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First bespoke model from SEAt sub brand uses plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

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SEAT has released pictures of the new Cupra Formentor on the roads – in Formentor, Mallorca.

The car, effectively a coupe version of the SEAT Ateca SUV, was first seen at the Geneva motor show in March. It is expected on sale in 2020 as the first bespoke Cupra model since the performance badge was separated from SEAT as a standalone brand.

However most observers expect the Formentor to also be offered as a SEAT in due course, with less potent powertrains.

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In Cupra form the Formentor boasts a plug-in hybrid powertrain, offering 245hp delivered through a dual-clutch DSG transmission. Few further technical details are currently being released, though the car is stated to be able to travel up to 31 miles (measured in the new WLTP format) in full electric mode.

Also highlighted are the design touches intended to make the Formentor a more sporty proposition than a typical SUV. While based mainly on the Ateca, they also include details lifted from SEAT’s new Tarraco large SUV.

The Formrntor is lower to the ground, with smooth instead of muscular looking body panelling.

An ‘infinite light concept’ – a full-width lighting bar – is designed to magnify the distinctive look of the car’s rear. This includes pronounced wheelarch shoulders, a large wing and a diffuser. The version in the pictures is also finished in a matt blue exterior colour.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.