The iconic Ford Capri is making a return, and pre-production prototypes are already hitting the road, offering a glimpse of what the new EV will look like upon its arrival next year. Following the reboots of other renowned nameplates like the Explorer and Puma, the new Capri is embracing a fresh crossover style, thanks to Ford’s European partnership with Volkswagen and the MEB platform from the German automaker.
The MEB platform is immediately evident in the Capri’s design, featuring wide proportions, a lengthy wheelbase, short overhangs, and sizeable wheels and wheel arches. Under the camouflage, the vehicle showcases a sloping roofline and upright tail, with overall proportions somewhat resembling the upcoming Cupra Tavascan, which also utilizes the MEB architecture.
Additionally, the prototype shares similarities in glazing and potentially blacked-out A-pillars that support a semi-floating roof. The vehicle’s front end is characterized by an upright and bluff nose with headlights that pay homage to the double-roundel lighting signature seen on classic Capri models.
Other design elements include a lower grille opening and air-curtain inlets that enhance front wheel arch airflow. These areas have a subtle crossover-style cladding, which may be offered in body-colored or contrasting finishes.
The rear end doesn’t hide the full-width rear light bar, and the C-pillar appears to pay tribute to the original Capri’s design with a C-shaped rear quarter glass unique to Ford.
The Capri’s interior will likely incorporate elements previewed by the upcoming Explorer SUV, featuring a simple and uncluttered design dominated by a 15-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen and a smaller driver’s display. The Capri is expected to have a traditional center console, unlike its VW counterparts, due to its sloping roofline. While it may not offer as much cabin space as the boxier Explorer, the new Capri will be more practical, providing seating for five and ample trunk space.
The upcoming Capri will offer a range of powertrains, with the most powerful being a 250 kW twin-motor version equipped with an 82 kWh battery pack. This configuration is estimated to provide a range of around 480 km, while a single-motor variant with the same battery pack could potentially offer up to 530 km in a long-range version.
Although pricing details have not been confirmed, it is anticipated that the Capri will be competitively priced, starting near the new Explorer’s range. More information will be revealed in the lead-up to its official debut next year, as it joins Ford’s expanding lineup of EVs, including the all-electric Puma.