New Vauxhall Mokka teased ahead of 2021 launch
Vauxhall has released images of a heavily camouflaged second- generation Mokka prototype, ahead of its launch early next year
The second-generation Vauxhall Mokka is being pushed through the final stages of its development cycle, with this latest suite of official images giving us our best look yet at the all-new crossover. When it goes on sale in the UK in early 2021, Vauxhall’s refreshed compact crossover will act as a rival for the Ford Puma, Nissan Juke and Renault Captur.
It’ll be based on the PSA Groups’s flexible CMP underpinnings, which offers support for both internal combustion and all-electric powertrains. Vauxhall also says the new Mokka will be 120kg lighter than the model it replaces, despite retaining the same dimensions as its predecessor, thanks to the platform’s extensive use of high-strength steel.
Given the new Mokka will share its platform with the latest Vauxhall Corsa, it should be available with the same range of powertrains. That means at least two 1.2-litre three-cylinder PureTech petrol engines, as well as a 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel. Meanwhile, the all-electric Mokka-e should adopt the same 50kWh battery pack and 134bhp electric motor as the Peugeot e-2008, giving it a range of around 200 miles on a single charge.
All cars will be front-wheel drive, although it’s feasible that more potent versions will be offered with a more advanced traction-control system to give some very limited off-road capability. A plug-in hybrid version won’t appear - the CMP underpinnings currently only supports combustion engined and pure electric powertrains.
The modest camouflage worn by the prototype in these latest official images is a deliberate tactic from Vauxhall and its sister brand Opel, as they sought to kick-start early momentum for the new model by showing how big a departure it will represent over the previous car.
The prototype demonstrates that Vauxhall/Opel’s design team – still led by Briton Mark Adams – is keeping the car lower and wider than the first-generation Mokka, and taking several key styling cues from the well received GT X Experimental concept, which was first revealed in autumn 2018.
In particular, the GT X’s wider, flatter front end looks set to be adopted, and Vauxhall/Opel’s designers are trying to retain as much of its roofline as possible. However, the detailing around the prototype’s C-pillar shows that they’re also trying to keep some headroom for rear-seat passengers.
It’s still unclear how much Vauxhall’s latest design language will contribute to the new Mokka’s cabin, but the firm’s engineers have previously promised a “fully digitalised” setup – meaning it’ll be a large departure from what has gone before.
The GT X concept featured a dramatic ultra-wide display across the top of the dashboard – but, while we would expect a digital instrument panel to be standard on many versions of the car, it’s likely to be offered in conjunction with a more conventional central infotainment display, of a new design familiar to other PSA models but new to Vauxhall.
Speaking to Auto Express, Michael Lohscheller, the boss of Vauxhall’s parent brand Opel, said that while his company’s focus for 2020 is the newly launched Corsa, the target for 2021 is to bring the Mokka back to market after a hiatus of around 18 months (it was pulled from sale in the UK late last year).
Lohscheller explained: “The Mokka is one of the most important launches we’ve had for some time. We have new tech, electrification and a new design language. It will be on the CMP platform, so that means a pure-electric version will come as well, alongside diesel and gasoline. We also have a new design language based on the GT X Experimental concept car. The Mokka will come very close to it.”
Lohscheller didn’t pull any punches when asked to confirm the schedule for the Mokka, either. “It will be in production at the end of this year with commercial launch beginning next year,” he said. “It’s an incredibly important car for us.”
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