A new line of work trucks and van is set to crash the U.S. market in 2013.

Ram Trucks, a subsidiary of Chrysler (which is owned by Italian carmaker Fiat), will introduce the Ram Commercial lineup of vehicles next year — and one of its first entries in the space will reportedly be the Ram ProMaster, an as-yet-unveiled van modeled on the popular Fiat Ducato (pictured), set to be released in the fall.

What does this mean for the Nissan NV, Mercedes Sprinter, Ford Transit Connect, and the ever-present Chevy Express?

Ram has been tight-lipped so far on specs for the new full-size ProMaster, saying only that the power-train will be comparable to other full-size vans in the United States, such as the Chevy Express and Ford E-Series.

“We feel that from a prouct-feature and launch-timing standpoint, the all-new Ram ProMaster van is going to be a home run with commercial customers,” Fred Diaz, the president and CEO of Ram Truck brand, said in a release. “Our relationship with Fiat, one of the world’s foremost commercial truck makers, has given us access to great products and technology that will resonate with our U.S. and Canadian Ram Truck customers.”

Ram Commercial will also include the Ram C/V Tradesman cargo van, the Ram 1500, the Ram Power Wagon, and Ram 2500/3500 Heavy Duty Tradesman models.

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