Ford D3 platform

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Ford D3 Platform
Lincoln MKS -- 01-13-2010.jpg
Lincoln MKS, current flagship model of Lincoln division
Overview
ManufacturerFord Motor Company
Also calledVolvo P2 platform
ProductionVolvo P2: 1998-present
Ford D3: 2005–present
AssemblyFord: Chicago, Illinois (Chicago Assembly)
Volvo: Torslanda, Sweden (Torslandaverken)
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size car
Full-size car
Full-size luxury car
LayoutFront-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
VehiclesSee listing
RelatedFord D4 platform
Chronology
PredecessorVolvo 900 Series
Ford Panther platform
Ford D186 platform
SuccessorVolvo Y20 platform
 
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Ford D3 Platform
Lincoln MKS -- 01-13-2010.jpg
Lincoln MKS, current flagship model of Lincoln division
Overview
ManufacturerFord Motor Company
Also calledVolvo P2 platform
ProductionVolvo P2: 1998-present
Ford D3: 2005–present
AssemblyFord: Chicago, Illinois (Chicago Assembly)
Volvo: Torslanda, Sweden (Torslandaverken)
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size car
Full-size car
Full-size luxury car
LayoutFront-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
VehiclesSee listing
RelatedFord D4 platform
Chronology
PredecessorVolvo 900 Series
Ford Panther platform
Ford D186 platform
SuccessorVolvo Y20 platform

The Ford D3 platform (called P2 by Volvo) is a Ford global full-size car automobile platform. It was designed by Volvo before its 1999 acquisition by Ford, debuting with the 1998 Volvo S80. The platform is designed for either front- or all wheel drive on a variety of wheelbases.

Overview[edit]

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.

Ford assembles all D3-platform vehicles at the Chicago Assembly plant in Chicago, Illinois, while Volvos are built at the company's Torslanda Works in Gothenburg, Sweden.

D4[edit]

D4 is a revision of D3 created to underpin crossover SUVs. It forms the basis of the Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT; in 2011, the Ford Explorer moved from a body-on-frame chassis to the D4 unibody platform. The D4 uses several different wheelbases and the Lincoln MKT is designed for livery use as a stretch limousine.

Vehicles[edit]

Vehicle NameImageProductionBodystyle(s)Model CodeNotes
P2 platform vehicles (Volvo)
Volvo S8099-03 Volvo S80 2.9.jpg1998-20064-door sedanP23
Volvo S60Volvo S60R Forss.jpg2000-20094-door sedanP24
Volvo V70/XC70
Volvo V70R.jpg

Volvo XC70 -- 06-23-2011.jpg

2000-20075-door station wagonP26E
P26L (XC70)
All-wheel drive versions marketed as XC70 (V70 XC before 2004)
Volvo XC90Volvo XC90 V8 -- 05-21-2012.JPG2003–present5-door crossover SUVP28
D3 platform vehicles (Ford, Lincoln-Mercury)
Ford Five Hundred
Ford Taurus
Ford500a.JPG
08-Ford-Taurus-SEL.jpg
2005-2007 (Five Hundred)
2008-2009 (Taurus)
4-door sedanD258Five Hundred re-branded as Taurus in 2008
Ford Taurus2013 Ford Taurus SHO -- 2012 DC.JPG2010–present4-door sedanAlso branded as Ford Police Interceptor Sedan
Ford Freestyle
Ford Taurus X
Ford Freestyle SEL.jpg
2008 Ford Taurus X SEL.jpg
2005-2007 (Freestyle)
2008-2009 (Taurus X)
5-door crossover SUVD219Freestyle re-branded as Taurus X in 2008.
Mercury Montego
Mercury Sable
2005-07 Mercury Montego.jpg
2008 Mercury Sable Premier.jpg
2005-2007
2008-2009
4-door sedanD333Montego re-branded as Sable in 2008.
2008 Sable was the last new car design introduced by Mercury brand.
Lincoln MKS'13 Lincoln MKS (MIAS '12).JPG2009–present4-door sedanD385
D4-platform vehicles (Ford, Lincoln)
Ford Flex2013 Ford Flex -- 07-11-2012.JPG2009–present5-door crossover SUVD471Replaced Ford Taurus X
Lincoln MKT2010 Lincoln MKT -- NHTSA 2.jpg2010–present5-door crossover SUVD472Livery version branded as MKT Town Car.
Ford ExplorerFord Explorer 3.5 V6 AWD Limited (V) – Frontansicht, 10. September 2011, Düsseldorf.jpg2011–present5-door crossover SUVU502First version of the Explorer built with unibody construction.

Concept cars[edit]

Ford Explorer America (concept car)

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