📂︎ News | 🖳︎ Wayne Gorrett | 🖃︎ June 25, 2020
➤ Range price from around £20,000. Order books open in the autumn, hits showrooms early 2021.
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The all-new 2021 Vauxhall Mokka will feature petrol, diesel and all-electric powertrains when it arrives next year.
The new Corsa-based Vauxhall Mokka has been unveiled with an all-new design, new technology and a pure-electric Mokka-e model for the first time. Gone are the frumpy librarian looks and, according to Vauxhall, the car’s bold new styling will take the car-maker in a new direction and become a ‘signature look’ for future models.
A member of the PSA Group since 2017, Vauxhall has been on a new-product offensive ever since. The new Mokka and all-electric Mokka-e share their underpinnings with the Peugeot 2008 and the forthcoming new Citroen C4 and are expected to be available to order later this year, before reaching showrooms in 2021.
Petrol versions are anticipated to start from around £20,000, while the Mokka-e will likely start from just under £30,000. Both models have dropped the ‘X’ from the outgoing Mokka X name.
Measuring 4,150mm in length, the Mokka is 125mm shorter than the previous model, and gets a slight increase in its overall wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels). Passenger space for five adults and 350 litres of luggage should be similar, while the British brand says the new car’s smaller dimensions make it more manoeuvrable in congested streets and car parks.
The new Mokka ushers in a revamped ‘Brand face’ for Vauxhall, with a bold look it calls the ‘Vauxhall Vizor’, set to be a feature of the marque’s forthcoming new models. This spans the front of the car, encompassing the headlights and Griffin badge inside a large chrome border.
The Mokka also features vertical air intakes beneath its headlights, short front and rear overhangs and plastic cladding above its wheel arches and sills, giving it a rugged appearance. Vauxhall’s images show a striking emerald green car with a contrasting black bonnet, roof and door mirror caps. The rear is more conventional and features a chiselled shoulder line for a more athletic look.
Inside, one of the biggest new features is ‘Pure Panel’, which is said to echo the style of the ‘Vizor’. Featuring two side-by-side digital displays of between 10 and 12-inches in size, they’re said to provide ‘the latest technologies and most important information for the driver, while all irritating visual stimuli are absent.’
The design of the central console has also been made far less cluttered, aided by compact controls for the electric handbrake and gear selector, freeing up space for storage and cup holders. The only remaining physical controls are for the climate control, alongside a few infotainment shortcut buttons and a volume control dial.
Interior quality is also expected to be considerably improved over the outgoing model thanks to materials including Alcantara and a heated driver’s seat with a massage function. Full leather upholstery will also be available.
Rivals will include the Peugeot 2008 that’s based on the same CMP platform, along with the Renault Captur and all-electric MG ZS EV and Mazda MX-30 models.
The new Mokka will offer more safety systems than before, with adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, and active lane positioning. Matrix LED headlights will also be available, with individual elements that can alter the spread of light automatically to avoid dazzling traffic and adjust for the conditions.
The all-electric Mokka-e will have a 50kWh battery and a front-mounted 134hp electric motor sending its power to the front wheels. No performance details have been revealed, but Vauxhall has confirmed it will be capable of up to 201 miles of electric range.
Charging is up to 11kW at home using an AC supply, and up to 100kW DC at a public rapid charger. This means top-ups on longer trips should take no longer than it takes to grab a Greggs steak-bake and a coffee.
Vauxhall hasn’t revealed full details for the Mokka’s petrol or diesel engines, but the line-up is expected to closely follow that of the Peugeot 2008. That means 1.2-litre petrol turbo engine in three states of tune – 99, 128 or 153hp, alongside a 1.5-litre diesel with 99hp, which to be fair is expected to be a small seller. New engines and the fact the new Mokka will be around 120kg lighter should add up to significantly lower running costs.