Seat Cupra Formentor PHEV Claims Speed and Economy

Spanish automaker Seat has released powertrain details of its new Cupra Formentor e-Hybrid plug-in hybrid SUV coupe.

The Formentor claims to be able to accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 7.0 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 130mph. Meanwhile it also claims a combined fuel consumption of up to 188.3mpg (156.79mpg US) and CO2 emissions at 33g/km on the WLTP rating.

Performance comes from a 1.4-liter gasoline engine producing 146bhp and 184ft-lbs of torque coupled with a hybrid system using a 113bhp electric motor and a 13kWh lithium-ion battery pack claiming a total system torque output of 295ft-lbs. Seat claims the Formentor has an electric-only range of 32 miles for the VZ2 trim variant and 34 miles for the VZ1. The battery pack can be charged from 0-100% in just 3 hours 33 minutes, using a 3.6kW AC charger.

In the cabin, there’s a 12-inch navigation system display with Full Link phone integration and wireless phone charging, a configurable digital cockpit, four USB-C sockets and three-zone climate control. Technology includes keyless entry and start, predictive adaptive cruise control with speed limiter, park assist sensors and rear view camera, dynamic chassis control with driving profile selection, sports suspension and an electronic locking differential.

The Safety and Driving Pack for the VZ1 model includes dynamic road sign display, high beam assist, blind spot monitor and exist assist, while the upgraded VZ2 package adds lane change assist and emergency assist which offers semi-autonomous control in an emergency situation. European prices start at £38,625 ($53,087) including taxes for VZ1 trim and £40,260 ($55,334) for VZ2 trim.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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