Cupra Formentor range expanded with new entry-level trim

Cupra Formentor’s newest base-model features a 148bhp petrol engine and a less aggressive chassis setup

Cupra has launched a new entry-level version of the Formentor, which features the same look as the 306bhp flagship model, but borrows the less powerful 148bhp 1.5-litre engine from the SEAT Leon hatchback.

The new entry-level Formentor is available to order now, priced from £27,395, with first deliveries expected to arrive during spring 2021. The base-model will also be joined by a new 242bhp plug-in hybrid variant in the New Year.

Cupra’s entry-level Formentor is powered by the Volkswagen Group’s familiar 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which has 148bhp and 250Nm of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, although buyers can have a seven-speed DSG for an extra £1,430.

The update also adds a further two specifications to the Formentor’s line-up – V1 and V2 – taking the SUV’s total number of trim-levels to five. Standard equipment for the cheapest model now includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, rear privacy glass, rain-sensing windscreen wipers and rear parking sensors.

Inside, the V1 model comes with sports seats, a multifunction steering wheel, three-zone climate control and a wireless smartphone charger. Buyers also get the flagship Formentor’s 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and 12-inch infotainment system, along with a host of safety equipment, such as lane assist and predictive adaptive cruise control.

V2 models are priced from £29,690 and build on the base-model’s spec with 19-inch alloy wheels, a heated steering wheel, a rear-view camera, park assist and leather dashboard upholstery for the car’s dashboard and door cards.

Cupra’s “VZ” Formentor models are only available with the firm’s range-topping 306bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine. Currently, there are three-options to choose from – VZ2, VZ3 and a highly specced VZ Edition variant, which marked the car’s launch earlier this year.

VZ2 models start from £39,830. Along with the more powerful engine, upgrades over the V2 model include sports suspension, adaptive dampers and a pair of electrically adjustable and heated bucket seats, complete with an embroidered “Cupra” logo in the headrest. 

The current Formentor range is topped-off by the VZ3 and VZ Edition models, which add Brembo brakes and a panoramic sunroof respectively. Prices for the top two models start from £42,200 and £43,840.

Next year Cupra will expand the Formentor’s line-up again with a new VZ1 model. It’ll feature pretty much the same level of equipment as the VZ2 variant, but will be paired with a less powerful 187bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. Prices are yet to be confirmed. 

New Cupra Formentor: engines and performance

Once the dust has settled from the launch of the new 1.5-litre petrol model, the Formentor range will expand again early next year with a new plug-in hybrid model. The powertrain will be near-identical to the system found in the latest Volkswagen Golf GTE, comprising a turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine, an electric motor and 13kWh battery pack.

The system’s petrol engine will be mated to a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox as standard – and, combined, Cupra says the PHEV powertrain will produce 242bhp and 400Nm of torque. The brand also says the Formentor PHEV will have a pure-electric range of 31 miles.

The range-topping Formentor features a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine, which produces 306bhp and 400Nm. The unit is mated to a four-wheel drive system and a seven-speed gearbox – and, while performance figures are still yet to be confirmed, we expect a 0–62mph time around the five second mark.

Both of these models are offered with Cupra’s Dynamic Chassis Control system. DCC consists of adaptive dampers whose rate of response alters based on one of the four driving modes selected: Comfort, Sport, Cupra or Individual. The settings are selected via a button mounted on the steering wheel.

New Cupra Formentor: design and interior

Cupra officials always hinted that the production Formentor’s styling would remain faithful to the concept version we saw at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Indeed, save for some subtle colour changes – the fins in the front bumper are black rather than body coloured, and the alloy wheels now have copper-coloured detailing – the two cars are pretty much identical.

Measuring 4,450mm long and 1,511mm tall, the Formentor is 87mm longer and 104mm lower than the Ateca, lending it a sportier, coupe SUV-like appearance, while more flamboyant creases around the wheel arches give a more dramatic look. At the rear, there’s a full width light bar – a feature also seen on the Cupra Leon.

The Leon also lends its dashboard design to the Formentor, too. Copper highlights are dotted around the interior and can be found on the stitching on the seat and the door trim, air vent surrounds and steering wheel.

The dash is topped off with a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The display features customisable homepage functions, while touch-sensitive controls for the climate functions sit on a small ridge just below. The infotainment system also gets both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard – the latter of which is able to connect wirelessly.

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