Cupra pumps up the style for all-new Formentor SUV

  • The first bespoke car from new brand Cupra
  • Available as a 245hp PHEV or 310hp AWD version
  • On sale in the UK towards the end of 2020

With the launch of the new Formentor, it looks like new Spanish brand Cupra is about to get serious. it goes its own way with the new Formentor SUV, which takes concept car looks and hot hatch styling and puts them on your shopping list by the end of 2020.

The production-spec Cupra Formentor has barely changed from the concept, which was revealed at the 2019 Geneva show, which is why it's so arresting to look at for an SUV.

The 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.

What's it like inside?

Cupra Formentor (2020) interior view

Inside is, again, a lot like the new Cupra Leon. Big 12-inch central infotainment 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 and driver-assistance systems are all available.

As for performance, it's quick. Ther are two variants are on offer and they first debuted with the new Cupra Leon. Buyers can choose from a 245hp plug-in hybrid and front-wheel drive or a 310hp 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.

What this means for you

We don't know that much about this one, but what it shows is that the SUV continues to evolve. It's barely taller than a standard hatchback and it has as much performance as most typical hot hatches.

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.

Cupra Formentor (2020) rear view

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