Rumor: New Ford Capri coming in 2010

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

There were initial reports that stated that Ford was resurrecting the Capri, however, new reports are now including some details. For instance, the model will be called a three-door Capri version of the next generation global Ford Focus and will come in concept form and plans for production in 2010.

With the resurgence of the coupe and hatch body styles in recent years due to economical reasons the speculation of the re-emergence of the Ford Capri came about. Ford is hoping that the re-emergence of its classic brand, which utilizes a proven platform, will do to the carmaker what the Scirocco did to VW. The desire of the company to revive the Capri dates back to 2003 when it released a concept called the Visos.

The Visos kept the original body style of a two-door hatchback. Both roadster and coupe designs have been suggested for the latest model, but the three-door hatch design has won according to reports.

The Capri will be powered by a wide range of powerplants to attract a wide range of customers including a fuel efficient 140hp (104kW) 4-cylinder, a sporty 250hp (186kW) 5-cylinder, or a smaller, but more efficient 2.0-liter EcoBoost unit.

These powerplant line would bring the Capri to the level of the Scirocco and it will also be priced at a competitive 20,000 Euros ($29,500) in the European market. The Capri, unlike other modern revivals like the Camaro, Challenger or the Mustang itself, comes with a forward-looking design instead of a throw-back one. Even the Visos concept needed significant modernization before being released to the market.

The Capri revival is still in the speculation stage and production won't be expected before 2012, although this will give Ford enough time to straighten out and finalize its design and powetrain intentions. Recent design cues plus a resemblance to the Kuga and Focus are being considered, with a concept model expected in 2010 to be unveiled.

Topics: ford, sports car

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