Cupra Formentor — TIMING CHAIN OR BELT?


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The Cupra Formentor is a premium compact crossover SUV (C-segment in Europe) from the Spanish brand Cupra and manufactured by the Volkswagen Group. It was presented at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show as a concept car. It was to be officially presented at the same show a year later, but the 2020 Geneva Motor Show was cancelled.

The basis of the Formentor is the same as that of the Seat Leon / Cupra Leon, the MQB Evo platform of the VAG Group. It has several engines: gasoline TSI and gasoline plug-in hybrid (TSI Plug-in Hybrid). The most powerful version of this crossover is called Cupra Formentor VZ (derived from the Spanish word veloz, which means “fast” or “speedy”). The Formentor is a modern car, with a great design and is the first Cupra vehicle that does not have a Seat equivalent. It is assembled entirely in Spain at the Martorell factory.

The Cupra Formentor competes with other premium vehicles, which is the brand goal to since its inception as an independent marque. The vehicle that comes closest is the Alfa Romeo Tonale. If we leave design and performance aside, the most similar cars are other equivalent SUVs with hybrid or PHEV versions, such as the Ford Kuga Hybrid / MHEV / PHEV, the Peugeot 3008 PHEV and the Lexus UX 250h. The most similar vehicle within its group is the Audi RS Q3.

Cupra Formentor. Timing Belt or Timing Chain?

Down below you will see a list with all the Cupra Formentor models which have been produced so far. They are classified by model identifier, year and type of bodywork. Above each list, we show you a series of pictures so that you can have a visual reference for each model. In some cases, both the original and its updated design are displayed to help you identify them with ease.

In this guide you will find all the Cupra Formentor models:

  • Cupra Formentor V1
  • Cupra Formentor V2
  • Cupra Formentor VZ
  • Cupra Formentor VZ1
  • Cupra Formentor VZ2
  • Cupra Formentor VZ3
  • Cupra Formentor VZ25

■ Timing Belt / Cam Belt (Correa / Faja de Distribución)
■ Timing Chain (Cadena de Distribución / Cadena de Tiempo)
■ Gear Driven (Distribución por Engranajes)
100% Electric, No Timing (Sin Distribución)
Unknown / Not Updated (Información desconocida)

If a car model is specified in blue, it means its motor engine has a timing chain; that is, it has no timing belt. The rest of the vehicles marked in grey have a timing belt/cam belt.

Cupra Formentor I – First Generation (2020)


Unlike the Seat Leon, which has multiple engines (TDI, TSI, TGI and TSI-e), the Cupra Leon has only the most powerful engines in its category, giving only two options: a 1.4 version with a gasoline turbo hybrid plug-in hybrid engine and a 2-liter turbocharged all-gasoline version.

Diesel Engines

  • DTT 2.0 TDI EVO 150 CV (2021)
  • DTT 2.0 TDI EVO 4Drive DSG 150 CV (2021)

Petrol Engines

  • DPCA 1.5 TSI 150 CV (2020)
  • DGEA 1.4 TSI e-Hybrid DSG PHEV 204 CV (2020)
  • DGEA VZ 1.4 e-HYBRID DSG PHEV 245 CV (2020)
  • DNNA 2.0 TSI 4Drive DSG 190 CV (2021)
  • DNP 2.0 TSI DSG 245 CV (2021)
  • DNFB VZ 2.0 TSI DSG 4Drive 310 CV (2020)
  •  VZ25 2.5 TSI 4Drive DSG 390 CV (2021)

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