July 14, 2024
Electric & Hybrid Cars

The Ford Capri Transforms into a Crossover Sports Car

The Capri moniker has been applied to various Ford models throughout the years. It is most commonly associated with the sports coupes developed by Ford of Europe, but it has also been used on a Mercury-badged version of the Fox Body Mustang in the U.S. and a convertible co-developed with Mazda and sold as a Ford in Australia and as a Mercury in America. However, all previous iterations of the Capri were two-door sporty cars. The new Ford Capri EV breaks from tradition by being a four-door crossover.

Ford has taken a similar approach with the Capri EV as it did with the Mustang Mach-E. While there are some design cues that harken back to the original Capri coupe, the overall styling of the Capri EV lacks the distinct and crisp lines of its namesake. The soft and undefined design elements make it look more like a melted Polestar 2 than a true Capri successor.

The interior of the Capri EV follows Ford’s minimalist design philosophy. It features a small screen in front of the driver, a 14.6-inch infotainment screen that can adjust angle for better visibility, and a host of comfort and convenience features such as heated steering wheel and seats, massage and memory driver seat, dual-zone climate control, and various driver assist technologies.

Under the skin, the Capri EV is built on VW’s MEB platform, the same platform used for the European Ford Explorer EV and VW’s ID.4 and ID.5 crossovers. The Capri EV comes in rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations, with power outputs and battery capacities that closely mirror the VW ID models.

While pricing and availability details are yet to be announced, the Capri EV is expected to go on sale in Europe soon. It is unlikely to make its way to the U.S. market due to the Capri not being as well-known in America as it is in Europe. The competitive pricing of the Mach-E in the U.S. market also raises doubts about the Capri’s pricing positioning.

FAQ

Q: Is the Ford Capri EV a two-door coupe?

A: No, the Ford Capri EV is a four-door crossover, breaking away from the traditional two-door sporty car design of previous Capri models.

Q: What platform is the Ford Capri EV built on?

A: The Ford Capri EV is built on VW’s MEB platform, shared with other electric vehicles from Ford and VW.

Conclusion

The Ford Capri EV represents a departure from the traditional two-door coupe heritage of the Capri name. While it shares some design elements with its predecessors, the overall styling falls short of capturing the essence of the iconic Capri. Built on VW’s MEB platform, the Capri EV offers a mix of performance and range, but its success in the market remains to be seen.

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