The all-new Vauxhall Mokka (no ‘X’ this time round) is going through its final development phases ahead of an official reveal later this year.
Vauxhall has released a new set of images of the upcoming Mokka SUV, which still show the car in camouflage but reveal a tad more detail than the pictures previously released. Production of the new car is set to commence towards the end of this year, with first customer deliveries planned for early 2021.
The all-new car will revert to being called the ‘Mokka’ – dropping the ‘X’ suffix used on the previous generation. It will be positioned between the Vauxhall Crossland X and Vauxhall Grandland X in the car-maker’s three-model SUV line-up.
When it arrives, it will rival the Nissan Juke, SEAT Arona and new Ford Puma. An electric version called the Vauxhall Mokka-e will also be available in the range for the first time.
The latest version of Vauxhall’s mid-size SUV represents a complete overhaul. That’s thanks to a new PSA Group platform and a thorough exterior redesign in keeping with the marque’s latest styling approach, as evidenced on the new Vauxhall Corsa.
The new Mokka will get short front and rear overhangs, helping to maximise interior and boot space. The interior will get a fully digital upgrade as well, which will include the firm’s latest infotainment system and a digital instrument cluster in top-spec models.
The Mokka will play a crucial role in Vauxhall’s electrification strategy as Vauxhall is switching its emphasis to producing ‘electric cars with petrol alternatives’, rather than the other way round. It is unlikely that Vauxhall will give the Mokka-e many obvious changes over the petrol model, as it says its customers don’t want EVs to look any different.
Riding on PSA’s CMP platform, the electric Vauxhall Mokka-e will likely deploy the 50kW battery pack and electric motor found in the Peugeot e-2008 and DS 3 Crossback E-Tense. These cars offer almost 200 miles of range, while fast-charging hardware will allow the Mokka-e’s battery to be topped up to 80% in around half an hour. Don’t expect a PHEV Mokka as the CMP platform doesn’t support petrol and electric power together.
The petrol engines will be shared with other Vauxhall and Peugeot models. There will be several versions of a turbocharged 1.2-litre engine; in the Vauxhall Astra it’s offered in three states of tune – 108hp, 128hp and 143hp.
Vauxhall has confirmed that both the petrol and electric models of the new Mokka will arrive in showrooms in early 2021. We’d expect the car to be more expensive than the previous model (now out of production), starting from around £21,000.
The electric Mokka-e model is expected to start from around £26,000 after the Government’s £3,000 grant is deducted. This should represent a small premium over the conventional engines in the Mokka, but one that shouldn’t be too off-putting for potential buyers, especially as electric cars are far less expensive to run than petrol ones.