We Called It – Ford Announced New Interior for 2009 Econoline
Only days after we initially revealed Ford’s plan to upgrade the Econoline full-size van for the 2009 model year, Ford officially released information on this update.
The changes announced so far by Ford concern only the new interior and the availability of the Ford Work Solutions, new wide-opening rear doors, the ability to use E85 in the 4.6l and 5.4l gasoline engines.
The new interior clearly uses the old underpinnings, but uses some updated parts, and adds new features. The biggest improvement is in terms of storage space: the doors have two-level storage bins, there is a clipboard/laptop bin in the center stack, the top of the dash serves as a flat storage tray, and the big van finally(!) received a glovebox.
Besides increased interior storage, the new interior and its new wiring allows for installation of different stereo models, Ford’s navigation system, and the Work Solution’s in-dash computer. Moreover, newly available is a line-in jack, and four up-lifter switches for after-market solutions such as lights, ramps and what-have-you. Like most recent Ford interior redesigns, the materials and assembly quality should also go up by a big margin.
In the grand scheme of things, this update might be seen as minor, but it shows Ford’s focus on addressing the shortcomings of its models on a continual basis. After the 2009 changes, the 2010 model should receive further changes with a new 4.4l V8 diesel that will by then be available in the F150.
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