Get your orders in! The first bespoke Cupra model, the Formentor, will be available to order from the 20th October 2020. Keep reading to discover anything you need to know about the first fully-fledged model from SEAT’s premium sub-brand Cupra.
“The CUPRA Formentor encapsulates the essence of the brand and will be key in establishing the brand as a relevant player in the market. Thanks to this model, we expect CUPRA to expand its international presence and double its sales volumes,”SEAT President and CUPRA CEO Wayne Griffiths.
The Cupra Formentor is designed to stand out. With a distinctly different look to the SEAT range, the Cupra instantly grabs your attention. The design remains largely unchanged from the dynamic model first showcased at last year’s Geneva motor show. So while it may be built on the same MQB platform on the Ateca it features more aggressive styling including a longer bonnet, sharp side sculpting, a stunning coupe roofline and four black exhausts.
As standard, the Formentor will sit on chunky 19-inch wheels surrounded by robust wheel arches which strengthen its tough stance. Plus thanks to the option of a unique combination of colours for the wheels and bodywork to give you a truly individual look.
The Formentor measures 4450mm long, 1839mm wide, 1511mm tall and has a wheelbase measuring 2680mm giving rear passengers a bit more space. However, by sitting the car lower Cupra enhances the muscular lines to generate further appeal.
Far from just looking the part, the Cupra Formentor delivers powerful performance for a more thrilling drive experience. Cupra has announced plans to offer seven different engines, with availability depending on the market. However, as yet details on just two of the engine have been released.
First up, is the top of the range306bhp two-litre turbocharged petrol unit produces 295lb ft torque and sends power to all four wheels. Capable of 0-62mph in just 4.9 seconds, it has plenty of oomph for a more dynamic driving experience.
For those looking for a more environmentally friendly model, there will be a 242bhp eHybrid plug-in engine. It mates a 148bhp 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with a 114bhp electric motor and a 13kWh lithium-ion battery. This has a slightly slower 0-62mph time of just over six seconds but is still pretty agile. However, it is the 31-mile electric-only range which is likely to appeal to people looking to use the Formentor as their daily drive.
Both engine options come with a seven-speed automatic gearbox for smoother driving. Meanwhile, VW Group’s Dynamic Chassis Control helps keep all that power under control.
Step inside, and the unique sportiness of the Cupra branding is immediately apparent. Bucket seats come as standard, to give customers the look and feel of a true sports model. Meanwhile, a flat-bottomed sports-style steering wheel which features both engine start and drive mode buttons further enhances the dynamic power within.
Using expertly crafted high-quality materials improves on-board luxury. Plus for further distinction, the Cupra Formentor comes with bespoke copper interior highlights.
Yet despite all these luxury flourishes, the Formentor still offers incredible practicality day-to-day. As well as a well-sized cabin with additional space for rear passengers, the Formentor gets a well-sized 450-litre boot capacity.
More Connected, Less Stressful
The newly designed dashboard is built around a 12-inch infotainment touchscreen and digital instrument display which comes with fully integrated smartphone mirroring. It also features a horizontal LED light strip which runs to the front doors, which provides indications for safety functions such as blind-spot detection.
For improved use on the move, the Formentor gets its own Cupra Connect Smartphone App which allows you to access a range of the car’s functions remotely. For instance, you can use it to locate your vehicle in a car park when you’ve forgotten where you parked.
Cupra Formentor VZ
The initial 50 models built will be top of the range Cupra Formentor VZ special edition models. ‘VZ’ is derived from the Spanish word ‘Veloz’ which means fast. It denotes the presence of the powerful two-litre turbocharged engine. The special edition model comes in a distinctive metallic grey paint, 19-inch copper alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof and powerful Brembo brakes.
Cupra Formentor Production
Production of this dynamic coupe-SUV has begun at the firm’s Martorell factory in Barcelona, with plans to roll out 160 cars per day. UK order books will open on 20th October 2020 with deliveries later this year, so you don’t have long to wait. Contact your local Stoneacre SEAT showroom to register your interest now.