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The 2021 Ford E-Series is a full-size, rear-wheel-drive chassis cab (cutaway) and stripped chassis used for commercial applications such as campers, ambulances and small buses. The E-Series sits within the Ford Motor Company’s lineup of heavy duty vehicles alongside the Ford Super Duty.

The Ford E-Series is currently the oldest vehicle sold under the Ford nameplate. Formerly called the Econoline panel and passenger vans, the E-Series was replaced by the Ford Transit. However, Ford retains the architecture for commercial use where demand remains high.

Changes, Updates, New Features

Now sold exclusively as cutaway and chassis cab configurations, the Ford E-Series sees an important update for the 2021 model year. Ford also decided to skip the 2020 model year all together in an effort to boost the residual value of older models.

Exterior

  • Prominent vertical headlights with chrome grille lead to a functional and utilitarian look.
  • Cutaway layout allows for open rear section to easier accommodate different applications.
  • Available dual-wheel setup for increased payload applications.

Interior

  • Highly functional interior with a wide variety of storage options.
  • Up to four independent auxiliary switches.
  • Steering-mounted transmission selector to optimize space between the two front seats.

Body Styles

The 2021 Ford E-Series is sold exclusively as a single or dual rear wheel chassis cab or stripped chassis for commercial applications. This means that the front section of the vehicle has the look of a conventional truck, but the rear is stripped from any form of body components. This allows for greater flexibility when converting the E-Series into vehicles like an RV, a bus or an ambulance. Three different wheelbases are available: 138, 158 and 176 inches.

The Ford Stripped Chassis variant has no body at all. It is essentially a frame and a drivetrain built to accommodate different body styles, such as mail trucks or other types of commercial vehicles.

Model Line

  • Ford E-350 SRW Cutaway
  • Ford E-350 DRW Cutaway
  • Ford E-450 DRW Cutaway
  • Ford Stripped Chassis

Powertrain

The 2021 Ford E-Series currently offers two different powertrain options. Here’s what to expect from the E-Series lineup.

Engines and Transmissions

EngineAspirationHorsepower @ RPMTorque (lb-ft) @ RPMTransmission
6.2L SFI V8 FFVAtmospheric331 @ 5,500 rpm356 @ 4,000 rpmSix-speed automatic
6.8L EFI Triton V10Atmospheric305 @ 4,250 rpm420 @ 3,250 rpmSix-speed automatic

Models

The Ford E-Series lineup is as follows:

Drive WheelsTrim LevelEngine
RWDE-350 Cutaway Single Rear Wheel6.8L EFI Triton V10
RWDE-350 Cutaway Single Rear Wheel6.2L SFI V8 FFV
RWDE-350 Cutaway Dual Rear Wheel6.8L EFI Triton V10
RWDE-350 Cutaway Dual Rear Wheel6.2L SFI V8 FFV
RWDE-450 Cutaway Dual Rear Wheel6.8L EFI Triton V10
RWDE-450 Cutaway Dual Rear Wheel6.2L SFI V8 FFV
RWDF-53 Stripped Chassis6.8L EFI Triton V10
RWDF-53 Class A Motorhome6.8L EFI Triton V10
RWDE-350 Dual Rear Wheel Stripped Chassis6.8L EFI Triton V10
RWDE-350 Dual Rear Wheel Stripped Chassis6.2L SFI V8 FFV
RWDE-450 Dual Rear Wheel Stipped Chassi6.8L EFI Triton V10
RWDE-450 Dual Rear Wheel Stipped Chassi6.2L SFI V8 FFV

Platform

All variations of the Ford E-Series ride on a variation of the Ford VN platform which is currently exclusively built for this vehicle.

Production

The Ford E-Series is assembled at the Ford Avon Lake assembly plant in Ohio, United States, alongside the Ford Super Duty.

Availability

All variants of the Ford E-Series are available for order.

Beyond 2021

While the Ford E-Series did get replaced by the Ford Transit as the brand’s official cargo van, Ford keeps this trusted workhorse within its lineup for specific requirements that call for heavier payload applications. For these reasons, the E-Series will be heavily updated for the 2021 model year.

Among the changes are the replacement of the naturally aspirated 6.8L Triton V10 for the all-new 7.3L Godzilla V8. Ford’s ten-speed automatic gearbox replaces the old six-speed unit, and the vehicle’s interior is entirely redesigned, incorporating a more modern Sync 3 infotainment interface with more up-to-date connectivity features.

