Report: Ford is developing Focus Coupe to go up against VW Scirocco

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 24, 2010

The Ford coupé is set on making a comeback with a vengeance. According to a report from Auto Express, Ford is developing a modern interpretation of the Capri and is hoping to compete with the VW Scirocco. As the Cougar had departed from the lineup in 2002, Ford has not had any model to rival the Scirocco.

Ford’s new model is based on the FocusMkIII, and it will serve two functions. First, it will replace the outgoing three-door hatch and secondly, it will serve as an exciting flagship for the entire range. Expect to see the Focus coupé concept make its debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January.

This coupé is a ‘world car’ just like the latest Focus and Fiesta – a result of the One Ford global design strategy. In a recent interview with Auto Express, design boss Martin Smith had dropped hints about a coupé.

He said that after Ford succeeds with its basic product line-up, its plan had always been to “build more exciting products.” According to an industry insider, designers have spent a large portion of this year working on the coupé concept.

This source said that pictures of Capris on their studio walls served as inspiration. But from the first images that came out, the coupé doesn’t have a retro design and appears to be inspired by the Focus ST.

The shape is stretched and widened, and at the front, there is a gaping grille. At the rear, there is a steeply sloping screen. One particular feature that was taken from the past is the unique Capri-style curving C-pillars. Other features include LED headlights, large alloys and a centre-exit exhaust.

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