Capri was a name used by Ford for three different generation models: one from 1961 to 1964, one from 1969 to 1986 and another one from 1989 to 1994. Now the company plans to reborn the Capri name. In order to celebrate 40 years of Capri, Ford will bring a concept model that will be followed by a production version in 2012.
During a recent interview design boss Martin Smith said: "Our plan was always to get the basic Ford product line-up successful. Now we have done that, we can start to build more exciting products – and we’ll show how we’re going to do this at Detroit."
What can you understand from this statement? You will see in fact a coupe version of the current generation Ford Focus, that will be sold under the Capri name. It is expected to also see a convertible version for it. Looks like we are facing at a new war between car manufacturers, a war of legendary comebacks, a war where the only winner is the consumer, meaning us. This war will surely motivate car manufacturers in producing new cars with better engines, better design and better fuel-economy.
Hit the jump to read more about the future Ford Capri.
The exterior and interior
As for the exterior design expect to see a Focus with two doors and a more sportier appearance. And despite the fact that Ford insiders said "Designers have spent most of this year working on the coupe concept. As inspiration they’ve had pictures of Capri on their studio walls," the future Capri will take inspiration from Focus ST , but its shape will be widened, longer, lower and more dramatic.
The 2012 Capri will be defined by a gaping grille, distinctive Capri-style curving C-pillars, LED headlights, large alloys and a center-exit exhaust system.
Compared to the Focus ST, the Capri will feature a more sportier interior. Leather, sports seats and a sports steering wheel, and different aluminum inserts will most likely make their appearance.
Previous rumors said that the 2012 Capri will feature a six-cylinder engine is expected, but a possibility is also new four and five-cylinder engines to give the car a power range from 140 to 250 hp.
Apparently those rumors were not true. Under the hood Ford will place a 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine that will deliver 247 HP. Just enough to sprint the Capri from 0 to 60 mph in around 6 seconds and to hit a top speed of 155 mph.
The future Focus Coupe, alias Capri will take on models like Volkswagen Scirocco and Renault Mégane coupe. The Scirocco is offered with a range of three petrol engine that range from 120 to 200 HP, while the Megane Coupe comes with a range of petrol engines ranging from 140 to 180 HP.
But when it comes about small sports coupe is not only the output that counts. In general for this kind of model people are looking for as much as possible for the money. An attractive interior and a sporty exterior have the last words.
When can I buy one?
Ford will bring a first concept version of the Focus Coupe in 2011 at the Detroit Auto Show. A production version will follow in 2012 and prices will start from around $30,000.