The Ford E-Series, formerly known as the Econoline, has been in continuous production for almost six decades. But now, there’s one model year missing, as the E-Series skipped the 2020 model year, without skipping production time.
FoMoCo representatives tell Ford Authority that skipping a model year was done in an effort to boost the residual values of existing vehicles. In theory, skipping a model year would allow the new model year – in this case the 2021 Ford E-Series – to remain current and more valuable, for a longer period of time.
That said, skipping a model year without skipping an actual year of production may not actually achieve the goal of improving residual values. As Ford Authority exclusively reported in April, Ford took the same approach with its F-650 and F-750 Medium Duty Trucks.
Nevertheless, the 2019 Ford E-Series went into production at the Ford Ohio Assembly Plant in January, 2020. The model received a few significant updates for the 2021 model year, the most noteworthy of which was the introduction of The Blue Oval’s 7.3L Godzilla V8 to replace the outgoing 6.8L EFI Triton V10 engine and 6.2L SFI V8 FFV engine.
The Godzilla is available in two different tunes – Premium and Economy. The Premium tune replaces the 6.8L V10 motor and makes 350 horsepower and 468 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the Economy tune replaces the 6.2L V8 and brings 300 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are paired with the Ford TorqShift HD six-speed automatic transmission.
These days, the Ford E-Series is available exclusively as a cutaway, as the Ford Transit took over van duty in the Ford commercial portfolio. The lineup is comprised of the E-350 single-rear-wheel, E-350 dual-rear-wheel, as well as the E-450 dual-rear-wheel model, all available in several wheelbases and GVWRs.
The Ford E-Series had a strong finish to 2019, with almost 13,000 units sold in Q4. The first quarter of 2020 saw sales slide of 6 percent due to COVID-19, which is a strong performance considering the situation.