Cupra’s new Formentor is brand’s first standalone model

Published: 02 March 2020

► New Cupra Formentor SUV
► Concept previewed at Geneva
► Plug-in powertrain with 242bhp

Now Cupra is finally going its own way with the new Formentor SUV. It’s made the transition from concept to a full production car and was expected to make its full debut at the 2020 Geneva motor show.

The name ‘Formentor’ comes from a cape off the coast of Mallorca, and definitely isn’t a ghoulish soul-sucker from Harry Potter. You’ll be able to get your hands on one towards the end of 2020.

Looks familiar…

The production-spec Cupra Formentor has barely changed from the concept at the 2019 Geneva show, so that’ll be why. That and the Cupra Leon was revealed not long before this was. This coupe-SUV blends bits of Ateca and Seat Tarraco in there, too, even if the shape is all new to Cupra.

Sharp angular headlights, a single light bar at the rear, copper-tipped alloys and brake calipers feature, as per standard Cupra tradition.

Cupra Formentor interior

Inside is, again, a lot like the new Cupra Leon. Big 12-inch central touchscreen, digital dials and sporty bucket seats available in ‘petrol blue’ or black, in the case of the Formentor. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, online services via Cupra Connect, and a big suite of safety kit are all available.

It’s a Cupra, so it must be fast…

Two power variants are on offer and – shock – they first debuted with the new Cupra Leon. Buyers can choose from a 242bhp plug-in hybrid and front-wheel drive or a 306bhp all-wheel drive petrol-only version. Both are mated to a seven-speed DSG auto. Cupra is a tad light on performance spec details, but promises 31 miles of all-electric range from the PHEV version.

Cupra Formentor rear

When and how much?

The first deliveries will arrive in the ‘last quarter’ of 2020. Expect pricing to naturally chime in higher than the Cupra Ateca – we expect a baseline price of around £40,000.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches