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Ford To Revive Capri Name For New Electric SUV

Ford To Revive Capri Name For New Electric SUV

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Capri is without doubt one of the most iconic nameplates in the blue oval’s back catalogue.

Last used in 1986, the Capri badge appeared on three generations of Ford’s best-selling coupe, firmly securing its position as a household name. Everyone of a certain age knows the Ford Capri. If they didn’t own one themselves, they probably knew someone that did.

Soon, you’ll be able to buy a brand-new Capri once more. But it’ll be a far cry from the coupe you remember - or the fearsome, fire-spitting Group 5 racing version pictured above.

Instead, Ford plans to use the name on a new, all-electric SUV model. Genius or sacrilege? We’ll let you decide, but there’s no denying that the new Capri is likely to create quite a buzz when it launches some time in the next 12 months.

We’re not yet sure when the new Capri will be unveiled - Ford is quite keen to keep the design under wraps for now.

A fair bit is known about the new vehicle, though. For starters, it’s expected to utilise the same ‘MEB’ chassis platform as the current Ford Explorer and Volkswagen ID.4 - and that means it’s likely to offer a similar level of performance too.

The flagship model will almost certainly be powered by the same electric motors as the current Explorer, which - combined with an 82kWh battery - produce 335 bhp and offer a range of over 300 miles.

The Capri will likely be sold more on its design than its performance; early spy shots of test mules have revealed a dramatic sloping roofline, no doubt intended as a nod to the sleek Capris of old.

Time will tell just how much of a resemblance the new car bears to the original. Although the shape will of course be poles apart, Ford may get creative and implement a few distinctive design touches to pay tribute to Capris of old.

Look out for an official reveal of the new car some time in 2024.

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