Ford revives the Capri as an all-electric crossover

Ford Revives The Capri As An All-Electric Crossover
New Ford Capri
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Michael McAleer

Ford has revived its famous Capri nameplate after a 38-year absence. This time, however, far from the low-slung two-door coupé that was a favourite of footballers and TV shows, the revived version is a bulky five-door SUV crossover.

Up front, instead of the humming petrol engine, is an electric motor. Derived from the larger all-electric Explorer SUV, the new Capri will start production in the coming weeks.


Bearing some similarities in its styling to the Polestar 2, the new car measures 4.6 metres in length, over 2 metres wide and over 1.6 metres in height, while weighing over 2 tonnes. Rivals for the new car include EVs like the VW ID.5, Skoda Enyaq and Kia EV6.

Comparisons to the VW Group models is appropriate, for the Capri is built on Volkswagen Group's MEB architecture and will be offered with either a 282 single motor, or 335bhp twin-motor set-up.

The former will have a battery pack with 77kW of useable power and a range of  up to 627km. The AWD version has a slightly larger 79kW battery pack with a range of up to 592km.


New Ford Capri
New Ford Capri

Inside, the new Capri resembles the Explorer model, with a 14.6-inch central touchscreen and multpile storage bins, but with sports seats and a tidy square steering wheel that hints to the name's sportier past.

Long heralded for a revival, Ford has teased multiple Capri branded concepts over the last decade, but the lure of the SUV market was always expected to override any desire to return to the sleek and sporty coupé market from which the original derived its fame.

Ford's strategy of tapping into its history for names may be driven by a desire to highlight the brand's heritage in the face of fleets of newly arrived Asian brands, all with EV crossovers in their ranges.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but is expected to be slightly higher than the Explorer EV, which starts at €43,591.

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