Since the debut of their van line-up in the 1960s, Ford used the Club Wagon name to refer to their passenger model. Related to the Econoline van (later reclassified as the E-Series), the Ford Club Wagon underwent fourth-generation restyling during the 1992 model year resulting in a more modern look. Capable of holding up to 15 passengers, the Club Wagon remained a handy vehicle for larger families and boasted useful utility. For 1998, the Club Wagon was offered in one E150 version and two E350 variants.
Anti-lock brakes and dual front airbags were included standard on all Ford Club Wagon vans for 1998. A rear-wheel drive full-sized van, the Club Wagon was furnished with a wide choice of engines. On the E150 model, the 1998 Ford Club Wagon came with base propulsion from a 4.2-liter Essex V-6 engine. The 215-horsepower 4.6-liter Modular V-8 engine could also be ordered with the Club Wagon E150.
E350 versions of the Ford Club Wagon were standard equipped with a 5.4-liter V-8 engine that produced 235 horsepower. In addition to regular gasoline, this powerplant was also offered as a natural gas burning and bi-fuel version. Club Wagon Heavy Duty and the Super Club Wagon variants of the Ford passenger van also presented two engines producing in excess of 400 pound-feet of torque. A gasoline powered 6.8-liter Triton V-10 and a 7.3-liter turbocharged diesel powerplant provided maximum momentum for the Ford Club Wagon for towing or hauling. XLT and Chateau package provided an enhanced level of cabin comfort for the 1998 Club Wagon such as auxiliary front and rear heater and second-row captains chairs. For the 1999 model year, Club Wagon was renamed the Econoline Wagon.