There are no major changes to the E-Series for 2007, but there are a host of refinements. Thanks to a new, larger rear anti-roll bar and driveshaft, the gross vehicle weight rating for E-150 models has increased to more than 8,500 pounds. In addition to three new colors, Van and Wagon models with rear-step or contour bumpers now offer an available Reverse Sensing System. Also, regular-length E-350 Wagon models with the 5.4-liter engine now offer Roll Stability Control, while electronic throttle control and an engine oil cooler are now standard on all E-Series models.
Ford originally rolled out the E-Series as the Econoline back in 1960 as a 1961 model. In the 46 years since then, Ford has built more than 6 million E-Series vehicles, and for the past 27 years in a row, the E-Series has been America's best-selling fullsize van. It was last redesigned in 1993, but has undergone annual enhancements since.
The E-Series comes in a wide variety of configurations, including Commercial Van and Recreational Van models in regular and Super Duty versions. It also comes as a family utility Wagon in three trim levels: base XL, up-level XLT, and the more luxurious Chateau. Cutaway and Stripped Chassis versions are also available. E-Series models come in regular and extended lengths, offering a maximum of 236.5 cubic feet and 275.1 cubic feet of rear cargo space, respectively. Maximum seating capacity is 15.
The E-Series cargo area has a special double-wall design to protect exterior sheet metal from damage caused by shifting cargo. Ford offers different storage systems to customize the cargo area. Its EconoCargo system utilizes durable high-density polyethylene panels to help protect cargo. The panels are insulated to help maintain temperature levels and reduce noise to the passenger area. Another storage system is Masterack-a work-bin rack system with steel shelving, drawers, and cabinets. A full-width safety partition provides work-area access from the passenger compartment. Ford's QuietFlex Racks and Bins system is similar, but made of composite material for a quieter, more flexible storage arrangement, including a lockable composite bulkhead.
Several engine options are available on the E-Series, depending on the model selected; three are Triton gasoline-powered, single-overhead-cam engines: a 225-hp, 4.6-liter V-8; a 255-hp, 5.4-liter V-8; and a 305-hp, 6.8-liter V-10. A 6.0-liter V-8 Power Stroke diesel engine is also available. It generates 235 hp and a potent 440 lb.-ft. of torque. Depending on the engine and setup, E-Series vehicles can tow from 6,100 to 10,000 pounds.
The Ford E-Series competes in the Large Van segment, which consists of four models. Buyers in this segment look for comfort, performance, and quality, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Ford E-Series (180,457 units sold), Chevrolet Express (123,195), and GMC Savana (29,973). The Ford E-Series' 180,457 sales in 2006 represent an increase of 0.5 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Large Van segment include the Dodge Sprinter.
|Commercial||4 speed automatic||$23,380||225-hp / 4.6L 8-cyl||0/0|
|Recreational||4 speed automatic||$25,665||225-hp / 4.6L 8-cyl||0/0|