2021 Cupra Formentor

The 2021 Cupra Formentor: Up To 306 Horse Power, Plug-In Hybrid Available.

The first model designed specifically for the Seat’s spinoff Cupra brand is here. We will have to embrace the sporty crossover’s shape and there’s no denying it is an edgy machine.

The Formentor is actually named for the rocky cape on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Cupra says those rocks also served as inspiration for the Cupra’s shape, which is certainly chiseled with sharp body lines near the beltline and over the rear fenders. The sloping roof and hatch have a Porsche flavor about them, though the sharp-edged taillights connected by a center LED strip are rather distinctive. More edges are found up front with the headlights and blades set low and wide on the bottom of the fascia.

The edgy theme continues inside, with trapezoid climate vents and a 12-inch center touchscreen dominate the dash. The driver monitors vehicle parameters with a digital cluster behind the wheel, while occupants in the first and second row are nestled into a snug greenhouse trimmed in either dark blue or black material with aluminum and copper accents. With a wheelbase of 105.1 inches the Formentor is decidedly a compact two-row people mover, with 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat.

The Formentor offers basic connectivity as one would expect, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto through the touchscreen. It carries a few driver-assist systems, namely adaptive cruise control that can monitor road signs and adjust speeds accordingly, and blind-spot monitoring. It has an offshoot of blind-spot monitoring called Exit Assist, which can alert driver and passengers of nearby vehicles or pedestrians before opening the doors.

It is performance pedigree, we suspect most people will be interested in Formentor’s underpinnings. Two powertrain options are available, starting with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline mill developing 306 horsepower. A plug-in hybrid model uses a 1.4-liter turbocharged gas engine with 148 horsepower connected to a single 114 horsepower electric motor. Combined, the plug-in hybrid offers 241 horsepower and can travel 31 miles on electric-only power. Regardless of the mill, the Formentor distributes power to an all-wheel-drive system through a seven-speed DCT.

Cupra says the Formentor will reach dealerships in the last quarter of 2020. Pricing information is not available yet, nor is specific availability for different regions of the world.

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