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Ford Revives Legendary Capri Name with New Electric Model

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Ford has unveiled its latest electric model, resurrecting the legendary Capri name in a modern incarnation that merges classic design cues with cutting-edge Volkswagen MEB technology under the hood.

“We are paying homage to our tradition while reinventing our future – with a vehicle that only Ford can build. The legend is back,” said Ford Europe Design Director Amko Leenarts at the world premiere of the new Capri.

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The electric Capri, showcased at the Cologne Electric Vehicle Centre alongside the Ford Explorer, introduces a “sportily designed SUV coupé” that aims to capture the spirit of its iconic predecessor, first introduced in 1969.

Underpinning both the Capri and the Explorer is Volkswagen’s MEB platform, with battery packs sourced from Skoda until Ford’s own assembly plant in Cologne is operational. Ford has clarified that both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions will feature an extended-range lithium-ion NMC battery configuration at launch.

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“We have equipped the Capri with robust capabilities, including up to 185 kW charging capacity and impressive WLTP ranges,” stated a Ford spokesperson, underscoring the model’s performance credentials.

Despite sharing technological foundations with the Explorer, the Capri distinguishes itself with a longer body length of 4.63 meters and a design that emphasizes modernity while nodding to the original’s sporty lineage. Key design elements such as the flat grille, horizontal headlights, and distinctive C-shaped windscreen aim to evoke nostalgia while embracing contemporary styling cues.

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Inside, the Capri boasts a 14.6-inch touchscreen interface integrated with Ford’s latest software, supporting seamless connectivity through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Practicality is enhanced with spacious storage compartments, including the 17-litre ‘MegaConsole’ in the center console and a generous boot capacity ranging from 570 to 1,510 liters.

“We believe the Capri will resonate with both enthusiasts of the original and new-age electric vehicle adopters,” added Leenarts, highlighting Ford’s strategic approach to blending heritage with forward-looking innovation.

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