Ford will reportedly produce its Explorer SUV in China from 2015. Although Ford has not officially confirmed it will build the Explorer in China, the Dearborn-based automaker has committed to launching 15 new vehicles in China by 2015.
According to the Web site The NetEase, Ford will begin Chinese production of the Explorer - codenamed U 375 - sometime in 2015. The Explorer will be produced via Ford's Jiangling-Ford joint-venture, which currently produces two different versions of the Transit commercial van.
The Explorer is expected to be produced at a new plant in the Jiangsu Province. Jiangling-Ford announced plans for the new factory back in 2010, but never mentioned any specific models to be made at the plant.
Despite that local production, the Explorer won't exactly be a cheap vehicle. The Chinese-spec Explorer will reported carry a price tag between 300,000 and 600,000 yuan, the equivalent of $47,000-$94,000.
No word on what powertrains will be offered in the Explorer, but Ford's 2.0L EcoBoost four-cylinder will likely be in the mix.
The Explorer is currently produced in Chicago, as well as two other locations in Russian and Venezuela.
Recent reports have also indicated that Ford will produce its line of Lincoln luxury vehicles in China from 2015.