Ford has launch ed its latest, updated Explorer in China. As the brand's flagship SUV there, the latest model is available in five derivatives with prices ranging between CNY449,800 (US$70,708) and CNY639,800.

Changes include new engine options, enhanced technologies and a new top Platinum trim package.

The 2015 model year Explorer was announced in the US in June 2014 and went on sale soon after. The updated model offered18-inch aluminum wheels, a Class III trailer tow package (Explorer Sport) and three new exterior colours.

The facelifted model was shown first at November 2014's Los Angeles motor show and went on sale in 2015. As well as the styling update, Ford's 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine was new and replaced the two-litre EcoBoost.

In October 2011, Ford and its Russian partner, Sollers, named the Explorer as the first model to be built at the latter's plant in the Russian republic of Tatarstan. Full production commenced in April 2013.

Ford displayed the Explorer at the Beijing motor show in April 2012, stating that it would begin selling the model there from later in the year. It went on sale in China in April 2013.

"The Ford Explorer has been America's best-selling SUV for 25 years since its introduction, and it has been a hit with consumers here in China," said John Lawler, chairman and CEO, Ford China.

The Chinese Explorer is imported fully assembled from the US where it is assembled at Ford's Chicago plant which also builds the Taurus and Lincoln MKS.