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New Vauxhall Frontera gets leaked online ahead of full reveal

The Vauxhall Frontera name is coming back with all-electric power

We’ve had a few teasers already but now we can have a proper look at the upcoming, new Vauxhall Frontera thanks to some images prematurely leaked on social media. 

The Vauxhall Frontera is being reborn as an all-new mid-size SUV that’s focused on being versatile and affordable – words we like to hear. We know the new Frontera is due to be unveiled in full very soon, but this image gives us an early peek at the Frontera’s design from the front.

As we expected after various teaser images and from our own exclusive image after spotting a prototype undergoing testing last year, the new Frontera sports a more rugged interpretation of Vauxhall’s latest design philosophy, utilising a more boxy profile compared to other Vauxhall SUVs. Compared to the Crossland, the new Frontera has a more robust, SUV-like shape and taller roofline, which should help with both passenger and luggage space. The overall proportions look similar to the new Citroen e-C3 - not surprising given the two should share the same ‘Smart Car’ platform. 

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The Frontera’s bluff front end is the same as the Citroen’s although to help differentiate it, there’s Vauxhall’s ‘Vizor’ grille design. There’s also plastic wheel arch trims to elevate the Frontera’s off-road style, along with a silver lower trim on the front bumper to mimic a skid plate. 

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As well as giving value-focused brands like Citroen and Dacia something to be worried about, the all-new Vauxhall Frontera will serve as the replacement for the ageing Crossland – Vauxhall’s more practical small MPV/SUV offering that’s sold alongside the more style-focused but much newer Mokka

However the Frontera is expected to be a good deal bigger than the Crossland and sit as a more practical alternative to the Mokka - Vauxhall’s customer site has suggested the car will be “bigger and better than ever”.

This will allow the car to build some distance from the Mokka, and become more of a rival to popular mid-size SUVs such as the Nissan Qashqai – the UK’s second best-selling model in 2023. Vauxhall is promising “high level of space and versatility” from the new Frontera, along with “functional features and tech to ease your longer road trips,” but has yet to reveal exactly what these are. 

For those who don’t remember the original Frontera, it launched in 1991 and was one of the early crossover SUVs. However, we wouldn’t consider the first or second-generation Fronteras to be among Vauxhall’s more fondly remembered cars, which could explain why the name is making a comeback only after a 20-year hiatus from showrooms. 

Vauxhall Frontera Electric 

An all-electric version will be available from launch according to Vauxhall. The only technical detail released by Vauxhall at this stage is confirmation that the all-electric version of the new Vauxhall Frontera will be available from launch, which based on Vauxhall’s naming strategy is going to be called the Vauxhall Frontera Electric. 

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The EV "will be offered at an attractive price point, as we support access to electric cars for all, according to the brand. If Vauxhall is targeting a genuinely affordable price tag for the Frontera Electric, then we suspect it will use the new ‘Smart Car’ platform from parent company Stellantis. It’s the same architecture found on the forthcoming Citroen e-C3 supermini and will also underpin the next-generation Citroen C3 Aircross. 

This will make the Frontera cheaper to produce than the Mokka, which sits on a different platform called CMP. The Frontera Electric could use the same 44kWh battery and 112bhp electric motor found in the e-C3, but being a significantly bigger car, it may also be offered with a larger battery pack. 

Considering the cheapest version of the Mokka Electric starts from over £36,000, and an entry-level Corsa Electric from nearly £34k, this could mean a sub-£30,000 starting price for the electric Frontera. 

The Frontera Electric is likely to be the focus, but the flexible ‘Smart Car’ architecture leaves the door open for petrol-powered models. Pure-petrol models could use Vauxhall’s familiar turbocharged 1.2-litre three-cylinder PureTech engine, producing either 99bhp or 128bhp. Meanwhile mild-hybrid versions would pair a similar engine with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, with an integrated electric motor powered by a small 48-volt battery. In the Corsa Hybrid, the e-motor provides an extra 28bhp and 55Nm of torque, and can drive the car for short distances on battery power alone. 

This isn’t the only new EV Vauxhall is launching in 2024. Later this year it will introduce the next-generation Grandland family SUV, which will use the same platform as the new Peugeot 3008, and will be available with all-electric power. At that point, for the first time in Vauxhall’s history, every model in its range of both cars and vans will be available in fully electric form.

What will the new Vauxhall Frontera have to beat? Click here for our list of the best small SUVs on sale right now...

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A keen petrol-head, Alastair Crooks has a degree in journalism and worked as a car salesman for a variety of manufacturers before joining Auto Express in Spring 2019 as a Content Editor. Now, as our senior news reporter, his daily duties involve tracking down the latest news and writing reviews.

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