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July 11, 2024

Ford Capri Returns In 2025 As A Battery Electric Fastback SUV

Ford has dusted off another old nameplate for use on yet another battery electric vehicle. After the Mustang (Mach-E) and Explorer have gone electric, the Capri is the latest one to get the treatment.

The Capri nameplate can be traced back to 1968 when Ford thought of coming up with a European version of the Mustang. After three generations, it was discontinued in 1986. Today, it comes back as an all-electric fastback-styled SUV.

Based off the Volkswagen MEB architecture, Ford’s given the Capri a unique bodyshell. There are some familiar cues like the four headlamp and taillight design, the horseshoe-shaped rear window and black window pillar. 19, 20, and 21-inch rims cover the entire range.

Inside, minimalism is the name of the game. The Capri features a small screen for the driver positioned under a soundbar and a 14.6-inch infotainment screen that’s adjustable for viewability (it also happens to use Ford’s operating system and not VWs’). It can even be moved out of the way to reveal a storage compartment. Standard equipment includes massage and memory seats, dual zone climate control, and a myriad of driver assist features. Optional extra range from a 10-speaker B&O sound system to a hands-free power tailgate.

Powering the MEB-based Capri is either a single-motor rear-wheel drive 286-horsepower variant or an all-wheel drive version with dual motors making 340 horsepower. The rear-wheel drive has a 77-kWh battery pack enough for 627 kilometers of range, while the all-wheel drive has a slightly larger 79-kWh pack for around 592 kilometers. Performance? The rear-wheel drive does the 100 km/h sprint in 6.4 seconds, while the all-wheel drive drops that to 5.3 seconds.

1 comment:

  1. Since the partnership between Ford and Volkswagen is exclusive to Europe, as it even reached beyond like South Africa - where both Ford and VW are significant there, then I think just as the aforementioned Explorer (which is also using VW hardware) means the Capri wouldn't made it in the Southeast Asian market since both VW-based Fords are exclusive to the European market - as I remember before that there was also a Ford Capri sold in Thailand and the last time I searched it online was that the Capri was actually based on Mazda hardware that's now evolved to the SkyActiv series of engines today. (Since Ford that time owned Mazda too.)

    I hope this these helps, but as given recent rumors that Ford would close down its German manufacturing facility - as Germany is also the biggest victim of sanctions on Russia even following the Ukraine conflict, then I think if Stellantis were to acquire Ford just as Peugeot's parent company would put the US marque out of business - partnership between Ford and VW would come to an end and such a move being done by the French would lead to unseat VW from being the biggest European carmaker in the world... (Well Ford may not be one marque that Peugeot/Stellantis would take over as I think...)


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