2002 FORD ECONOLINE OVERVIEW
New for 2002
- Traveler Package now available on E-350 Super Duty
added: Estate Green Clearcoat Metallic
- Tilt steering column is now
standard on all models
- Available six-disc in-dash CD player
control is now available as a stand-alone option in Commercial Vans
The E-Series is a full-size
truck that can meet many different needs. The E-Series models include a
Commercial Van, Recreational Van, an XL Wagon and an XLT Wagon. Van and
cutaway/stripped chassis models have the strength and durability for various
commercial jobs, while the wagon offers room for family utility.
The E-Series has aerodynamic styling
that compliments its image as a hard-working vehicle. Wraparound bumpers help
protect front-end sheet metal in minor impacts. A light charcoal bumper is
standard on the Commercial Van and XL Wagon. A chrome bumper with rubstrip is
standard on the Recreational Van and XLT Wagon.
include a Chateau Appearance package, Exterior Upgrade Package, Traveler
Package, RV Plus Package, Motorhome Prep Package and a Shuttle Bus Prep
Package. The E-Series cargo area is a double-well design--a full-size Van
exclusive--which leaves the exterior sheet metal less vulnerable to damage
from shifting cargo. Estate Green Clearcoat Metallic is the new exterior
color for 2002.
The Van and
Wagon are available in regular- and extended-length models. The Van offers a
cutaway version with a choice of three wheelbases and a stripped chassis
version with four wheelbases. The standard side doors on the Van are 60/40
swing-out. A sliding cargo door is a no-cost option. The E-Series offers up
to 256.5 cubic feet of rear cargo space, with up to 309.4 cubic feet in
extended Van versions.
Two innovative storage systems are available
to best utilize that cargo room. The EconoCargo System helps protect cargo
with durable panels of high-density polyethylene. The liner materials resist
acids, gasoline, salt, fertilizers, cleaners, insecticides and many solvents.
This system has a distinct advantage over similar systems sold by the
competition--it is insulated. The insulation is installed behind the
EconoCargo Panels and insulates the roof, walls, and door panels. With this
insulation, the interior of the E-Series with EconoCargo retains heat and
cold more efficiently, provides many more vocational opportunities for Van
buyers including markets such as food service, produce farms and medical
supply. The Racks and Bins System is ideal for customers who need to secure
tools and parts. It includes fully installed steel shelving, drawers and
cabinets, and a full-width safety partition provides work area access from
the passenger compartment.
The E-Series Wagon offers five different
seating configurations, accommodating from seven to fifteen occupants. The
deluxe engine cover console is now standard on all E-Series Wagon, Van and
cutaway models and includes dual-bin storage, four-cup holders, coin slots,
ashtray and cellular phone holder. A tilt steering column is standard on all
models. The base steering wheel material is upgraded, changed from PVC to
urethane, for better feel. Leather wrapped wheels are available. The speed
control switches on the base steering wheel are now backlit for easier night
driving operation. A "Speed Control On" indicator light has been added to the
instrument cluster on all applications except the stripped chassis model. A
"Low Fuel" warning indicator light has been added to all vehicle applications
except the stripped chassis. A scroll-compressor Air Conditioning system has
been added. Scroll compressors are making their way into automotive use as
they are very reliable and long-lasting. A CD/AM/FM radio with six-disc
capacity and six speakers is offered as optional equipment. Carpeted mats are
offered on the Wagon (standard on XLT/Chateau/Traveler). Rear Maslite floor
mats have been added as a standard feature on Cargo Vans. Overhead Console
System is an available option in 2002, which includes outside air
temperature, directional compass and storage/garage-door opener holder.
The E-Series offers five
engines, beginning with a 4.2L OHV V-6. Three Triton engines (4.6L SOHC V-8,
5.4L SOHC V-8 and the 6.8L SOHC V-10) have a deep-skirt engine block design
and low-friction components to enhance reliability and fuel economy. In
January 2001, the 5.4L engine was named Ward's Auto World's "Ten Best Engines"
for a fifth year in a row.
Rounding out the engine lineup is the 7.3L Power Stroke TM turbo
The E-Series has a 4-speed automatic overdrive
transmission with heavy-duty components. A wide-ratio version has wide gear
ratios to take advantage of the engine's broad torque range. A practical
benefit of the excellent power on E-Series is its outstanding trailer towing
capability. When properly equipped, the E-150 Van can tow up to 6,800 pounds,
the E-150 Wagon up to 6,500 pounds, and the E-350 Super Duty and Super Duty
Extended Wagon up to 10,000 pounds. All Wagon and Van models have a standard
Class I Trailer Tow Package that includes a four-pin trailer wiring harness.
An available Class II/III/IV Trailer Tow Package includes an electric brake
with controller tap-in capability, seven-pin trailer wiring harness with
bumper bracket and relay system for backup/running lights.
Safety and Security
The driver and right
front passenger second-generation air bag supplemental restraint system
provides protection in frontal and near-frontal collisions. Side-door
intrusion beams provide additional protection in certain side collisions.
Four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) helps to provide steering control
in hard-braking situations. The available halogen headlamps emit a whiter
light for excellent nighttime visibility.