Ford’s new electric car spotted for the first time
Based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform, Ford’s new electric crossover has been spotted testing for the first time. The Ford Capri will be revived as the second electric vehicle resulting from the partnership.
Designed to be the European version of the Mustang, the Ford Capri is set to return as an electric crossover SUV.
After its launch in 1969, the 2+2 coupe was a huge success, selling more than 400,000 models in just the first two years. By 1974, 1.2 million Ford Capris had been sold, and a three-door hatch had replaced the original model.
As new high-performance hatches like the Volkswagen Golf GTI hit the market, the Ford Capri lost ground.
Production of the Capri ended in 1986, but the legendary name returns as an electric crossover.
Pre-production prototypes of Ford’s new electric crossover have emerged ahead of its 2024 debut. The Ford Capri EV was spotted testing for the first time by Auto Expressgiving us a glimpse of what we can expect to see in the final version scheduled for release next year.
As you can see, the electric crossover has many similar features to the MEB. For example, its long wheelbase and wide stance reveal it.
You can see the silhouette of the car’s sloping roof and straight tail despite the camouflage. The report notes that the images show a similar design to Cupra’s first electric SUV, the Tavascan. The Cupra Tavascan is also based on VW’s MEB platform.
Ford’s electric crossover will be available with a 335-horsepower dual motor and an 82-kilowatt-hour battery. This should be good for about 300 miles. Meanwhile, a single motor (long range version) featuring the same battery can provide up to 330 miles.
There will likely be smaller, cheaper options with a 55 kWh battery, good for about 220 miles. Prices have not been revealed but are expected to be around £40,000 ($49,000).
Ford’s new electric crossover will join the European electric car lineup
You can also see the distinctive dual headlamp design found on classic Capri models. Ford has teased headlights after revealing plans to launch several new electric models in Europe.
Ford’s electric Capri will be followed by the recently revealed Explorer EV, which is scheduled to hit the European market in mid-2024. It will also follow the Puma electric, which is expected to launch later next year or early 2025.
The all-electric Ford Explorer was unveiled in March with a starting price of $50,000 (€45,000).
Although Ford planned to open orders for the Explorer EV this fall with deliveries by the end of the year, production was postponed as it awaited battery technology from Volkswagen.
The new electric models are part of a 2020 partnership with Volkswagen to use its MEB platform. Ford’s partnership is part of its plans to go fully electric by 2035, with nine new electric vehicles in its lineup.
Ford is essentially doing what it did with the Mustang with the Capri. The automaker took an iconic nameplate and turned it into an all-electric crossover.
At the right price, the electric Capri could help boost sales in the region. However, it will face stiff competition, with the Tesla Model Y and several new electric crossovers hitting the market.
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