Ford U platform
Explorers and Mountaineers are built at Ford's Louisville, Kentucky, Hazelwood, Missouri (sometimes called St Louis - but this plant may already be closed in 2006), and Valencia, Venezuela plants. Long wheelbase models are built in Wayne, Michigan.
Vehicles using the standard wheelbase UN105-150 version include:
The "First Generation" (1991-1994) trucks are dubbed as the UN46 platform while the "Second Generation" (1995-2001) trucks are the UN105 platform. The "Third Generation" (2002-2005) trucks are UN152 and the 2001-2003 "Sport" (2-door) variants are platform UN52.
These are derived from The Deposition of Thomas Baughman, concerning the Explorer rollover/Firestone tire controversy.
Vehicles using the long-wheelbase UN93/173 version include:
A new version of the platform (U2 short- and U3 long-wheelbase) will go into production in 2006 for 2007 models.
Vehicles using the new U2 short wheelbase platform include:
- 2005 Land Rover Discovery/LR3 (modified but may actually be on the T5 platform along with the Range Rover)
- 2007 Ford Explorer (code name U251)
- 2007 Mercury Mountaineer (code name U251)
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