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09/05/2024

Facelifted 2024 Cupra Formentor and Leon revealed: first pictures and details

Richard Aucock

Written By Richard Aucock

Facelifted new 2024 Cupra Formentor revealed

The new Cupra Formentor crossover small SUV and new Cupra Leon hot hatch are facelifted versions of the sporty Spanish firm’s most popular cars.

With stronger design features, premium sound systems and upgraded infotainment, the new Cupra Formentor and Cupra Leon aim to maintain customer interest in the racy sister brand to SEAT.

A full range of new Cupra Formentor engines will be available, including a plug-in hybrid. Meanwhile the new Cupra Leon will be available both as a hatchback and a Sportstourer estate.

Full UK details of the new Cupra Formentor and new Cupra Leon line-ups will follow ahead of the new cars being launched in the UK later in 2024.

Facelifted new 2024 Cupra Formentor revealed
The new Cupra Formentor is more distinctive from the rear, with a snazzy illuminated logo that forms part of the full-width LED light bar.

What is new with the 2024 Cupra Formentor?

The new Cupra Formentor gets a comprehensive makeover both front and rear to help it compete with a key arch-rival, the new BMW X2, along with cars such as the Audi Q3 Sportback and Alfa Romeo Tonale.

The all-new front end of the new Cupra Formentor sees the previous high-mounted grille replaced by a smoother, sleeker front bumper. The Cupra logo is now mounted higher up, and the wind-cheating new design is complemented by distinctive new triangular-shaped LED running lights.

The triangular lighting design is part of the new brand look, says Cupra.

Fresh colours are available on the new Cupra Formentor too, including Century Bronze and Enceladus Grey.

At the rear, the new Cupra Formentor continues the triangular LED lighting theme. There is also a full-width LED light bar, complete with new illuminated Cupra logo in the centre.

Inside the new Cupra Formentor, the key upgrade is an all-new infotainment system, with a touchscreen that now measures 12.9 inches. It runs the latest software and now features an illuminated slider control at the bottom.

The new Cupra Formentor also gets a premium 12-speaker Sennheiser sound system, while other improvements include more upmarket materials and new bucket seats wrapped in 73% recycled microfibre or leather.

The new Cupra Formentor is available with four different engines. The choice comprises TSI petrol, eTSI mild hybrid petrol, TDI diesel and eHybrid plug-in hybrid.

The new Cupra Formentor eHybrid has been enhanced with an extended 62-mile pure electric range, and the ability to use 50kW DC rapid chargers. It also now has a 200PS power output.

Meanwhile, a new TSI petrol engine produces up to 333PS, and has clever torque splitter technology along with Akebono brakes.

Full technical and performance details of the new Cupra Formentor will be confirmed nearer to its UK release later this year.

Facelifted new 2024 Cupra Leon revealed
The Cupra Leon has been updated too, gaining the same distinctive LED running lights and cleaner, meaner appearance.
Facelifted new 2024 Cupra Formentor and Leon interior
Both new Cupra models have an upgraded interior with much-improved infotainment systems.

What is new with the 2024 Cupra Leon?

The new Cupra Leon has also been upgraded, and also features the snazzy Cupra logo positioned higher up on the front end.

The distinctively sculptural bumper has big air intakes in its lower half, and the new Cupra Leon also uses the triangular LED running light theme of the new Cupra Formentor.

As before, the new Cupra Leon is available with bronze accents for the wheels, and there is a range of ultra-modern colours, both regular metallic and matt finish.

The new Cupra Leon also gets the upgraded infotainment system inside. The new software is much easier to use, and it includes greater use of favourite buttons on the top and bottom of the screen. The icons are more intuitive too.

The new Cupra Leon will offer a similar range of engines to the new Cupra Formentor, with the 1.5 TSI and 1.5 eTSI likely to prove popular. A plug-in hybrid version will be available too, featuring a longer range and new DC rapid charging functionality.

The exciting 333PS TSI engine will solely be available on the new Cupra Leon Sportstourer estate.

As with the new Cupra Formentor, the new Cupra Leon also gets an enhanced digital display behind the steering wheel, again making it feel more modern than the outgoing car.

Cupra is a fast-growing brand and sales so far this year are up 21.4% on a year ago. In March, Cupra set a new monthly sales record with 23,800 deliveries.

The new Cupra Formentor is a crossover SUV, one with family-friendly space and racy dynamics. It is currently the firm’s most popular new car.

The LED triangles in the front and rear lights of the new Cupra Formentor and Cupra Leon are a new design characteristic that will be coming to all new Cupra models in the future.

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