Originally Posted by Foxmaster
After Mits. Fuso and Ford fiberglass body SMB has been started working on Dodge promaster. Red top is test top. Right now team working on floor, side walls and cabinets. It will be budget vehicle, about $10000 less then Econoline.
Thanks for update. A budget Class B is a great idea, particularly if it can double as an everyday vehicle or as an occasional second car due to the smaller size and improved fuel economy. Or as a vehicle that blurs the line between travel van and full camper. However, since the cost difference between an Econoline and a ProMaster does not appear to be around $10,000, I'm wondering what will make this van a "budget" vehicle. In other words, what content will be eliminated to reduce cost?
By the way, the top looks like it extends further up on cab area than I'm used to seeing. If that's the case and it's not an optical illusion due to photo's angle, why the difference? Is the penthouse borrowed from another model, or is it longer due to van's flatter roof line, or what? My understanding was that ProMasters would have a wider penthouse due to wider roof than Ford and Chevy. Don't know how it compares to Sprinter but expect PM roof is wider than Sprinter also.
In any case I've been looking forward to SMB's ProMaster development program.