Skip advert
Advertisement

New Cupra Formentor teased ahead of 29 April reveal

The popular Formentor will soon gain a mid-life refresh with new LED lights and an illuminated badge

The Formentor is Cupra’s best-selling car and the Spanish brand is clearly keen to keep it fresh with a new facelift on the way. The maker has now confirmed the revised Cupra Formentor will be revealed alongside an updated Cupra Leon on 29 April – issuing a single teaser image in the process.

Advertisement - Article continues below

We’d already spotted the revised compact SUV out testing on the road, but this picture gives us our first official look at the updated car. Limited only to the rear lighting signature, it shows a distinctive new design and an illuminated Cupra badge. We can also pick out illuminated Cupra lettering on the side of the light cluster, but the rest of the car remains under wraps.

Initially arriving in late 2020, the Formentor is a sporty coupe-SUV that sits on the same MQB evo platform as the SEAT Leon and Volkswagen Golf. A whopping 63.8 per cent of Cupra sales were accounted for by the Formentor in 2022, with Cupra as a brand steadily closing the sales gap to SEAT

While the lone darkened teaser picture largely keeps us guessing, a series of previous spy images give more away. First spotted almost a year ago, the car in question looks to sport a completely new grille and new LED headlights that mimic those on the forthcoming Cupra Tavascan SUV. The Formentor’s lower front bumper will also be revised with new air intakes.

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement - Article continues below

The side of the car is undisguised, showing no changes. We could potentially see the Formentor given some new alloy wheel choices, however, along with some new paint colours. The rear on this prototype has been given camouflage to hide what looks like a new rear diffuser and side air vents.

The overall layout of the interior shouldn’t change too much. A 12-inch central touchscreen should still be available on every Formentor model, fitted with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. We hope to see the touch-sensitive climate control slider become backlit to make it easier to use at night; the infotainment itself will most likely gain similar updates to those seen on the VW Golf last year. 

These latest spy shots were taken at the Nurburgring, where we’ve also spotted Cupra’s Leon Estate testing. Both the hatchback and more practical wagon will be revealed alongside the Formentor next week.

Prices for the current Formentor start from £32,580 for the 148bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder V1 and we expect a slight increase across the range with the coming facelift. The 306bhp 2.0-litre range-topping model may also get a bump in power to match the 316bhp Golf R Estate, which uses the same engine.

Now read more about the upcoming Cupra Tavascan...

Skip advert
Advertisement
Deputy editor

Richard has been part of the team for over a decade. During this time he has covered a huge amount of news and reviews for Auto Express, as well as being the face of Carbuyer and DrivingElectric on Youtube. In his current role as deputy editor, he is now responsible for keeping our content flowing and managing our team of talented writers.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Cupra Formentor vs Audi SQ2: sporty SUV shootout
Cupra Formentor and Audi SQ2 - front tracking
Car group tests

Cupra Formentor vs Audi SQ2: sporty SUV shootout

Two closely related hot SUVs battle it out. Which is the best all-rounder?
27 May 2024
New 2024 Cupra Formentor gets fresh look and power boosts to keep hot streak going
Cupra Formentor facelift 2024 - front
News

New 2024 Cupra Formentor gets fresh look and power boosts to keep hot streak going

Cupra’s sporty SUV now produces up to 328bhp, while plug-in hybrid boasts 62-mile EV range
30 Apr 2024
Cupra Formentor review
Cupra Formentor - front tracking
In-depth reviews

Cupra Formentor review

The Cupra Formentor is a sporty coupe-SUV that has enough talent to mix it with more established, premium rivals
15 Apr 2024
Cupra Formentor SUV to go electric in its next generation
Cupra Formentor - front cornering
News

Cupra Formentor SUV to go electric in its next generation

Cupra’s CEO Wayne Griffiths has confirmed that the Formentor’s future will be electric
21 Mar 2024

Most Popular

Giant Panda electrified! New Fiat Grande Panda arrives with EV and hybrid power
Fiat Panda - front
News

Giant Panda electrified! New Fiat Grande Panda arrives with EV and hybrid power

Hybrid and electric versions will be available – the same as its sister cars, the Citroen C3/e-C3 and Vauxhall Frontera
14 Jun 2024
Car Deal of the Day: spicy Volkswagen Polo GTI packs a lot of punch for £238 a month
Volkswagen Polo GTI cornering
News

Car Deal of the Day: spicy Volkswagen Polo GTI packs a lot of punch for £238 a month

VW’s smallest hot hatch is an impressively grown up car that’s wrapped up in a compact body, and it’s our Car Deal of the Day for 14 June
14 Jun 2024
New Nissan Leaf is an SUV! 2025 model gets advanced tech and concept car looks
Nissan Leaf exclusive image
News

New Nissan Leaf is an SUV! 2025 model gets advanced tech and concept car looks

The next-generation Nissan Leaf will transform into an SUV inspired by the Chill-Out concept and our exclusive image previews how it could look
16 Jun 2024