First marketed in 1961, the E-Series wagons haven’t changed substantially since 1997, and Ford’s sticking with tried-and-true for 2007, with only minor changes. AdvanceTrac stability program with roll stability control is now optional on the E-350 regular wagon; previously it was only sold as standard equipment on the E-350 extended version. There’s a new upgraded stabilizer bar on the E-150, an engine oil cooler is standard on all models, a power driver’s seat is standard on the E-150 Chateau, and a reverse sensing system is available.
Also available as a cargo van in E-150, E-250 and E-350 versions, the passenger (window) E-Series is available as the E-150 and E-350 in XL, XLT and Chateau trim, and the E-350 Extended in XL and XLT. Engine choices on passenger vans are a 4.6-litre V8, 5.4-litre V8 and 6.0-litre Power Stroke diesel.
For consumer use, standard equipment includes 16-inch wheels with full wheel covers, air conditioning, vinyl floor covering, tilt wheel, dual bucket seats, power mirrors, power locks and windows, keyless remote, CD with six speakers and cruise control. Available options include chrome bumpers, carpeting with floor mats, aluminum wheels, trailer tow package, privacy glass, six-CD stereo, and running boards.
While the E-Series is meant more for commercial than consumer use, it still finds favour with those who need towing capability with lots of interior space. Competitors’ vehicles in the segment include the Dodge Sprinter, Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana.