Whether you're a fan of the new Super Duty's look or not, get used to it, 'cause you're about to see it a lot more often. The 2008 Econoline van's new front-end design is lifted almost intact from Ford's big pickups.
Under-the-skin changes include a revised steering system, an updated suspension with new shocks and bigger anti-sway bars, and bigger brakes. In addition to AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, Ford now offers engine-only traction control (EOTC) which utilizes signal inputs from the ABS system and regulates the engine's electronic throttle to manage wheelspin. Ford claims smoother operation than a brake-based traction-control system, as well as less complexity.
On the powertrain side, not much has changed. As before, the engine options include the 4.6 Triton in the E-150 and E-250, and the 5.4-liter Triton standard on the E-350 and higher. The 6.8-liter Triton V-10 is optional on the E-350. All engines are mated to a 4-speed automatic, except the cut-away commercial cab-chassis versions, which are available with the 5-speed TorqShift automatic. Interestingly, there's no mention of a diesel option in the initial press release. Whether the 6.4 Power Stroke or some version thereof eventually shows up will likely hinge on the successful resolution of Ford's contract dispute with Navistar.