There’s another new SUV on the block, this time from Seat’s stand-alone brand, CUPRA. The Formentor is its first bespoke model, and the company has now announced the final specifications and prices for the UK.
Sitting on the familiar MQB platform that’s shared with various Volkswagen Group models, the CUPRA Formentor will be offered in six trim levels, starting with the V1. That gets a generous level of standard kit, including 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, LED headlights, a customisable 10-inch digital instrument display and a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Stepping up to V2 brings the likes of larger wheels and electrically-adjustable leather bucket seats, while the VZ1 adds sports suspension and additional driver assistance systems. There’s more leather inside and a heated multi-function steering wheel for the VZ2 with Brembo brakes featuring on the VZ3. The top-spec VZ Edition adds a panoramic sunroof to the equipment roster. Prices start at £27,300 and top out at £43,840 for a four-wheel drive VZ Edition.
The Formentor also gets Adaptive Chassis Control, while a selector button mounted on the steering wheel allows the driver to scroll through the various driving modes – Comfort, Sport, Cupra, Individual and Off-road. Meanwhile, the range of colours includes two matte options – Petrol Blue Matte and Magnetic Tech Matte – and there are the copper-coloured trim accents familiar from other CUPRA models.
The mildest engine on offer, which arrives early in 2021, will be a 1.5 TSI unit with 148bhp, and with a choice of manual or optional 7-speed DSG gearboxes, while a 2.0 TSI manages 187bhp. Topping the range is a 2.0 TSI unit with 306bhp and 400Nm of torque, which is the same engine found in hotter Golf and Seat models, and which is offered only with the DSG transmission and the Haldex-based 4Drive four-wheel drive system.
From early next year buyers will also be able to have their CUPRA Formentor as a PHEV. Combining a 148bhp 1.4 TSI engine with a 113bhp electric motor, a 13kWh lithium-ion battery should allow an electric-only range of 31 miles.
The order book is open now, and the first customer deliveries are expected before the end of the year.
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