Ford’s Capri puts an old name on a new EV

According to Amko Leenarts, Ford of Europe design director, the look follows an imaginary evolution of the Capri since production ended in 1986, inspired by the growing popularity of SUVs.

This beefier Capri follows Ford’s other modern takes on classic models, including the Mustang, which became an electric SUV, and the Maverick, which ended up as a pickup truck.

It comes in rear-wheel and all-wheel drive, with extended-range configurations and a “premium” trim level for each. Ford promises a maximum range of 627 km (about 390 miles) on a single charge for the extended-range RWD model, based on European WLTP estimates.

It’s the second model built on Volkswagen’s MEB platform, following the Explorer EV, which launched in Europe last year and also has no plans for a US release. The Capri and Explorer share extremely similar specs, matching the Volkswagen EVs they share platforms with (the ID.5 and ID.4, respectively). The Capri has a slightly sportier look, however, which could make it more of a middle ground between Ford’s Explorer and Mustang Mach-E lineups.

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