UPDATE: The text below has been amended to include new details provided by Ford.

In March 2013, Ford announced we'd be getting chassis cab and cutaway versions of the Transit. Since incoming Transit vans will soon be rolling over the grave of the E-Series van, it was assumed that all E-Series models would go six feet under as well. According to a report from PickupTrucks.com, however, that's not the case, the report claiming that the highly modifiable E-350 and E-450 stripped chassis and cutaway versions will continue being produced in Avon Lake, Ohio until near the end of the decade.

Being decades old, the be-cabbed E-Series platform has found its way under an army of heavy-duty shuttle buses, work truck and ambulances. Ford spokeswoman Jessica Enoch verified the production horizon, telling Autoblog that the continuing E-Series configurations "are a higher GVWR than the Transit chassis cab and cutaway (available this summer), which is more Class 2 and a new segment for us." So there you have it.


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      carguy1701
      • 8 Months Ago
      What are they gonna do engine-wise? The old style Modulars have a date with teh grim reaper soon, and that includes the 6.8L V10. They just gonna modify the EcoBoost to fit the E-series?
      Schmluss
      • 8 Months Ago
      This may have almost as much to do with the shuttle and ambulance builders not having to get rid of their current molds that fit the old E-Series vehicles.
      RZ-Civic
      • 8 Months Ago
      Why couldn't they just use the F-350/450/550 chassis cabs and then kill the E-series for good?
        Egon
        • 8 Months Ago
        @RZ-Civic
        Fair question. In the ambulance market, the E-Series has earned some fierce loyalty and has largely owned that segment for decades; although GM has been making some decent inroads recently. Specifically, the E tends to produce a smoother ride and smaller turning radius than its F-Series brethren while maintaining acceptable GVW ratings and decent reliability. In fact, after rereading the blog post, I'd venture that the GVWR alone may have been enough to spare the E-Series.
        carguy1701
        • 8 Months Ago
        @RZ-Civic
        That's a good question.
        That Guy
        • 8 Months Ago
        @RZ-Civic
        Because an E-Series chassis costs $30k where an F-Series chassis costs $45k. Plus the F-Series is massive, rides terribly, etc. But it's good to see Ford realizing that the limp wristed Transient isn't as capable as the tried and true E-Series.....looks like Ford doesn't want to throw away yet another market they basically own.
      Josh
      • 8 Months Ago
      You mean Americans aren't thrilled by the mostly euro class 2 and the prospect of losing their beloved load carrying? Who knew. Next you'll tell me Americans don't buy diesels.