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Plug-in Power & Tech Bonanza: 2025 Cupra Formentor PHEV Debuts

Submitted by panorica on Sun, 05/05/2024 - 10:02

Cupra, the performance arm of Spanish giant SEAT, isn't messing around. Their 2025 Formentor crossover gets a mid-cycle refresh, injecting a dose of aggressive styling, a techier cabin, and a bump in power. Buckle up as we dissect this challenger in the crowded premium crossover segment.
Sharper Looks, More Assertive Stance
The first impression? The 2025 Cupra Formentor means business. Squinting headlights flank a more prominent grille, emphasizing the Cupra's width. New front and rear bumpers add muscle, while redesigned alloy wheels complete the transformation. It's a clear message: this Formentor isn't here to blend in.
Tech Upgrade: Infotainment Revolution
Slide into the driver's seat and you're greeted by a completely revamped infotainment system. A larger touchscreen takes center stage, boasting crisper graphics and a more intuitive user interface. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, ensuring seamless smartphone integration. The digital instrument cluster gets a refresh too, offering improved clarity and customizability.
Punchier Powertrains: A Range for Every Need
Cupra isn't just about looks. The 2025 Formentor packs a punch under the hood. The base turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine gets a power bump, offering a spirited 250 horsepower (HP). Gearheads rejoice – a fire-breathing 300 HP version joins the lineup, promising thrilling acceleration.
Plug-in Hybrid Option: Electrifying Efficiency
The 2025 Formentor embraces electrification with a refined plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain. The combination of a 1.4-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor delivers a potent 245 HP and an impressive 62 miles of electric-only range. This lets you conquer daily commutes in near-silence and enjoy the thrill of gasoline power on longer journeys.
Does it Drift? An Unexpected Surprise
Cupra throws in a curveball with an optional "Drift Mode". This electronically controlled system allows for controlled slides and rear-wheel drive shenanigans – a surprising feature for a crossover. But hey, who doesn't love a bit of fun on a deserted backroad?
Safety First: A Shield of Technology
The 2025 Formentor prioritizes safety. A suite of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) keeps you protected. This includes features like automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring. Adaptive cruise control eases highway commutes, while a surround-view camera system enhances maneuverability in tight spaces.
Trim Levels and Options: Tailoring the Formentor to You
Cupra offers a variety of trim levels to personalize your Formentor experience. The base model provides all the essentials, while higher trims add features like a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated seats, and a premium sound system. A sportier VZ trim caters to driving enthusiasts with upgraded suspension and sportier interior accents.
Fuel Economy: Finding the Balance
The 2025 Formentor offers a balance between performance and fuel efficiency. The base gasoline model achieves an estimated combined fuel economy of 28 miles per gallon (MPG). The PHEV model shines here, boasting exceptional fuel economy in electric mode and decent gasoline mileage when the battery depletes.
Pricing and Availability: When and How Much?
Official pricing for the 2025 Formentor hasn't been announced yet. However, considering the upgrades and the current model's price range of $34,190 to $48,930 (USD), expect the new Formentor to start somewhere in that ballpark, potentially with a slight increase for the added features. The Formentor is expected to hit dealerships later in 2024.
The Verdict: A Feisty Contender in the Crossover Arena
The 2025 Cupra Formentor is a compelling option for drivers seeking a stylish, powerful, and feature-rich crossover. With its aggressive looks, upgraded tech, and multiple powertrain options, the Formentor offers a unique blend of practicality and excitement. While we await official pricing, the Formentor is shaping up to be a serious contender in the ever-competitive premium crossover segment.
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