2025 Ford Capri is a Volkswagen electric SUV in a new suit, not a reborn coupe

Posted on July 11, 2024Comments Off on 2025 Ford Capri is a Volkswagen electric SUV in a new suit, not a reborn coupe

This is the new Ford Capri, and yes, it’s an electric SUV.

Ford has revived the Capri nameplate in Europe for the first time since its third-generation coupe ended production in 1986, bringing back the badge for its latest electric vehicle (EV).

The Ford Capri is essentially a coupe-influenced version of the Ford Explorer, another European-market model which we’re unlikely to see in Australia.

Both vehicles are underpinned by Volkswagen’s MEB EV platform, with the Capri effectively acting as Ford’s version of the ID.5, while the Explorer is closer to the traditional SUV design of the ID.4.

All examples of the Ford Capri will be built in Cologne – where all three generations of the original petrol-powered coupe were produced – and deliveries are due to begin in the coming months.

In the UK, drive-away prices for the Ford Capri start from £48,075 ($91,530), making it £2200 ($4190) more than the base Explorer and £4745 ($9030) dearer than the base Mustang Mach-E.

Ford will offer the Capri with two drivetrain options across two variants.

Ford Capri RWD Ford Capri AWD
Power 210kW 250kW
Torque 545Nm 545Nm (rear motor), 134Nm (front motor)
Acceleration (0-100km/h) 6.4 seconds  5.3 seconds 
Battery capacity 77kWh 79kWh
Projected driving range (WLTP) 598km (20-inch wheels)
627km (19-inch wheels)
560km (20-inch wheels)
592km (19-inch wheels)
Maximum DC charging rate 135kW 185kW

Unlike the Volkswagen SUV twins upon which they’re based, Ford’s Capri and Explorer EVs have adopted completely different exterior designs to each other. 

In an attempt to give the new Capri some kind of link back to the coupe which inspired it, its LED headlights evoke the four units on the classic model, as does its creased bonnet and rounded C-pillar.

It measures 4634mm long, 2063mm wide and 1626mm tall, riding on a 2767mm wheelbase.

The interior also shows some Volkswagen influences, most notably with its small digital instrument cluster, though Ford has largely carried across the cabin design of the Explorer to the Capri.

As to be expected with all of its modern technology and EV architecture, the new Capri isn’t as svelte as its predecessors, tipping the scales at 2098kg to 2190kg, depending on spec.

Ford says its boot capacity with the back seats up (and to the top of the seat, not the roof) is 567-572 litres, boasting more load room than the ID.5.

Standard equipment in the ‘base’ Capri includes 19-inch wheels, a head-up display, a portrait-oriented 14.7-inch touchscreen, massaging and heated front seats, a seven-speaker sound system, dual-zone climate control, as well as LED headlights with automatic high-beam.

Capri Premium variants add 20-inch wheels, matrix LED headlights, a 10-speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system, adjustable ambient lighting and a hands-free power tailgate.

Optional equipment for European buyers includes ergonomic front seats, a heat pump and a panoramic glass roof.

There’s also a large suite of safety systems included, such as blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic braking, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane-keep assist, traffic sign recognition and a rear-view camera, among others.

Ford has yet to confirm whether the Explorer and Capri will be sold outside Europe and the UK.

The company plans to add another electric SUV to its local lineup, however, with the upcoming Puma Gen-E set to join the Mustang Mach-E.