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Ford just relaunched the Capri to mixed reception

Another classic nameplate revived as an electric crossover

The Ford Capri's back, but not how most expected it to be. PHOTO FROM FORD

Some names in the car world simply need no introduction, and the Ford Capri is without a doubt one of them. Ford’s legendary two-door coupe first saw the light of day in 1968, and the later models of the ’70s and the ’80s developed a bit of a cult following.

From being used by The Professionals, a famous TV series at the time, to being called the “everyman’s Lamborghini” by a British magazine once, the Capri always had something rebellious, something edgy, and something desirable about it—right until Ford stopped making it in 1986.

Now, the firm is bringing the famous name back, but anticipation quickly turned to disappointment as the new Capri was revealed.

It looks a little too much like a Polestar. PHOTOS FROM FORD

I’m not sure what people were hoping to see with the new Capri, but if they are like me, then at least something that vaguely resembles the original car. In the way that Renault resurrected the 5, maybe.

Instead, what we got was a sort of yellow brick on wheels that left a lot of people scratching their heads before going, “Nope, I don’t like it.” Maybe it’s one of those cars that look better in the metal than on promotional images, but first impressions count, and they don’t seem to be great.

The two-door sedan now grows up to be a four-door 'sports car for the family'. PHOTOS FROM FORD

At its core, the new Capri is a four-door EV that Ford calls a “soulful sports car for the family,” and it comes in two versions.

Option 1 is a 286hp rear-wheel-drive model with 627km of range and a 0-100km/h time of 6.4 seconds. Option 2 comes with all-wheel drive, 340hp and 592km of range, and it does the sprint from zero to 100km/h in 5.3 seconds.

Next to the two powertrain options, buyers can also choose between two versions: Capri and Capri Premium.

The interior is nicely appointed, though. PHOTOS FROM FORD

The standard Capri comes with 19-inch alloys, a huge 17L center storage solution called the MegaConsole, a 14.6-inch adjustable center screen that you can move up and down, and a driver’s seat with massaging function.

Pick the Premium trim and you’ll get 20-inch rims, ambient lighting, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, and a hands-free tailgate.

Both versions come in a range of colors that include strong hues like Vivid Yellow and Blue My Mind. A range of driver safety and assistance programs are also onboard, and if you find the right rapid charger, you can refill the powerpack from 10% to 80% in just 26 minutes.

Most people lament the loss of the graceful coupe design. PHOTOS FROM FORD

Standing 4,634mm long, 1,872mm wide, and 1,626mm tall, this reborn legend has grown in size over the original, and now seems to be a four-door sedan crossover SUV-type model that’s really hard to put into a particular category.

One thing it certainly isn’t: an elegant, nimble, and relatively light coupe that would look great in a 1970s crime series on TV. The new Capri has a curb weight of at least 2,098kg and can weigh as much as 2,745kg fully laden.

Of course, that’s not unusual for an electric car, but it’s also one more way in which the old and the new car differ greatly.

Unfortunately, that's just the direction of the automotive market nowadays. PHOTOS FROM FORD

Should Ford have tried to keep the new Capri closer to the original? Maybe, but life doesn’t stand still, and maybe a new generation of buyers—those who never watched The Professionals on TV—will embrace the new design, partially because they never experienced the old one.

It’s like kids these days thinking that modern artists resampling songs from years gone by is original music. It isn’t, and a certain generation will cringe whenever they hear that, but it’s the way things are going.

Change is inevitable, and while the buyers of tomorrow zip around town in their electric Capris, grumpy old men like me will look on and remember how the only proper one was the old 3.0-liter version. And who knows? Maybe one day another TV detective will drive an electric one and continue the legacy.

Frank Schuengel

Frank is a German e-commerce executive who loves his wife, a Filipina, so much he decided to base himself in Manila. He has interesting thoughts on Philippine motoring. He writes the aptly named ‘Frankly’ column.