The new CUPRA Formentor is the newest edition to the CUPRA family. As the first model ever developed specifically for the CUPRA brand the new Formentor certainly lives up to its reputation. The high-performance coupe crossover is the epitome of the CUPRA DNA: sophistication, innovation and a dynamic driving experience. Mixing sporty performance with the everyday practicality of an SUV makes for an extremely appealing combination that ticks all the boxes for many people. Not only that, the attention to detail and powerful dynamic exterior really makes this stand out from the crowd.
Named after the wild cape on the Spanish island of Mallorca, in the Balearics the new model encapsulates all the attributes of the unique setting that lend themselves to the high-performance crossover’s exterior design. The rocks of the cape, which have been sculpted by the wind, served the design team as inspiration for the side contours that show dynamism and a feeling of movement.
The two-tone body is reminiscent of a robust all-terrain vehicle, but the CUPRA Formentor’s design uses the aesthetic technique to lighten the vehicle’s silhouette. Unlike a traditional SUV, the vehicle merges all-terrain attributes with the compact and sporty aesthetics of a hatchback, in coupe crossover form.
From the moment you sit in the Formentor you immediately appreciate the open cabin, sharp taut lines of the dashboard and the incredible materials that provides a sense of modernity and sportiness expected of a CUPRA model. The aggressive flat bottom steering wheel houses the engine start and CUPRA driving mode buttons, as well as gearbox shift paddles. This immediately gives you a taste of the dynamic driving characteristics of the vehicle. Taking centre stage is the floating 12-inch touchscreen, providing the functionality and connectivity to all occupants and reduces button count. The driver benefits from a fully-customisable digital cockpit.
Available with two high-performance powertrains ready to provide a unique driving experience that matches the sporty design. The ultimate expression of CUPRA’s performance promise will be the 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine with 4Drive technology. The pulse-raising engine provides peak power output of 310PS and 400Nm of torque with an emotive sound that adds to the allure of the vehicle. The 4Drive system constantly monitors numerous sources – steering angle, wheel speed and yaw of the vehicle – to deliver power to the correct wheel at the precise time, giving a sense of confidence behind the wheel in any driving scenario.
The CUPRA Formentor is also the next step in the brand’s electrification offensive, with a high-performance plug-in hybrid available from launch. The 1.4-litre TSI 150PS (110kW) petrol engine is paired to a 115PS (85kW) electric motor, powered by a 13kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which allows the CUPRA Formentor to deliver eco-conscious performance. The eHybrid delivers a total peak power of 245PS (180kW) of peak power and 400Nm of torque with an electric range of 50km (31 miles).