New E-Series Unveiled by Ford

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ford rolled out its new 2008 E-Series commercial van -- including a makeover inspired by the F-Series Super Duty's new front-end design -- yesterday at the Work Truck Show.

Joe Castelli, director of commercial truck marketing, said the new front end also improves engine performance by increasing air flow to the powertrain. He said the new design involves all new sheetmetal from the A-pillars forward, including hood, fenders, radiator support, grille and bumpers.

He also said that the E-Series is the only vehicle in its segment to offer a standard V-8. The E-150 and E-250 cargo vans come with a 4.6-liter Triton V-8 and new for '08, the E-450 now comes with a 5.4-liter V-8.

Other key features include:

  • Revised steering system and front and rear suspensions "improve driving dynamics and braking performance to help drivers navigate urban streets."
  • New, segment-exclusive E-Guard double-lock design for side and rear doors that "adds cargo security straight from the factory."
  • Engine-only traction control system
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system standard on all single rear wheel models
  • PTO provision optional on 6.8-liter cutaways and strip chassis with 158- and 176-in. wheelbases
  • Additional E-350 SRW Cutaway model has optional mid-ship fuel tank for more usable rear GVWR.

The chassis and suspension improvements resulted in boosting the maximum GVWR from 14,050 to 14,500 lb., which Castelli termed "class leading." In addition, the maximum front gross axle weight rating has increased from 4,600 lb. to 5,000 lb.

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