Cupra Formentor 2020: specs, price and on-sale date

SEAT sister brand’s high-performance PHEV SUV is on the way; SEAT-badged versions likely to follow

This is the Formentor, a new halo car for SEAT’s performance-orientated sub-brand, Cupra. Adhering to the current coupe-SUV trend and based on the SEAT/Cupra Ateca, the Formentor is set to pair aggressive, sporty styling with a punchy plug-in hybrid petrol-electric drivetrain.

First unveiled as a near-production concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the Formentor is currently undergoing testing and expected to go on sale later in 2020. Recent spy images (see gallery above) suggest that the car’s styling will remain much the same as was initially previewed at Geneva.

The Formentor concept was shown with a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine mated to an unspecified battery and electric-motor combination making up its plug-in hybrid element, with a quoted output of 242bhp. That's the same figure Skoda is claiming for the upcoming Octavia vRS iV plug-in hybrid, suggesting the cars will use the same drivetrain.

Cupra has claimed an all-electric range of around 31 miles for the Formentor, while four-wheel drive is likely. Power is put to the road through a dual-clutch DSG automatic. It’s likely that this model will be joined by a petrol-only, 296bhp 2.0-litre model using the same powertrain as the Cupra Ateca SUV.

Speaking to our sister title Auto Express, SEAT vice president for sales and marketing (and Cupra CEO) Wayne Griffiths confirmed that less powerful versions of the Formentor will make it to production.

“The segment that the Formentor is in, the C-SUV segment, is going to be so important that we will not be able to limit it to just a Cupra model," he said. "Demand for cars in the C-SUV segment will continue to increase.”

“Not only is it high-power, it’s high-end in terms of design, spec [and] interior,” Griffiths continued. “It’s right at the top of everything we will do, so I think there is room below that for our customers.”

In addition to the Formentor, Cupra has unveiled a fully electric concept car called the Tavascan, while Cupra's parent brand SEAT recently announced a plug-in hybrid version of the latest Leon family hatchback.