CUPRA Formentor Concept Previews High-Performance Hybrid SUV (Live Pics)

Cupra has revealed the new Formentor SUV Coupe concept, which celebrated its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Despite being described as a concept, the new Cupra Formentor appears to be ready for production as the brand’s first standalone model. The new coupe crossover is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain that delivers 242hp (245PS) and an all-electric range of up to 30 miles (50km) in the latest WLTP cycle.

Featuring an aggressive exterior design, the new Cupra Formentor is characterized by its dynamic proportions and strong character lines that run across its body. The new front end fascia is also indicating at the next-gen Seat Leon while the rear end features taillights that are connected with an LED strip, or as Cupra calls it the “rear infinite light concept”.

While Cupra didn’t exactly detail the new plug-in hybrid powertrain, it did share that it will be paired with a dual-clutch transmission and a differential lock. The new Cupra Formentor says it’s been tuned to offer “the highest levels of dynamics”, featuring an adaptive suspension as well as a progressive steering system. The driver will get to choose between different driving modes, depending on the conditions.

The cabin is built with high-quality materials and features leather carbon-backed bucket seats, a Cupra steering wheel, dark chrome and high-gloss black accents. A digital instrument cluster and a pretty big 10-inch infotainment touchscreen display dominate the dashboard while the gear selector for the DSG transmission is also new.

The new Cupra Formentor concept will spawn a production version that’s expected to go on sale in 2020.

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  • Christian

    sober yet?

  • thefougio

    I think is the new Leon on heels.

  • Matt

    It’s like of like if SEAT and Infiniti had a baby…

  • eb110americana

    While this is a relatively attractive concept, angling the rear glass forward slightly does not make it a coupe. It’s the same issue as the Audi Q8. Why not just call it a mid-engine hypercar then? At some point we have to stop letting the marketing department feed us nonsense, and say, “No. That is not a coupe. It’s a tall, 4 door, crossover.”

  • MarketAndChurch

    Is Cupra a competitor to DS? I like this.

  • designer_dick

    It’s a pretty sharply sculpted, handsome looking thing, but that interior is a bit of a miss for me. There’s nothing about it that reads as anything other than a SEAT. Despite protestations that the Formentor is a Cupra first and foremost, the dashboard looks almost identical in basic layout to the Tarraco. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b5585f78c54660c764505efe3a2495499c7621cd39062e0706c5b147c6c61dda.jpg

  • sidewaysspin

    This does look good, the interior not so much, looks outdated compared for example to Peugeot.

  • LOOKS LIKE A MAZDA WITH SOME EXTRA SHINY BITS ATTACHED.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    This should be a sport brand.
    They have 2 models, 2 SUV, both transverse engine, native FWD platform.
    Good job at creating a sport brand.

    • Giannis Antypas

      Lambroghini has an Urus SUV, Ferrari considers building one SUV competitor, Porsche already has got many genearions of SUVs.
      Many ‘sporty’ brands develop more and more SUV concepts and production vehicles.
      SUVs are mainstream nowadays even for ‘sporty’ brands.

      Your point is what exactly?

      • Matteo Tommasi

        They have ONLY suv models, nothing else.
        You can’t be a sport brand without a sport car

        • Giannis Antypas

          They have Leon which is not.

          • Matteo Tommasi

            The Leon is still sold as a Seat Leon cupra, not a Cupra Leon.
            And it ain’t no sport car

  • erly5

    SEAT should have been VW’s sporty arm. But VW’s lack of direction and vision for the SEAT name have turned it into yet another mainstream brand. To create a new sporty sub-brand with 2 SUVs, even in todays SUV obsessed world, seems a tad bizarre.

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