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Ford CD3 Platform

The Ford CD3 platform is the name of a Ford Motor Company vehicle architecture designed to underpin front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive mid-size cars and crossovers.

Developed in collaboration with Mazda, the CD3 platform was the successor to two architectures – the Ford CDW27 and Mazda G architectures. The platform also serves as the basis for some of Ford’s early hybrid powertrains.

Some of the key features of the CD3 architecture are its short long arms (SLA) independent double wishbone front suspension with a stabilizer bar. According to Ford, this feature gave the vehicles that utilized the platform sports-car like driving dynamics.

CD3 also marked Ford’s first fully “digital” car, which led to lower development costs and quicker production times. The technologies used to develop the platform allowed Ford engineers to virtually build an entire car prior to initiating construction, which improved overall fit and finish and simplified assembly methods.

The Ford CD3 platform underpinned the following vehicles:

This CD3 platform was discontinued in 2015, when it was replaced by the Ford CD4 platform. However, the CD3 architecture is still used by Chinese automaker FAW under license from Ford.

Ford CD3 Platform - Vitals

TypeUnibody welded steel
Supported Vehicle TypeCar, crossover (CUV)
Suspension Type (front)Double wishbone
Suspension Type (rear)Multi-link independent
LayoutFront-engine FWD/AWD
Powerplant LayoutTransverse
PredecessorFord CDW27 / Mazda G

Ford CD3 Platform - Supported Engines

EngineHorsepower @ RPMTorque (lb-ft) @ RPMTransmissionVehicle Applications
2.3L Duratec 23164 @ 6,250156 @ 4,250Five-speed manual / Five-speed automaticFord Fusion / Mercury Milan
2.5L Duratec 25169 @ 6,000171 @ 4,500Six-speed automatic / CVTFord Fusion / Lincoln MKZ Hybrid / Mercury Milan
3.0L Duratec 30221 @ 6,250205 @ 4,800Six-speed automaticFord Fusion / Lincoln Zephyr / Mercury Milan
3.5L Duratec 35285 @ 6,500253 @ 4,000Six-speed automaticFord Edge

Future Models

CD3 has been discontinued since 2015. There are no plans for any future models to use the architecture, since it was replaced by the Ford CD4 platform.


The only current vehicle to ride on the Ford CD3 platform is the Chinese-market Besturn midsize sedan manufactured by Chinese carmaker FAW.


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