cargo lengths—Dave Sowers, Ram’s head of Commercial marketing, called the new ProMaster “a no compromise benchmark for durability, efficiency, advanced technology, productivity and safety features.”

We’ll get to the new exterior in a moment, but the biggest news with the 2023 ProMaster is what’s going on on the inside.

The four cargo lengths available on the 2023 ProMaster are 8, 10, 12 and 13.5 feet. On the 13.5-foot cargo van, Ram has also added a new super-high roof configuration. This new option adds a full 10 inches of headroom compared to the next-highest configuration and will give Ram the title for best-in-class cargo volume at 500 cubic feet, and cargo height.

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Powered by a next-generation Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 paired to a TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic transmission, the ProMaster delivers 276 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque. The front-wheel-drive van can tow up to 6,910 pounds and can haul 4,680 pounds of payload.

Another nice addition for 2023 is an optional roll-up rear door. Available only with the 13.5-foot cargo van with super high roof, Sowers says the door was a big request from customers and will be welcomed in particular by those using the ProMaster for parcel delivery.

The new super high roof configuration in concert with sidewalls that are nearly 90 degrees perpendicular to the van’s cargo floor, and a best-in-class cargo width of 75.6 inches, give the 2023 Ram ProMaster more than 500 cubic feet of cargo space.

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Ram says the van was also designed with upfitting in mind with all primary vehicle systems packaged forward of the cargo area. Sowers says this means it can be “upfitted for virtually every conceivable commercial need.” The van can be used to transport either cargo and/or people thanks to an available Mopar three passenger bench seat for the second row.

ProMaster also features up to 12 foldaway tie-down rings with 1,000-lb. rating, and five sidewall tie-down rings with a 550-lb. rating.

Ram unveiled the 2023 ProMaster van at Work Truck Week 2022 in Indianapolis.Ram unveiled the 2023 ProMaster van at Work Truck Week 2022 in Indianapolis.Wayne Grayson

The exterior of the van has gotten a redesign as well, with a completely new front end highlighted by standard halogen headlamps that are 29% brighter and provided 15% more range. The optional LED headlights are 70% brighter than the previous model and offer 50% more range. The front bumper of the van includes an integrated step to assist in cleaning the windshield and changing wiper blades.

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Technology and safety improvements

But this new ProMaster isn’t all about cargo. Ram has packed the 2023 ProMaster with a ton of technology for meaningful improvements to operator comfort and safety.

Sowers says the new ProMaster offers the most standard safety features of any Ram full-size commercial van. They include:

Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning

Crosswind Assist

Rear backup camera with dynamic gridlines

Post collision braking

Drowsiness Detection

Traffic Sign Recognition

push-button start

Keyless entry (all doors)

electric parking brake

Ram is also making a variety of optional safety features available as well, including the new Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, which uses ultrasonic sensors to guide a driver into and out of parking spaces. 

Ram says customers also requested more visibility around the van, so they’ve tied the standard rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines to an optional digital rear view mirror. This digital mirror displays a real time video feed from the rear camera in all driving modes. With a flick of a switch, the digital mirror quickly reverts to a traditional reflective mirror.

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Ram has also added a 360-degree surround view camera system on the 2023 ProMaster as well, giving bird’s-eye views of the vehicle on a 7-inch or 10-inch touchscreen.

The full optional safety feature list is as follows:

360-degree Surround View camera system

Digital rear view mirror

Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist

Intelligent Speed Assist

Lane Keep Assist

Traffic Sign Information

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go

Active Drive Assist system with Level 2 automated driving capability

Front parking sensors

Auto high-beams

Cornering function fog lamps

Rain-sensing windshield wipers

Telematics connectivity comes standard on the van, enabling nearly 50 service functions, including over the air updates, vehicle tracking, driver behavior data, real-time vehicle diagnostics and performance data.

The 2023 Ram ProMaster is also outfitted with Uconnect 5 infotainment system, which Ram says it five times faster than the system it replaces. As mentioned before it’s available in 7- and 10-inch touchscreens, while the 10-inch supports split-screen functionality for running multiple apps on-screen at the same time. Uconnect 5 also supports Alexa, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Siri’sXM, TomTom navigation, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi for up to eight devices.

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For powering up or charging devices, Ram features a standard 12V outlet, USB port and a USB-C port. A 115-volt/150-watt outlet can be installed below the USB ports as an available option.

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