Ford Rolls Out Super Duty-Inspired 2008 E-Series Vans
Ford has grafted on a new front end derived from the 2008 F-Series Super Duty pickups that gives the commercial workhorse an aggressive new look.
The makeover includes new sheet metal from the A-pillars forward, including hood, fenders, radiator support, grille and bumpers. "We enlarged the front end of the E-Series with a bigger, bolder grille to showcase its strength and reliability," said Pat Schiavone, Ford truck design director. However, the door and floor structures measurements are unchanged and the seat attachments are in the same location as those on the previous model making the new model compatible with existing outfitters shelving accessories.
The new braking system features larger front and rear rotors and calipers. Chassis and suspension improvements have resulted in an increase in the maximum gross vehicle weight rating from 6375 kg to what Ford says is a class-leading 6575 kg.
The E-150 and E-250 are equipped with a 4,6 l V8 while the E-350 and E-450 are equipped with a 5,4 l V8. Standard AdvanceTrac with roll stability control comes on E-350 wagons with the 5,4 l V8. A Power Take-Off Provision is optional on 6,8 l cutaways and strip chassis with 401 cm and 447 cm wheelbases. It provides an access panel in the transmission housing to connect a PTO system.
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