Ford Capri to return… as a Volkswagen-built electric SUV – report

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Once associated with a sleek European coupe and a small convertible, the Ford Capri will reportedly soon become the Blue Oval’s latest electric SUV – based on a Volkswagen platform.

The Ford Capri – a nameplate which debuted on a sleek coupe from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s – could make a return in the near future, with overseas reports suggesting the badge could be revived on an electric SUV.

In recent weeks, publications Motor1 and Motor Authority have reported on a camouflaged Ford electric SUV being tested in Europe, claiming the upcoming model will use the Capri name.

According to the reports, the new Ford Capri will share a number of styling cues with the European-market Ford Explorer – an SUV based on Volkswagen’s ‘MEB’ electric-car platform – but with coupe-like styling, akin to the VW ID.5.

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The Australian-built Ford Capri of the late 1980s and early 1990s

The original Ford Capri went on sale in Europe in 1968 – before arriving in Australia from May 1969 where it was built in Homebush, Sydney – as a rear-wheel-drive four-seat coupe, sitting between the Escort and Mustang in performance and size.

There were three generations of the coupe Capri before production ended in 1986, though the badge was brought back in Australia between 1989 and 1994 for a front-wheel-drive convertible – based on the Ford Laser/Mazda 323 platform.

Unfortunately, the front-wheel-drive Ford Capri convertible’s release came at the same time as the rear-wheel-drive Mazda MX-5, which was widely regarded as a better car – a point reflected in the former’s relatively short life.

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2024 Ford Explorer electric SUV

As with the Ford Explorer and Volkswagen’s ID-branded SUVs, the Capri is expected to be powered by a 52kWh or 77kWh battery pack and a choice of single or dual electric motors – providing either front- or all-wheel drive – with a range of about 350km to 500km.

It is understood the Capri will be the second and final Ford electric SUV to use Volkswagen technology, though it’s unlikely to be sold in Australia.

At the release of the Explorer earlier this year, Ford Australia said it had no plans to launch the electric SUV here – instead its Mustang Mach-E has gone on sale, recently receiving a significant price cut.

Jordan Mulach is Canberra/Ngunnawal born, currently residing in Brisbane/Turrbal. Joining the Drive team in 2022, Jordan has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. Jordan is a self-described iRacing addict and can be found on weekends either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or swearing at his ZH Fairlane.

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