Cupra Formentor: High-performance coupe crossover is first standalone model for Seat offshoot

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Author: | Updated: 03 Mar 2020 12:44

Cupra has revealed the first model developed exclusively for the brand: the Cupra Formentor, a high-performance coupe crossover.

Cupra Formentor lead

Top five things you need to know about the Cupra Formentor

  • Mixes sporty performance with SUV qualities.
  • Available as a 306bhp 4WD petrol or 242bhp high-performance plug-in hybrid.
  • Floating 12in touchscreen highlight of the cabin.
  • Drive modes ensure dynamic ability.
  • First model exclusively made for the Seat offshoot.

Cupra Formentor rear

Cupra Formentor styling

Taking inspiration from the wild cape on the Spanish island of Mallorca, the Formentor’s exterior design embodies a high-performance crossover.

With a coupe-esque touch, Formentor measures 4,450mm long and 1,511mm tall making it marginally longer and lower than the Cupra Ateca. In combination with the two-tone body, this helps lend it a more sporty appearance too.

At the rear, the integration of coast-to-coast lighting also creates a visual width to the vehicle which is something that has also been exploited on the upcoming Seat Leon.

19in alloy wheels – available in Copper finish – which house 18in performance Brembo brakes finish its sporty aesthetic.

Cupra Formentor interior

Cupra Formentor interior

The high-quality interior further emphasises the Formentor’s sense of modernity and sportiness. Brushed dark aluminium and copper accents make the cabin feel contemporary, while bucket seats are mounted low in the cabin to maximise space, allow a more ergonomic seating position and give a sense of the dynamic performance available.

A flat-bottomed steering wheel houses the engine start and Cupra driving mode buttons, as well as gearbox shift paddles.

The dashboard features horizontal full-LED wraparound ambient lighting. Running the full width into the front doors, it is not only aesthetically pleasing but also flashes yellow when Blind Spot Detection or Exit Assist are activated.

Cupra Formentor infotainment

The centrepiece of the dashboard is the 12in touchscreen which provides functionality and connectivity to all occupants, while the driver also benefits from a fully-customisable digital cockpit.

The touchscreen also integrates voice and gesture control and is compatible with both Apple CarPlay (wireless) and Android Auto (wired).

An embedded SIM card also brings online services directly into the vehicle via Cupra Connect, allowing customers to access downloadable apps, online radio and remote access to vehicle data.

Cupra Formentor performance

Cupra Formentor engines and performance

The Cupra Formentor will be available with two high-performance powertrains: a 306bhp 4WD petrol or 242bhp high-performance plug-in hybrid, both mated to a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission.

The ultimate expression of Cupra’s performance will be the 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine which produces 306bhp and 400Nm of torque. 4Drive technology constantly monitors steering angle and wheel speed to deliver power and give a sense of confidence behind the wheel.

The Cupra Formentor is also the next step in the brand’s electrification offensive, with a high-performance plug-in hybrid available from launch. Pairing a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with an 85kW electric motor, the hybrid will produce a combined 242bhp and 400Nm of torque as well as offer an all-electric range of 31 miles.

Four driver profiles will feature – Comfort, Sport, Cupra and Individual – while an intelligent Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) system underpins the coupe crossover’s performance to deliver the most engaging drive.

Cupra Formentor rear sq

Cupra Formentor safety

A range of driver assistance and safety systems aims to make the Cupra Formentor one of the most relaxing and safest vehicles on the road. Predictive Adaptive Cruise Control uses the car’s forward-facing camera, traffic sign recognition and GPS data to proactively adjust the cruise control speed based on speed limit changes, junctions, roundabouts and corners.

Cupra Formentor release date

Deliveries of the Cupra Formentor are expected in the last quarter of 2020.

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