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Ford CD6 Platform

CD6 is the name of a Ford Motor scalable vehicle architecture designed to underpin midsize and full-size vehicles of all types. It succeeds the Ford CD3, CD4, D3, D4 platforms and is currently used for SUVs.

One of the primary purposes of the Ford CD6 platform is to drive scale economies even further by sharing parts with other vehicles. In that regard, CD6 is not so much a platform as it is a flexible vehicle set – a characteristic that allows it to share many parts in what would traditionally be disparate vehicles and platforms.

One of its key features is its ability to support both transverse, front-wheel-drive, or longitudinal rear-wheel-drive powerplants, allowing it to adapt to all types of applications.

This platform is currently in production for vehicles sold under the Ford nameplate worldwide. Here are the Ford vehicles currently sold in the U.S. and Canada that ride on the Ford CD6 platform:

The first vehicle to have been launched on this architecture was the sixth-generation Ford Explorer.

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/RWD/AWD
Powerplant LayoutTransverse / Longitudinal
PredecessorFord CD3, CD4, D3, D4
SuccessorCurrently none

Supported Engines

EngineHorsepowerTorque (lb-ft)TransmissionVehicle Applications
2.3L EcoBoost I4300310Ten-speed automatic2020 Ford Explorer
3.3L hybrid V6318322Ten-speed automatic2020 Ford Explorer
3.0L EcoBoost V6365380Ten-speed automatic2020 Ford Explorer
3.0 EcoBoost V6400415Ten-speed automatic2020 Ford Explorer
3.0L EcoBoost V6400400Ten-speed automatic2020 Lincoln Aviator
3.0L EcoBoost V6 with plug-in hybrid450600Ten-speed automatic2020 Lincoln Aviator

Future Models

Although nothing has yet been confirmed by Ford, rumor has it that the next-generation Ford Mustang will also ride on the CD6 platform. There were also talks of using it for the next-generation Lincoln Continental, but as we write this, it’s not certain the car will carry on after its current generation.


The 2020 Ford Explorer is currently on sale, while the 2020 Lincoln Aviator will enter the U.S. and Canadian markets by the fourth quarter of the 2019 model-year.


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