What Changed for 2008:
- New front-end styling inspired by Ford Super Duty pickup
- Revised front suspension, rear shock absorbers and brakes for improved handling
- Steering redesigned for lower effort and better on-center feel
- Power Stroke diesel no longer offered
- Increased maximum gross vehicle weight rating (14,500 pounds) and front gross axle weight rating (5000 pounds)
- XLT Premium model replaces Chateau
- New E-Guard double-locking system for cargo doors
- New available traction control system
- Revised seats for passenger vans with integrated 3-point belts for center seating positions
's E-Series full-size van has been the best-selling full-size van in the U.S. since 1980, according to Ford, accounting for nearly 50 percent of full-size van and cutaway sales in 2006 by the company's figures. The 2008 model year marks the first major alteration to the E-Series since 1992, and only the fifth major revision since Ford introduced its first flat-nose van nearly 50 years ago.
The 2008 E-Series is not a completely new design. Rather, Ford has grafted a Super Duty-like nose that offers bold styling while increasing airflow to the engine, according to the company. Though all sheetmetal forward of the windshield pillars is new, Ford notes that other sheetmetal, including doors and seat mounting points, are unchanged, which will save third-party companies that use the E-Series cutaway as a base for everything from ambulances to Class C RVs the cost of major re-tooling, the company claims. Suspension, steering and braking changes improve the E-Series' ride, Ford says, while increasing the carrying capacities of its heavy-duty version.Model Lineup
Ford offers the 2008 E-Series van in several configurations. Passenger versions are available in E-150 and E-350 Super Duty (SD) form, with higher numbers denoting higher carrying capacities, as well as the extended-length (15-passenger) E-350 SE. Cargo vans come in E-150, E-250 SD, and E-350 SD forms as well as extended-length E-250 SE and E-350 SE. Ford also makes cutaway chassis versions of the E-350 and E-450 with varying wheelbases and single- or dual-rear-wheel configurations.
Passenger vans come in XL and XLT trim levels. The XL includes front air conditioning, AM/FM radio, and vinyl seats and floor covering. An interior upgrade package adds cloth seats and carpeting, power windows and locks, better sound insulation, and improved interior trim. The XLT includes cloth seats and carpeting, CD player, power mirrors, windows and locks, and cruise control. A new XLT Premium package replaces the 2007 model's Chateau trim level. It includes front and rear leather captain's chairs, power driver's seat, remote keyless entry, alloy wheels, and running boards.Powertrain
The base engine for the 2008 Ford E-150 and E-250 is a 4.6-liter V-8 that puts out 225 hp at 4800 rpm and 286 lb.-ft. of torque at 3500 rpm. It comes with a 4-speed automatic transmission. A 5.4-liter V-8 engine (255 hp at 4500 rpm, 350 lb.-ft. of torque at 2500 rpm) with either a 4- or 5-speed automatic transmission is optional on E-150 and E-250 and standard on E-350 and E-450. The E-350 and E-450 offer Ford's 6.8-liter Triton V-10 engine, which puts out 305 hp at 4250 rpm and 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 3250 rpm, and comes with a 5-speed automatic transmission.Safety
All 2008-model Ford E-Series vans come with driver and passenger front air bags and anti-lock brakes, while E-350 passenger models with the 5.4-liter V-8 engine get Ford's AdvanceTrac electronic stability control system with Roll Stability Control (RSC). E-Series vans without AdvanceTrac get an engine-only traction control system, or EOTC.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA
) has not subjected the 2008 Ford E-Series to either frontal- or side-impact crash tests. However, both E-150 and 15-passenger E-350 models were subjected to the government's rollover test. The E-150 received 3 out of 5 stars, while the E-350 received 2 stars.Technology
The EOTC system in the 2008 Ford E-Series uses the anti-lock brake sensors to detect wheel spin. While typical traction control systems use a combination of braking individual wheels and reducing engine torque to quell wheel spin, the EOTC system uses reduced engine torque exclusively. This simplifies the system, Ford says, and reduces brake wear and makes for a more seamless driving experience.