The Cupra Leon was revealed only last week, but it’s not the only new model Cupra was due to exhibit at the now-cancelled 2020 Geneva motor show. The Cupra Formentor, a small SUV that was revealed as a thinly-veiled concept last year, has finally been revealed in production form to be launched alongside the Cupra Leon hatchback and estate.
Like the Leon, the Formentor offers a variety of powertrains, here made up of just two: a plug-in hybrid powered by the familiar 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 242bhp, and a 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder variant with 306bhp. Both of these powertrains are identical to those found in the smaller Leon
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As with the Leon, this more powerful 306bhp Formentor sends its power through all four wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and a familiar Haldex-style all-wheel drive system. The underlying chassis layout – Macpherson struts on the front, and a multilink rear – is also shared, so too the adaptive dampers which constantly monitor the road conditions and adapt accordingly. The more powerful variant also adopts the high-output Cupra Leon’s enlarged Brembo brakes, and sits on standard 19-inch wheels.
Speaking of size, the Formentor is lower, longer yet 2mm narrower than the more upright Ateca, and rides on a longer wheelbase to unlock more interior space. Instead, its dimensions are driven more directly by the new Leon, a model of which shares an identical interior dash layout and user interface. This of course is no bad thing, as the new Leon’s minimalist interior is a big improvement on that of the Ateca’s older layout
It’s the exterior design that Cupra is banking on to make it different from its multitude of rivals – both in-house and out – one driven by the aggressively raked rear screen and long bonnet. The quasi-SUV body styling, bespoke colours and copper detailing only accentuates the Formentor’s premium look.
The Formentor will reach Cupra showrooms by the end of 2020, expanding the model range, and finally offering a bespoke model to help give it some much-needed distance from SEAT. Whether another SUV model is the right one for it will remain to be seen.