Ever since the Ford Transit van landed on our shores in 2015, this European model has supplanted America’s best-known full-size model, the Ford E-Series. Launched in the early 1960s, the E-Series (also known as the Econoline) was long offered in consumer and commercial configurations. Although the Transit took its place, the E Series is still available as a cutaway model for recreational and commercial customers.
What is a Cutaway?
A cutaway model is a vehicle with a cab and a chassis. The passenger compartment is not included as the bare chassis is offered for upfitting purposes, such as configuring for a work truck, ambulance, an RV or other vehicle. In effect, you no longer have a van, rather the base vehicle forms the backbone for a commercial truck.
When the Transit arrived, Ford had no plans to discontinue the E Series, at least for the short term. As time passed, demand for the chassis has remained strong enough to keep it around. Notably, Ford hasn’t allowed this model to stay stagnant as it developed a new engine to power the vehicles. We’ll take a look at what this means.
1. Single or dual rear wheels.
You’ll find a full frame with the E Series with your choice of single or dual rear wheels. The standard E-350 single-rear-wheel configuration covers most recreational and commercial needs. The E-350 dual-rear-wheel arrangement increases towing capacity and payload. The top-of-the-line E-450 dual-rear-wheel cutaway is especially suited for towing heavy loads.
2. A powerful and large V8.
The Ford Motor Company developed an all-new V8 gasoline engine for its commercial applications and the E Series is one of the beneficiaries of this. This engine displaces 7.3 liters and works with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine is available in two performance levels. The first one produces 350 horsepower and 468 pound-feet of torque. The second one outputs 300 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque. The first choice maximizes performance; the second choice emphasizes efficiency.
3. Redesigned instrument panel.
This Ford’s instrument panel is fully redesigned for 2021. It features a new cluster and finish panel, Bluetooth Radio, and dual USB ports. A tilt-and-telescopic steering column is included. Available Ford Telematics and Ford Data Services supply security, third-party access, and partner integration.
4. Available driver-assist features.
The E Series offers many driver-assist safety features that are also found in other Ford products. This is good news for cstomers wanting the benefits offered elsewhere. These features include: adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, post-collision braking, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlamps, distance alert, and automatic emergency braking. You can add these features to the standard hill start assist, traction control, and electronic stability control.
The Ford E Series
When shopping for an E Series, look for a Ford dealer that’s also a “commercial vehicle center.” This means the operator is certified by Ford to sell and service commercial vehicles serving class 1-7 work vehicles. You’ll find more than 650 such dealers nationwide, with each trained to offer commercial solutions, fleet care, upfitting guidance, and credit options.
2021 Ford E Series Cutaway Specifications
|Ford||2021 E Series Cutaway|
|Price Range||$33,560 to $36,035|
|Engine No. 1||7.3-liter, V8|
|Horsepower||350 @ 3,900 rpm|
|Torque (lb.-ft.)||468 @ 3,900 rpm|
|Engine No. 2||7.3-liter, V8|
|Horsepower||300 @ 3,750 rpm|
|Torque (lb.-ft.)||425 @ 3,250 rpm|
|Curb Weight (pounds)||10,050 to 14,500|
|Height (inches)||Up to 80.4|
|Shoulder room (f,r…inches)||68.1|
|Hip room (f,r…inches)||65.6|
|Storage (cubic feet)||NR|
|Gross vehicle weight (pounds)||4,950|
|Towing (pounds)||Up to 10,000|
|Payload (pounds)||5,100 to 8,980|
|Fuel Tank (gallons)||40.0/55.0|
|EPA Fuel MPG (city/highway/combined)||NR|
|Manufacturing Plant||Ingersoll, Ontario CANADA|
Data compiled by Tom Keegan. Specifications supplied by the manufacturer.
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