Cupra Formentor concept: bespoke model to have PHEV and ICE power options

Published: 06 March 2019

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

This is Cupra’s first standalone model, the Formentor SUV. It’s just a concept for now, but it previews a new coupe SUV for the brand to sit above the Ateca. It’s made its public debut at the 2019 Geneva motor show.

The new SUV has been revealed on the first anniversary of the performance spin-off brand and uses a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Engine and performance specs are scarce, but Cupra says the car has a total output of 242bhp from both the petrol and electric motor, driven by a dual-clutch auto. The battery pack allows for up to 31 miles on full-electric mode.

Cupra boss, Wayne Griffiths, also confirmed to CAR that a full ICE version of the Formentor would be part of the powertrain options, using the 300PS (297bhp) engine and drivetrain seen in the Cupra Ateca. Since it's a little bigger than the Ateca, expect a sub-six second sprint time when the production Formentor arrives in 2020.

Formentor rear quarter

‘Formentor’ as name is certainly little out there. It reminds us of those soul-sucking demons from the Harry Potter universe and, while the coupe-SUV shape may make some groan with displeasure, design director Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos says ‘I truly believe that Cupra Formentor inspires pure desire’. Not designed to sap life from you, then.

There are bits of Ateca and Tarraco in the overall design, plus some cool holographic-like rear lights. Smush all of that together onto a coupe-SUV and Cupra thinks it’s onto a winner. Inside, the brand says there are bucket seats and a floating dashboard with an all-new infotainment system.

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By Jake Groves

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