New 2021 Cupra Formentor gains new plug-in hybrid and petrol powertrains

Cupra has expanded the Formentor’s line-up again with 201bhp plug-in hybrid powertrain and two new 2.0-litre petrol engines

Cupra has launched further derivatives of the new Formentor SUV, which is now available with a cheaper plug-in hybrid powertrain and two new 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engines, with either 187bhp or 242bhp.

The new, cheaper version of the Formentor PHEV is priced from £35,770 and features the same 1.4-litre four-cylinder powertrain as the Volkswagen Golf e-Hybrid. The system mixes the petrol engine with a 114bhp electric motor and 12.8kWh battery pack, for a combined output of 201bhp and 330Nm of torque.

Cupra says the powertrain can sprint from 0–62mph in 7.8 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 127mph. The plug-in model will return a claimed 235.4mpg on the WLTP combined cycle, with emissions sitting as low as 27g/km of CO2.

With the battery pack brimmed, the new Formentor e-Hybrid can also cover 37 miles on electric power alone. A full recharge takes 3.5 hours when connected to a 3.6kW AC wallbox.

The Formentor’s new 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol range opens with a 187bhp variant, which is priced from £32,000. Above that, there’s a 242bhp model, with a starting price of £34,155.

Both models use the same automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive system, although their specifications differ. The cheaper model is only available in Cupra’s entry-level V1 and V2 trims, while the 242bhp variant comes exclusively in VZ1 spec.

New 2021 Cupra Formentor: engines and drivetrains

The cheapest model in the Formentor line-up is priced from £27,400 and is powered by the Volkswagen Group’s familiar turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.

It develops 148bhp and 250Nm of torque, and it sends drive to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. However, Cupra does offer a seven-speed DSG as a £1,430 optional extra.

In the middle of the SUV’s line-up, there’s the Formentor eHybrid 245 VZ2 plug-in hybrid. It’s priced from £40,260 and features the same 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, electric motor and 13kWh battery pack as the latest Volkswagen Golf GTE.

The powertrain has a combined output of 242bhp and 400Nm of torque, which Cupra says is enough for a 0–62mph time of seven seconds and a top speed of 130mph. It also delivers a claimed economy figure of up to 188.3mpg and, depending on the specification, between 32 and 34 miles of pure-electric range.

The flagship Formentor is priced from £39,870 and features a more potent 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, with 306bhp and 400Nm of torque. The unit sends drive to all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic gearbox, which Cupra says will deliver a 0–62mph time of 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.

New 2021 Cupra Formentor: specifications and trim

The Formentor range is structured according to the buyer’s chosen engine.

The 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol and 201bhp plug-in hybrid powertrains are only available with Cupra’s entry-level V1 and V2 specification.

Standard equipment for the V1 variant includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, rear privacy glass, rain-sensing windscreen wipers and rear parking sensors. Inside, buyers get sports seats, a multifunction steering wheel, a wireless charging pad and three-zone climate control, along with a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster and 12-inch infotainment system.

V2 cars are priced from £29,230 (with the 148bhp TSI engine) and come as standard with 19-inch alloy wheels, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, a rear-view camera, park assist and leather upholstery for the car’s dashboard and door cards.

The 187bhp 2.0-litre Formentor comes with its own VZ1 trim-level, which features a more aggressive rear diffuser, sports suspension, adaptive dampers and speed-sensitive power steering. Buyers also get a power-operated tailgate while inside, there’s some bucket seats.

The fastest models in the Formentor’s line-up feature Cupra’s VZ2 and VZ3 specifications. Prices for the VZ2 specification start from £40,260 (with the 242bhp PHEV powertrain), with the only major differences being a few more creature comforts, such as electric seat adjustment, predictive adaptive cruise control and an electronic locking differential.

Cupra’s VZ3 trim-level is reserved for the 306bhp flagship Formentor. It’s priced from £42,240 and features Brembo brakes and an exclusive set of 19-inch alloy wheels with copper highlights.

New 2021 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 flamboyant creases around the wheel arches give a more dramatic look. At the rear, there’s a full width light bar, which is a feature also seen on the Cupra Leon.

The Leon offered 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.

Click here to read our review of the 306bhp Cupra Formentor…

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