Discussion

Discuss the Ford E-Series in our Ford Forum.

News

Follow our coverage of Ford E-Series news.

Specifications

Overview

ModelFord E-Series
Body styleFull-size, three-quarter / one-ton cutaway or stripped chassis
DrivelineLongitudinal, rear-wheel-drive
ConstructionBody on frame
Manufacturing locationOhio, United States
Key competitorsChevrolet Express, GMC Savana

Engines and Transmissions

EngineAspirationHorsepower @ RPMTorque (lb-ft) @ RPMTransmission
6.2L SFI V8 FFVAtmospheric331 @ 5,500 rpm356 @ 4,000 rpmSix-speed automatic
6.8L EFI Triton V10Atmospheric305 @ 4,250 rpm420 @ 3,250 rpmSix-speed automatic

Gear Ratios

Gear6.2L SFI V8 FFV6.8L EFI V10
First3.973.97
SecondN/AN/A
ThirdN/AN/A
FourthN/AN/A
Fifth0.850.85
Sixth0.670.67
ReverseN/AN/A

Wheels and Tires

Single Rear WheelDual Rear Wheel
Standard wheel size and type16.0x7 Gray16.0x6 White four hand hole
Optional wheel size and type16.0x7 White / 16.0x7 Forged AluminumN/A
Standard tire size and typeLT245/75Rx16ELT225/75Rx16E
Optional tire size and typeN/AN/A

Brakes

LocationTypeRotor Size and Type
FrontDisc with ABS with hydaulic brake assist344 mm diameter
RearDisc with ABS with hydaulic brake assist344 mm diameter

Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions138" Wheelbase (in inches)158" Wheelbase (in inches)176" Wheelbase (in inches)
Wheelbase138158176
Overall Length241.1261.1261.1
Overall Height80.480.480.4
Width (single rear wheel)79.479.4N/A
Width (dual rear wheel)94.994.994.9
Front Track69.469.469.4
Rear Track (single rear wheel)72.172.1N/A
Rear Track (dual rear wheel)75.475.4 (E-350) / 77.7 (E-450)75.4 (E-350) / 77.7 (E-450)
Cab Length92.592.592.5
Cab to Rear Axle80100118
Top of Frame to Top of Cab54.454.454.4
Rear Axle to End of Frame68.568.550.5
Load Height25.926.226

Interior DimensionsValue (in inches)
Front head room42
Rear head roomN/A
Front leg room42.1
Rear leg roomN/A
Front shoulder room68.1
Front hip room65.6
Seating capacity2

Max Payload

ModelEngineGCWR (lb)GVWR (lb)Payload (lb)
E-350 (Single Rear Wheel), 138" wheelbase6.8L EFI Triton V1018,50010,0505,140
E-350 (Single Rear Wheel), 138" wheelbase6.2L SFI V8 FFV13,00010,0505,150
E-350 (Dual Rear Wheel), 138" wheelbase6.8L EFI Triton V1018,50011,5006,360
E-350 (Dual Rear Wheel), 138" wheelbase6.2L SFI V8 FFV13,000 / 17,00011,5006,420
E-350 (Single Rear Wheel), 158" wheelbase6.8L EFI Triton V1018,50010,0505,120
E-350 (Single Rear Wheel), 158" wheelbase6.2L SFI V8 FFV13,00010,0505,190
E-350 (Dual Rear Wheel), 158" wheelbase6.8L EFI Triton V1018,50011,5006,280
E-350 (Dual Rear Wheel), 158" wheelbase6.2L SFI V8 FFV13,000 / 17,00011,5006,370
E-350 (Dual Rear Wheel), 176" wheelbase6.8L EFI Triton V1018,50012,5007,560
E-350 (Dual Rear Wheel), 176" wheelbase6.2L SFI V8 FFV13,000 / 17,00012,5007,360
E-450 (Dual Rear Wheel), 158" wheelbase6.2L SFI V8 FFV18,00014,0008,630
E-450 (Dual Rear Wheel), 176" wheelbase6.2L SFI V8 FFV18,00014,0008,610
E-450 (Dual Rear Wheel), 158" wheelbase6.8L EFI Triton V1022,00014,200* / 14,5008,750 / 9,040
E-450 (Dual Rear Wheel), 176" wheelbase6.8L EFI Triton V1022,00014,200* / 14,5008,720 / 9,030
*With optional derated springs.

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