Seat’s performance brand took the near-production-ready Formentor concept to Mallorca for its first photoshoot on actual roads. The location was not chosen randomly, as Cupra’s latest creation is named after the Cape Formentor on the northern tip of the island.
Once it goes on sale next year, the Formentor will become Cupra’s first standalone model. Based on the same architecture as the Seat Ateca, it is wider and sits lower than its Seat cousin, posing as a high-performance crossover coupe.
Power comes from a new plug-in hybrid powertrain with a combined 242hp (245PS) and an all-electric range of up to 30 miles (50 km).
While Cupra remains mum on the technical details, the new powertrain is expected to pair a 1.5-liter TSI to electric power paired and a dual-clutch automatic transmission, a combo we’re going to see in most electrified compact VW Group models in the near future.
Design-wise, the Formentor looks dynamic enough without going OTT. The front end appears similar to that of the next-gen Leon, albeit with its own unique touches like the front grille and bumper. The strong character lines on the sides, striking LED taillights that are connected with a full-width strip and the aggressive rear diffuser give the Formentor the sporty looks to match its maker’s claims.
The dark matte blue paint finish of the concept combined with the bronze and matte aluminum detailing also helps the case of the Formentor, from a visual aspect. The interior can’t hide its relationship with less sporty VW Group cars, but it does come with a digital instrument cluster and a big 10-inch infotainment system.
The final production version of the Cupra Formentor is expected to be offered not only with the aforementioned PHEV powertrain but with petrol options too, which might adopt the VW Group’s latest 48-volt mild-hybrid tech.