Ford D3 platform
|Ford D3 Platform|
Lincoln MKS, current flagship model of Lincoln division
|Manufacturer||Ford Motor Company|
|Production||Ford D3: 2005–present|
|Assembly||Ford: Chicago, Illinois (Chicago Assembly)|
|Body and chassis|
Full-size luxury car
|Layout||Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive|
|Body style(s)||4-door Sedan
5-door Station wagon
5-door Full-size CUV
5-door Mid-size SUV
|Related||Ford D4 platform|
|Predecessor||Ford Panther platform
Ford D186 platform
The Ford D3 platform is a Ford global full-size unibody automobile platform. It is derived from Volvo's P2 , designed by the automaker before its 1999 acquisition by Ford, and adaptable to front- or all wheel drive on a variety of wheelbases.
Ford's D3 platform is slightly different from Volvo's original P2. For example, D3 features steel suspension arms, rather than aluminum, and other material cost-saving measures. Volvo developed the P2 on several wheelbases, as opposed to the use of a common wheelbase among all versions of the Ford D3 chassis.
D4 is a revision of D3 unibody platform created to underpin crossover SUVs and adaptable to several different wheelbases. It forms the basis of the Ford Flex, Lincoln MKT, and Ford Explorer, which moved from a body-on-frame chassis to the D4 in 2011.
|Vehicle Name||Image||Production||Bodystyle(s)||Model Code||Notes|
|D3 platform vehicles (Ford, Lincoln-Mercury)|
|Ford Five Hundred
|2005-2007 (Five Hundred)
|4-door sedan||D258||Five Hundred re-branded as Taurus in 2008|
|Ford Taurus||2010–present||4-door sedan||Also branded as Ford Police Interceptor Sedan|
Ford Taurus X
2008-2009 (Taurus X)
|5-door crossover SUV||D219||Freestyle re-branded as Taurus X in 2008.|
|4-door sedan||D333||Montego re-branded as Sable in 2008.
2008 Sable was the last new car design introduced by Mercury brand.
|Lincoln MKS||2009–present||4-door sedan||D385|
|D4-platform vehicles (Ford, Lincoln)|
|Ford Flex||2009–present||5-door crossover SUV||D471||Replaced Ford Taurus X|
|Lincoln MKT||2010–present||5-door crossover SUV||D472||Livery version branded as MKT Town Car.|
|Ford Explorer||2011–present||5-door crossover SUV||U502||First version of the Explorer built with unibody construction.
Also branded as Ford Police Interceptor Utility.