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Ford’s Capri returns as an electric SUV

Ford’s Capri returns as an electric SUV

Ford is bringing back one of its most famous names for its latest electric model, the Capri.

Launched in the late 1960s, the original Capri became the European interpretation of America’s famous ‘pony cars’ in the 1980s, with its long bonnet and muscle car-focused structure. Built in the UK for most of its life, the Capri claimed cult status on these shores, appearing on a number of iconic television shows such as The Professionals.

The new Ford Capri is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions

The Capri name, which has not been used for decades, is now used for a completely different vehicle: an electric SUV.

Riding on the MEB platform used under a number of electric Volkswagen models that Ford partners with, the new Capri has a range of up to 390 miles and will be available in both rear- and all-wheel-drive setups. Ford claims the Capri will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds in the former, and 5.1 seconds in the latter.

With a maximum charging rate of 185kW, the Capri can charge from 10% to 80% in around 26 minutes when connected to a suitable fast charger. Ford did not specify a charging time when using a standard 7kW household outlet, but this is expected to be fast enough to fully charge the car overnight.

The home screen can be adjusted to make viewing easier

Inside, the Capri offers up to 572 litres of luggage space with the rear seats in place, or 1,510 litres with them folded down. There’s also a useful 17 litres of additional space to be found in the Capri’s ‘MegaConsole’ located under the front armrest, while there’s also a hidden storage area in this location.

The main interaction point for media and navigation functions is the 14.6-inch central display, while the new SYNC Move system allows the screen to be adjusted up and down to the most comfortable viewing position possible.

Ford has not announced an official price or on-sale date for the new Capri, but that information is expected to be released shortly.

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