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2022 Cupra Formentor detailed for Australia

Sleek Spanish Cupra Formentor crossover range detailed ahead of July launch, led by 228kW turbo, and PHEV options.

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Cupra Australia has detailed the spec-walk for its sharp-looking Formentor – its top-selling model globally – but no pricing as yet.

The 4450mm-long crossover will arrive in Australia in July alongside the Leon hatch and Ateca SUV, both of which were also detailed inside the past few weeks.

Unlike that pair, the Formentor was developed exclusively for the brand. It also accounts for a claimed two-thirds of its sales.

The launch variants for Cupra’s halo launch model are called Formentor V 4Drive, Formentor VZ, Formentor VZe, and Formentor VZx 4Drive.

Australian models will include a 180kW hotted-up option and a plug-in hybrid – immediately setting it apart from Volkswagen and Skoda.

“As with the Leon and Ateca, the highest feasible level of standard specification has been our objective,” said head of product and planning Jeff Shafer.

Cupra is the fifth Volkswagen Group Australia sales company member here. The Seat brand from which it was spun off in 2018 is not one of them.

This market has been billed as a key part of an intended expansion beyond Europe and into the Asia-Pacific. Its positioning is to be sportier than Skoda and more affordable than Audi.

MORE: Q&A with Ben Wilks, Cupra Australia brand director

Note: Pictures are of the Formentor range-topping grade

Cupra Formentor V – the entry point

Power in the Leon V will come from a 2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder engine with 140kW and 320Nm, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

It also comes with all-wheel drive, despite being the entry model listed.

Standard features will include:

  • 18-inch black and silver alloy wheels, temporary spare
  • Metallic paint: Nevada White, Magnetic Tech, Magic Black, Asphalt Blue
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Heated, power-folding mirrors
  • LED headlights and daytime running lights
  • LED tail lights
  • Fog lights with cornering function
  • Auto high beam
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rear spoiler
  • Welcome light with logo protection
  • Glossy black roof rails
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Dynamic chassis control, dampers

Inside

  • 10.25-inch instruments
  • 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Satellite navigation
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Wired and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 4 x USB-C ports
  • Reversing camera
  • Cloth bucket seats
  • Three-zone climate control
  • Auto-dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic headlights
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Leather, heated steering wheel with paddles
  • Keyless proximity entry and start

Safety

  • AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Park assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Safe exit assist doors
  • Driver fatigue monitor
  • Emergency dial assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Traffic jam assist highway mode
  • Pre-impact warning

Options

  • Leather and Power package: leather bucket seats, heated driver’s seat, power adjustment and memory, mirror memory function, hands-free power tailgate
  • Panoramic glass sunroof
  • Premium colours: Desire Red, Dark Camouflage, Graphene Grey

Cupra Formentor VZ – the higher-riding Golf GTI

Standard specification as above except for:

  • A Golf GTI-matching 2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder engine with 180kW and 370Nm, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and front-wheel drive.
  • 19-inch black and silver alloy wheels, temporary spare

Options

  • Leather and Power Package
  • Panoramic glass sunroof

Cupra Formentor VZe – the PHEV

Standard specification as above except for:

  • A 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine with 110kW/250Nm
  • 85kW/300Nm electric motor
  • Combined system outputs of 180kW/400Nm
  • 13kWh battery
  • Claimed EV range on WLTP test cycle up to 55km
  • Tyre repair kit
  • Mode 3 cable

Options

  • Leather and Power Package
  • Panoramic glass sunroof

Cupra Formentor VZx 4Drive – the go-fast one

Standard specification same as VZ, plus:

  • 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine 228kW/400Nm
  • All-wheel drive
  • 4.9-second 0-100km/h
  • 19-inch black and copper alloy wheels
  • Hands-free power tailgate
  • Quad exhaust tips
  • Petrol Blue heated front bucket seats with driver adjustment and memory
  • Memory function for external mirrors
  • Beats audio with nine speakers, subwoofer and 340W amp
  • ‘Supersports’ leather steering wheel with satellite buttons

Options

  • Brembo brake package with tyre repair kit
  • Panoramic glass sunroof
  • Additional premium colours: Petrol Blue Matte, Magnetic Tech Matte

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