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Ford D4 Platform

D4 is the name of a Ford Motor scalable vehicle architecture designed to underpin front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive mid-size crossover utility vehicles (CUV). It succeeds the D3 platform and is adaptable to various wheelbases, with a suspension system that can be modified for towing and/or off-road driving.

This platform is heavily derived from the Volvo P2 architecture, which underpinned the last-generation Volvo XC90 SUV and Volvo S80 sedan. The D4 platform was developed when Ford owned Volvo Cars.

This platform is currently in production for vehicles sold under the Ford nameplate worldwide. However, there are talks of phasing it 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 TypeCrossover (SUV)
Suspension Type (front)MacPherson strut
Suspension Type (rear)Multi-link independent
LayoutFront-engine FWD/AWD
Powerplant LayoutTransverse
PredecessorFord D3 / Volvo P2
SuccessorFord CD6

Supported Engines

EngineHorsepower @ RPMTorque (lb-ft) @ RPMTransmissionVehicle Applications
3.5L Ti-VCT Cyclone V6290 @ 6,500 rpm255 @ 4,000 rpmSix-speed automaticFord Explorer (fifth generation)
2.3L EcoBoost I4280 @ 5,600 rpm310 @ 3,000 rpmSix-speed automaticFord Explorer (fifth generation)
3.5L EcoBoost V6365 @ 5,500 rpm350 @ 3,500 rpmSix-speed automaticFord Explorer (fifth generation) / Ford Flex / Lincoln MKT
3.5L Cyclone V6287 @ 6,500 rpm254 @ 4,000 rpmSix-speed automaticFord Flex
3.7L Ti-VCT Cyclone V6303 @ 6,500 rpm278 @ 4,000 rpmSix-speed automaticLincoln MKT

Future Models

While the Ford D4 platform is currently used for two vehicles within the Ford and Lincoln lineup, it will slowly be phased out and replaced by the scalable CD6 platform. As we write this, it is unclear if the Ford Flex or the Lincoln MKT will carry on beyond the 2020 model-year.


All Ford vehicles riding on the Ford D4 platform are currently on sale. However, Ford has not yet announced replacements for both the Flex and the Lincoln MKT.


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