Ford to reveal coupe-SUV next month – and it could wear Capri name

James Batchelor

8 Jun 2024

Ford will unveil a coupe version of its new Explorer electric SUV next month as the carmaker aims to ramp up EV sales across Europe and the UK.

The new model is rumoured to wear the brand's fabled Capri name according to media reports, and will rival other coupe-SUV models such as the Peugeot E-3008, Volvo EC40 (previously known as C40 Recharge) and the Volkswagen ID.5. It's described by Ford as a 'sports crossover' and be revealed on July 10.

The new EV won't just rival the ID.5 but will also share key componentry, too. Like the Explorer, the newcomer will use Volkswagen Group's MEB electric car platform thanks to a wide-ranging technology partnership between Volkswagen and Ford. 

This week, Ford opened a new EV facility in Cologne, Germany, as part of a $2 billion (£1.57 billion) investment in its facility there following the ending of Fiesta production. It has an annual production capacity of 250,000 EVs and will be part of Ford's plan to build two million electric vehicles annually by the end of 2026.

After being revealed on July 10, the new coupe-SUV will begin production there later this year. It will grown Ford's European range of pure-electric cars and will be the next step in the Blue Oval's plan to recapture ground lost to the likes of Stellantis, the Volkswagen Group and Chinese carmakers in the EV market.

If the car does adopt the Capri name, it'll be the first time Ford has used the nameplate since 1986. The firm sold 1.8 million Capris in the car's 18-year production run.

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