The Ford E-Series

The E-Series is a line of full size vans and trucks, available in both cargo and passenger variants. Now known as the Econoline in Mexico, this vehicle was first introduced in 1961 and was originally a compact van. This model has been its own distinctive platform since 1968, but it does share a variety of its components with the F-Series line of pickups.

First Generation: 1961-1967

Ford first introduced the Econoline in 1961 to compete with the Chevy Corvair 95 (Greenbrier Sportswagon). The first model was marketed as a cargo van and featured seating for eight passengers with three rows.

The vehicle was outfitted with a 144 CID six-cylinder engine that was paired with a three-speed manual transmission. Later, 170 CID and 240 CID engines were added, and an automatic transmission became optional.

Second Generation: 1969-1974

The second generation was delayed until 1968 due to a strike by the United Auto Workers. The van was redesigned to move the new V8 engine all the way to the front of the vehicle and featured a new Twin I-Beam front suspension.

A new Club Chateau trim package also debuted during the second generation, which added air conditioning, an AM/FM radio, seating for nine, and houndstooth upholstery. The Econoline's grille was updated in 1971, and in 1972, sliding rear doors and a new Hi-Cube variant were made available.

Third Generation: 1975-1991

The van was completely redesigned for the 1975 model year, giving buyers a choice of two wheelbases and three body lengths. Configurations could seat between two and fifteen. With its new frame, the vehicle was used for cutaway vans, buses, trucks, and ambulances. The Econoline only received minor updates throughout the entire third generation, such as a new grille in 1979 and a new logo in 1983.

Fourth Generation: 1992-2007

The E-Series was completely redesigned in 1992 and offered a more aerodynamic exterior. Engine options include 4.9L inline six-cylinder, 5.0L V8, 5.8L V8, 7.5L V8, and a 7.3L diesel V8. The cabin was updated to be roomier and airbags were added.

Fifth Generation: 2008-2014

In March of 2007, the fifth generation of the E-Series made its debut at the New York Auto Show. This updated model not only featured enhanced front-end sheet metal that took design cues from the 2008 Ford Super Duty trucks, it also saw improved handling and payload capacity. Unfortunately after the 2014 model year, the E-Series will be discontinued and replaced by a rear-wheel drive rendering of the Ford Transit.

Test Drive a 2014 E-Series at Arlington Heights Ford

Stop by and see us today in Arlington Heights, IL to test drive the latest E-Series. We are eighteen minutes from Schaumburg via IL-53 and open Monday through Saturday. Please, contact us today if you have any questions.


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