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Ford CD4 Platform


CD4 is the name of a Ford Motor scalable vehicle architecture designed to underpin front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive mid-size and full-size vehicles of all types. It succeeds the Ford CD3 platform and is currently used for cars and SUVs. This platform was also developed to accommodate Ford’s hybrid powertrain.

One of the primary purposes of the Ford CD4 platform is to drive scale economies even further by sharing parts with other vehicles. When it was first introduced in 2013, the CD4 platform marked a step forward in automotive development, allowing Ford to cut months of development time, reduce costs and bring vehicles to market faster.

This platform is currently in production for vehicles sold under the Ford nameplate worldwide. However, there are talks that this platform will eventually be phased out in favor of Ford’s scalable CD6 architecture. Here are the Ford and Lincoln vehicles currently sold in the U.S. and Canada that ride on the Ford CD4 platform:

Platform Vitals

TypeUnibody welded steel
SizeMid-size, full-size
Supported Vehicle TypeCar, crossover (SUV)
Suspension Type (front)MacPherson strut
Suspension Type (rear)Multi-link independent
LayoutFront-engine FWD/AWD
Powerplant LayoutTransverse
PredecessorFord CD3
SuccessorFord CD6

Supported Engines

EngineHorsepower @ RPMTorque (lb-ft) @ RPMTransmissionVehicle Applications
2.5L iVCT I4175 @ 6,000 rpm175 @ 4,500 rpmSix-speed automaticFord Fusion
1.5L EcoBoost I4181 @ 6,000 rpm185 @ 4,320 rpmSix-speed automaticFord Fusion
2.0 EcoBoost I4245 @ 5,500 rpm275 @ 3,000 rpmSix-speed automaticFord Fusion / Lincoln MKZ
2.7L EcoBoost V6325 @ 5,500 rpm380 @ 3,000Six-speed automaticFord Fusion
2.0L hybrid I4188 @ N/A129 @ N/A (gas engine)Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)Ford Fusion
2.0L plug-in hybrid I4188 @ N/A129 @ N/A (gas engine)Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)Ford Fusion
2.0L EcoBoost I4250 @ 5,500 rpm275 @ 3,000 rpmEight-speed automaticFord Edge
2.7L EcoBoost V6335 @ 5,500 rpm380 @ 3,000 rpmEight-speed automaticFord Edge ST
3.5L Ti-VCT V6288 @ 6,500 rpm254 @ 4,000 rpmSix-speed automaticFord Taurus
3.5L EcoBoost V6365 @ 5,500 rpm350 @ 1,500 rpmSix-speed automaticFord Taurus
3.7L Ti-VCT Cyclone V6305 @ 6,500 rpm335 @ 5,700 rpmSix-speed automaticLincoln Continental
2.7L EcoBoost V6335 @ 5,700 rpm380 @ 3,500 rpmSix-speed automaticLincoln Continental
3.0L EcoBoost V6400 @ 5,750 rpm400 @ 2,750 rpmSix-speed automaticLincoln Continental
3.0L EcoBoost V6350 @ 5,500 rpm (FWD)400 @ 2,750 rpmSix-speed automaticLincoln MKZ
3.0L EcoBoost V6400 @ 5,500 rpm (AWD)400 @ 2,750 rpmSix-speed automaticLincoln MKZ
2.0L EcoBoost I4250 @ 5,500 rpm280 @ 3,000 rpmEight-speed automaticLincoln Nautilus
2.7L EcoBoost V6335 @ 5,500 rpm380 @ 3,250 rpmEight-speed automaticLincoln Nautilus

Future Models

While the Ford CD4 platform is currently used for many vehicles within the Ford lineup, it will slowly be phased out for the scalable Ford CD6 platform in the near future.


All Ford vehicles riding on the Ford CD4 platform are currently on sale. However, Ford has announced that the Ford Taurus will be discontinued for the 2019 model-year. The Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ will be terminated at the end of the 2020 model-year. There are currently no plans at Ford to replace these models.


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