CHANGES FOR 2013:
Going into the 2013 model year, the stalwart E-Series (or Econoline for those of you who remember the name) doesn’t receive any attention. Instead, the van is just putting in time as it awaits its maker in the form of the upcoming Ford Transit. Chassis cab and stripped chassis versions will still be available for years to come after the new Transit.
The E-Series van is available as a passenger wagon, and for commercial use as a cargo van, or as a cutaway or stripped chassis. Wagon models are the E-150, in regular length, and E-350 in regular and extended-length models, offering seating options for 7, 8, 12 or 15 passengers, plus an 11-passenger optional seating configuration for the extended-length XL and XLT. Commercial vans are available in E-150, E-250 and E-350 configuration.
The E-150 wagon comes with a choice of 4.6-litre V8 or 5.4-litre V8, both with four-speed automatic transmission. The E-350 uses the 5.4-litre V8. Cargo and cutaway vans also offer a 6.8-litre V10 gasoline engine that is unavailable on passenger wagons.
Features on the E-150 XL include 16-inch steel wheels, front air conditioning, eight-passenger seating, front bucket seats, cloth upholstery, engine block heater, engine oil cooler, tire pressure monitoring system, engine immobilizer, AM/FM stereo, black-painted bumpers, power windows and locks, tilt steering wheel and cloth visors.
The E-150 XLT adds front captain’s chairs, high-capacity front and rear air conditioning, CD stereo, chrome bumpers, cruise control, full-length carpet, floor mats, and power mirrors.
The E-350 XL and XLT models are similarly equipped, but regular-length models add 12-passenger seating, and extended-length models add 15-passenger seating.