As first discovered by our sister site Ford Authority, Ford Motor Company has recently filed to register E-550 as a trademark with the USPTO, suggesting that GM’s cross-town rival is planning on an even more robust variant of its E-Series/Econoline van, which is available exclusively in cutaway form ranging from the E-350 to the E-450. If it pans out, the move would give The Blue Oval a leg up on General Motors’ line of full-size vans — the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana.
Specifically, the cutaway variants of GM’s Express and Savana vans are currently available as 3500 and 4500 models. Starting at $29,550, the vans have the following capabilities:
Express/Savana 3500 Cutaway
Express/Savana 4500 Cutaway
- GCWR up to 20,000 pounds
- GVWR up to 14,200 pounds
- 159 / 177 inch wheelbase
- Vortec 6.0L V-8 L96 making 342 hp / 373 lb-ff of torque
The capabilities of Ford’s E-Series cutaways are somewhat similar — though Ford’s range-topping E-450 DRW cutaway tops the Express/Savana 4500 cutaway in GVWR by 300 pounds (at 14,500 pounds) and by 2,000 pounds in GCWR (at 22,000 pounds).
|E-350 (SRW) 138" Wheelbase||6.8L||18,500||10,050||5,100|
|E-350 (DRW) 138" Wheelbase||6.8L||18,500||11,500||6,327|
|E-350 (SRW) 158" Wheelbase||6.8L||18,500||10,050||5,038|
|E-350 (DRW) 158" Wheelbase||6.8L||18,500||11,500||6,213|
|E-350 (DRW) 158" Wheelbase||6.8L||18,500||12,500||7,213|
|E-350 (DRW) 176" Wheelbase||6.8L||18,500||12,500||7,203|
|E-450 (DRW) 158" Wheelbase||6.8L||22,000||*14,200/14500||8,988|
|E-450 (DRW) 176" Wheelbase||6.8L||22,000||*14200/14500||8,981|
- *14,200 lb GVWR options (derated springs)
- All weight in pounds (lbs)
- GCWR = Gross Combined Weight Rating
- GVWR = Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
As such, the old yet trusted (and well-selling) Savana/Express might soon be outdone by a Ford E-550, a model designation that was discontinued in the early 2000s. Here’s to hoping The General will counter with an Express 5500 or Savana 5500 of its own in the near future.