Cupra Formentor concept unveiled: plug-in hybrid SUV to debut in Geneva

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Cupra has revealed the Formentor, a coupe-crossover SUV concept that’ll debut at the Geneva motor show next month.

The Formentor is the first ever Cupra model with a unique body – all Leons and Atecas before it have been based off standard SEAT models.

Visually, it adopts a bold, edgy look adorned with creases and curves. Apart from a few elements inspired by other Seat models (such as Tarraco-style taillights and Cupra Ateca esque gold accents), the design is all new.

Cupra hasn’t stated what powers the Formentor concept, although they have confirmed it utilises a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that produces 180kW and drives the wheels through a dual-clutch automatic transmission, which allows for a WLTP-certified electric-only range of 50km.

Based on this information, it’s likely that it’s the same powertrain used in last year’s Skoda Vision RS concept, which paired a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor for a 7.1 second 0-100km/h sprint time and a 210km/h top speed.

Inside, there’s a production-ready interior, with a large central touchscreen, digital instrument cluster, gold Cupra badging and sporty bucket seats.

The Cupra Formentor will make its public debut at the Geneva motor show in a fortnight, ahead of a production version going on sale in 2020.

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