After careful consideration, Chrysler has selected the Fiat Ducato as its Sprinter replacement, confirming earlier reports
. Despite being slightly smaller than the Sprinter, the incoming Fiat is set to join the newly-split Ram brand
as Chrysler’s full-size commercial van by 2012.
In addition to the Ducato, Chrysler will also be adding a light van to the Ram lineup. The light-duty Fiat Doblo will be in direct competition with the Ford Transit Connect, which has proven to be a refreshing insertion into an otherwise mundane U.S. van market since its summer release. Chrysler looks to cash in on van segment growth and has set high expectations: a 50-percent-increase in annual sales by 2014.
Powertrain selections for the Ducato and Doblo have yet to be announced; however, an all-electric Doblo is expected to compete with the Transit Connect EV. To help Chrysler push further into the commercial van market, dealers will have extended service hours and additional, van-specific service equipment.