Ford electrifies nostalgia with Capri EV coupe-SUV

Max McDee, 10 July 2024

Ford has delved into its archives to revive the Capri nameplate, this time for an all-electric coupe-SUV based on the same architecture used in Explorer EV. Drawing some inspiration from the iconic 1960s coupe, the Capri EV blends retro design cues with modern electric performance.

Built on Volkswagen's MEB platform, shared with models like the ID.4 and ID.5, the Capri boasts a 109.1 inches wheelbase identical to the Explorer EV. However, its sleek, sloping fastback roofline sacrifices some cargo space in favor of a sportier aesthetic.

The Capri's exterior pays homage to its predecessor with a black grille band somewhat reminiscent of the original's design and headlights with DRLs arranged in pairs, evoking the Mk1 Capri's quad-headlight setup. Other nods to the past include subtle fender peaks, rear side windows, and a flicked-up tail reminiscent of the RS3100's ducktail spoiler. But honestly, you have to look long and hard to find the similarities. Ford has stretched its imagination and our patience quite a bit here.

The interior largely mirrors the Explorer's layout, featuring a 14.6-inch portrait infotainment screen and a retro-inspired steering wheel detail. While the base model Capri comes with a 282-hp rear-wheel-drive setup, mirroring the original Capri's rear-wheel drive, the similarities end there. The EV's modern multi-link rear suspension and powerful motor propel it from 0 to 62 mph in just 6.4 seconds, a far cry from its vintage counterpart.

For those seeking more power, a 335-hp dual-motor all-wheel-drive option is available. It deals with the 0 to 62 mph sprint in a rather brisk 5.3 seconds. However, this added performance comes at the expense of range, offering 368 miles compared to the base model's 390 miles. The RWD variant comes with a 77 kWh battery, while the RWD version has a 79 kWh battery pack. The larger battery pack adds 168 lb to the curb weight of the Capri, tipping the scales at 4,793 lb.

Despite the performance differences, all Capri models share standard features like dual-zone climate control, heated and massaging seats, heated and folding door mirrors with Capri puddle lights, keyless entry and start, wireless charging, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Ford electrifies nostalgia with Capri EV coupe-SUV

The Premium trim adds a 10-speaker B&O sound system, ambient lighting, Matrix LED lights, and a hands-free rear hatch, but again at the cost of a slightly reduced range.

Now, for the million-dollar question. The basic version of the new Capri EV will start at $53,000 in Europe, and the AWD model will start at a much higher $60,500. There will be a cheaper version available in 2025; it will come with a smaller 52 kWh battery and will start at $49,800. Unfortunately, Ford has no current plans to bring the Capri or Explorer EVs to North America, but for European consumers, the Capri EV offers a blend of nostalgia and modern electric performance. At a price, though, that will raise many eyebrows and will make the Tesla Model Y look like a bargain.


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  • Anonymous

Disgrace to the original Capri name. Why cant it be a real fastback sedan, not the inefficient and useless crossover coupe.

  • anon

What even is a coupe at this point. Thats just a fastback suv á la ID.5. And for that they need to drag that name from the closet? Im so done with ford

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