After 25 years of building minivans the first Ram Cargo Van has rolled out of Chrysler's Windsor Assembly Plant. The new for 2012 Ram C/V is based on the Caravan minivan, but it has been updated to handle commercial duty.

The Ram Cargo Van also receives a unique hydraulic power-assist rack-and-pinion steering, and a heavy-duty suspension treatment featuring a front sway bar, and rear twist-beam axle with coil springs to give it an 1800 pound payload and a 3600 pound towing capacity. Maximum Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) is 8,750 lb. A heavy-duty radiator and transmission oil cooler have been added to help meet hauling and towing demands placed on the drivetrain.

Chrysler has also blessed the Ram Cargo Van with electronic stability control (ESC), commercial load-tuned tire-pressure monitoring (TPM), and four-wheel anti-lock disc brake system (ABS) for safety.

Its 25 mile per gallon fuel rating offers a theoretical 500-mile range from its 20 gallon fuel tank.

Source: Chrysler