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Cupra reveals Oz specs for Formentor

Launch line-up of Cupra’s top-selling model will comprise four derivatives

15 Feb 2022

CUPRA Australia has released local details of its Formentor, which will go on sale in July. The range will include a 140kW, 180kW and 228kW 2.0-litre turbo-petrol derivatives, plus a 1.4-litre petrol-electric plug-in hybrid with a combined output of 180kW. Two of them will also have an all-wheel-drive configuration.


The Formentor might be based on the same platform as its Leon sibling, but it features distinctive coupe-inspired styling. The newcomer will head the brand’s launch line-up and be available in V 4Drive, VZ, VZe and VZx 4Drive guises. 


Cupra Australia's Head of Product and Planning, Jeff Shafer, said “visually, it is the 'most Cupra' of the conventional Cupras. This has (undoubtedly) contributed to the Formentor comprising almost two-thirds of (the brand’s) total sales.


"As with the Leon and Ateca, the highest feasible level of standard specification has been our objective," he added.


The Formentor V 4Drive is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine that develops 140kW/320Nm, is mated with a seven-speed wet-clutch automatic direct-shift gearbox (DSG) and drives all wheels courtesy of the 4Drive system. 


It can be distinguished by its 18-inch Sport Black and Silver Alloy wheels (with 18-inch temporary spare), heated and power-folding side mirrors covered in dark-aluminium caps, full LED headlights (with DRLs) and tail-lights, fog lights (with cornering function), rear-tinted windows, glossy black roof rails and rear spoiler.


The V 4Drive’s interior features, inter alia, cloth-trimmed sports seats and a leather-rimmed (and heated) multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters, while dynamic chassis control avails the owner with a selection of drive modes.


Conveniences include a welcome light (with logo projection), keyless entry and start, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, three-zone climate control, Light Assist (Auto High Beam), light and rain sensor, wireless phone charging, parking sensors (fore and aft), as well as two front and two rear USB-C ports.


Apart from a 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit instrument cluster, the V 4Drive’s 12.0-inch touchscreen infotainment array incorporates a satellite navigation system, wired and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus a reverse-view camera.


The list of safety equipment is extensive. It includes, but is not limited to, adaptive cruise control (with traffic-jam assist), Front- (with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection), Lane-, Park-, Side-, Exit and Emergency Assist, a driver fatigue monitor, a tyre-pressure warning system and Pre-crash warning.


The newcomer is available with a choice of Nevada White, Magnetic Tech, Magic Black and Asphalt Blue metallic exterior finishes.


Optional extras include Desire Red, Dark Camouflage and Graphene Grey exterior finishes, panoramic glass sunroof, and the Leather and Power package, which incorporates leather bucket seats, heated front seats, electric adjustment for the drivers’ seat (with memory function, also for the side mirrors).


The VZ has the same specification as the V 4Drive, but is powered by a punchier (180kW/370Nm) 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine mated with a seven-speed wet-clutch DSG. It comes fitted with 19-inch black and silver alloy wheels.


The VZE plug-in hybrid combines a 110kW/250Nm 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine (paired with a six-speed wet-clutch DSG) with an 85kW/300Nm electric motor and comes replete with a Mode 3 charging cable and a tyre-repair kit.


Lastly, VZx is the most potent of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol trio (228kW/400Nm) and is distinguished by 19-inch Performance Sport black and copper alloy wheels, quad exhaust outlets and a hands-free power tailgate.


Inside, the VZx is fitted a Supersports leather-rimmed steering wheel with shift paddles and heating, Petrol Blue leather-trimmed bucket seats, heated front seats with electric adjustment and memory for the driver, memory function for side mirrors and nine-speaker Beats audio with a subwoofer and 340W amp.


Options include a Brembo brake package (with tyre repair kit), a panoramic glass sunroof and Petrol Blue Matte, Magnetic Tech Matte exterior finishes.


Cupra Australia says pricing for the Formentor will be “confirmed shortly”. All the Spanish marque’s models will come with a five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty.

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