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Islands in the sun: meet the new Ford Capri

Published: 10 July 2024 Updated: 11 July 2024

► All-new Ford Capri unveiled
Family SUV revives iconic name
Electric only with two powertrain options

Yep, it’s back. Meet the new Ford Capri, a fresh market entrant with a name plate steeped in history… and expectation.

If you’re wondering whether the real 2024 Capri is in fact hiding behind the coupé SUV you see before you, it’s not. The last Ford model to bear the name was a fastback European muscle car – slow slung, and hell-bent on injecting a tonic of working class heroism to the rivieras of southern Europe, but this one takes the moniker somewhere else.

Ford has revived the name for a family SUV, and not only that, but it’s also fully electric, too. Nostalgia by name, zeitgeist by nature. 

‘Bringing back a legend as revered as the Ford Capri is a big deal,’ Ford Blue and Model E boss Jon Williams said.

Ford Capri (2024) rear three quarters static

‘We’re excited that the new all-electric Capri is ready to bring some swagger to the world of EVs and introduce a whole new generation of drivers to the spirit of a cult classic.’

So, it’s a family SUV, and one that’ll likely feel more at home between supermarket carparks than on its island namesake, but what else do we know about the new Ford Capri? Read on for everything you need to know from CAR.

It’s electric, you say?

That’s right, the new Capri is fully electric and will only ever be fully electric.

It’ll be offered in two trim levels (more on that later) and with a choice of two electric motors: a 282bhp version with a range of 389 miles and a souped-up 335bhp power train with a range of 367 miles, according to WLTP.

The two can clear 0-62mph in 6.4 seconds and 5.3 seconds respectively, while both have a torque rating of 545 Nm and a top speed of 111mph.

The quoted WLTP electric ranges depend on spec, but still, they bode well for the car as pretty impressive figures. The Capri will also be available in rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive depending on which box you tick.

Is the new Capri heavy? It looks heavy…

With a kerb weight of between 2098kg and 2190kg depending on which model you go for, the new Capri is heavy by the standards of most ICE cars. Relative to its class, however, it’s about where we’d expect it to be. The Skoda Enyaq Coupe varies in weight from just under 2100kg to nearly 2200kg based on spec, so the Capri is within the right ballpark. 

What about the interior?

I’ve had a sit in the new Capri, and I can report that its interior blends a slightly unconventional mix of sleek modernism and cheap practicality. The dashboard is dominated by a large, 14.6-inch display down the centre console, flanked by gloss plastic or a carbon fibre-look thread stitch either side and below. The rest of the dash is then made up of hard/semi hard scratchy plastics, creating an altogether upmarket utilitarian feel about the cabin’s front. The scratchy materials also extend into the door frames and the rear.

There’s plenty of headroom all the way to the rear and the seats are – from my albeit limited experience of sitting in them – very comfortable. The Capri Ford had at the mercy of my poking around was finished with quilted leather seats both front and rear, supplementing a bit more of a premium feel to counter-act the plastics of the dash.

Ford Capri (2024) interior

So far, we know that the new Capri will be available in two trim levels: Capri and Capri premium. Capri, the cheapest and most basic of the two, includes a massaging driver’s seat, an adjustable 14.6-inch centre screen and 19-inch alloys to name a few features. Capri Premium adds ambient lighting, a hands-free tailgate and an uprated sound system into the mix. A panorama sunroof will be standard on the latter. 

A host of driver assistance features will also be fitted as standard on all cars.

Ford Capri (2024) front and rear static

These include reverse brake assist, intelligent adaptive cruise control and blind spot warning to name a few. A heads up display and a 360-degree camera are also available as part of Ford’s Driver Assist Pack.

How much will it cost?

We don’t know how much the new Capri will cost yet – we expect something in the region of £40,000 to £50,000, mind – nor exactly when it’s going on sale, but we’ll update this page with the relevant information as soon as we find out.  

By Seth Walton

Staff writer at CAR and our sister website Parkers, specialising in ownership and car advice