Cupra Formentor performance SUV coming in 2020

The Cupra Formentor concept previews a production coupe-SUV for SEAT's performance brand

SEAT will add more models to its spun-off Cupra performance sub-brand in 2020 with the launch of the Formentor coupe SUV, which was revealed in near prouduction form at the Geneva Motor Show back in March. It’ll go on sale in 2020, and will be quickly followed by regular SEAT badged versions with less potent powertrains.  

The Formentor is Cupra’s first standalone model and is designed to be a halo car for the brand.

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In effect, the Cupra Formentor is a coupe version of the Cupra Ateca, but it also takes some of its styling cues from the newer SEAT Tarraco flagship.

Changes between the Tarraco and the Ateca include a deeper, more aggressive front bumper, a wider track, more exaggerated wheel arches, a lower ride-height, a sharply-tapering roofline and a larger rear wing rounding off the rakish rear end. The shoulders over the rear wheels are particularly pronounced, while the number plate has moved from the tailgate to the rear bumper above the large diffuser and quad exhaust pipes.

The Formentor’s full-length rear light-bar seems to be lifted from the Spanish firm’s largest SUV, whilst the headlights and grille are near-identical to those on the Tarraco.

Inside, the Cupra Formentor features a new floating dashboard layout, a set of carbon-fibre-backed bucket seats, a digital instrument cluster and a 10-inch panoramic infotainment system with satellite navigation.

The Formentor is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain producing 242bhp, which feeds its power through a dual-clutch DSG transmission. Full specifications for the drivetrain are yet to be released, but we’re anticipating it will be the same plug-in hybrid setup Skoda previewed in the Vision RS concept at the Paris Motor Show last October.

Cupra claims the Formentor is capable of driving for 50km (around 30 miles) on electric power alone under the WLTP regulations. The drivetrain will also feature a differential lock, which points to an all-wheel-drive setup.

The Formentor name sticks with SEAT and Cupra tradition, because it comes from Spanish geography. In this instance, the Cap de Formentor is found on the Balearic island of Majorca.

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