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Ford Capri

The Ford Capri is back – and this time it’s electric

The Ford Capri is back – this time it’s electric, and it’s looking a lot more like an SUV crossover coupe than the original 1970s/1980s low-slung two-door sporty coupe.

The Ford Capri is based on the Ford Explorer, and, don’t tell anyone, both are in turn based on the Volkswagen ID.5 and Volkswagen ID.4 platforms respectively (even the software behind the portrait-format touchscreen is based on Volkswagen’s last-generation technology).

Is the new Ford recognisable as a Capri? Not really. Maybe the fastback rear window is the link, compared to the SUV body style of the Ford Explorer (although the rear three-quarters profile looks very similar to a Polestar 2).

The Ford Capri will be available with a 286hp rear-wheel drive extended-range powertrain and a 340hp all-wheel-drive extended-range option, with 77 kWh and 79 kWh batteries (yes, both very similar in size) – as in the Explorer. Acceleration times from 0-62mph are 6.3 seconds and 5.5 seconds respectively. The all-wheel drive model is due to have a range of 348 miles compared to 390 miles for the rear-wheel drive model.

Ultra-rapid charging of up to 185 kW for the AWD model will deliver a 10% to 80% charge in 26 minutes; the rear-wheel drive model only gets 135 kW rapid charging.

Both powertrains will be available in standard or Premium trim. A large boot offers up to 572 litres of space – strangely, this is larger than the SUV-body shaped Explorer, which only offers 450 litres.

The Ford Capri has a kerb weight of between 2,098kg and 2,190kg depending on the model.

Prices for the extended-range versions start from £48,075 for the rear-wheel drive model, with the all-wheel drive option at around £52,000. The Capri is due to enter production in the coming weeks with the first cars expected in the UK around mid-autumn this year.

Both the Capri and the Explorer are due to be available with an entry-level rear-wheel drive layout with a smaller (52 kWh) battery and 168bhp at a later date, starting at £42,075.

The Capri and the Explorer slot below the Mustang Mach-E in Ford’s EV line-up.