Ford U platform

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The Ford U platform is Ford Motor Company's full-size SUV automobile platform. It is available in rear wheel drive and all wheel drive and has V6 and V8 engine options.


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[1], 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.

U2 vehicles will be built in Ford's Louisville, Kentucky plant, and will probably continue at the Hazelwood, Missouri, and Valencia, Venezuela plants as well.

Vehicles using the new U2 short wheelbase platform include:

The Ford Explorer Sport Trac will move to the Ford P platform in 2006.


The U32x Expedition and Navigator will be built in Ford's Wayne, Michigan plant. These vehicles will share the T1 platform based on the F-150.



The U36x Mariner and Escape are expected to continue on an evolution of the Ford CD2 platform and will be built in Avon Lake, Ohio.



The U38x crossover SUVs use the Mazda-based Ford CD3 platform. They will be built at Oakville Assembly in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.


Current Ford platforms
B3 (subcompact FWD) · C1 (compact car FWD) · CD2 (compact SUV FWD/AWD)

CD3 (mid-size car FWD/AWD) · D3 (full-size car FWD/AWD) · EUCD (mid-size car FWD/AWD)
D2C (sports car RWD) · P2/P3 (full-size car pickup) · U2/U3 (mid-size SUV)
T1 (full-size SUV) · V2 (minivan) · VN (full-size van)
DEW98 (mid-size car RWD) · Panther (full-size car RWD) · VH (sports car RWD)