The Vauxhall Mokka is the brand’s answer to the runaway success of the Nissan Juke and anticipates Ford’s move into the lucrative compact 4×4 market with the recently-revealed, Fiesta-based Ford Ecosport.
In fact, the Mokka will beat the Ecosport to market in the UK with a release date set for late in 2012. Ford’s offering is yet to be confirmed for UK dealerships.
The Mokka’s Corsa origins are instantly recognisable at the front of the car where the distinctive front grille gives way to a more muscular bonnet.
The Mokka itself is raised up off the ground in the style of an SUV with a steadily sloping roof complete with roof rails tapering into a bulging rear end.
This is necessary to create enough room for five people, according to Vauxhall, and the rear end even has space for a Vauxhall bike rack as an optional extra.
The key to a compact SUV is practicality and Vauxhall promises 1,372-litres of boot space with the seats folded in its newest car.
As a compact SUV, the Mokka will come with a 4×4 option and off-road staples such as hill start assist, hill descent control and the ubiquitous electronic stability control as standard.
Both petrol and diesel engines are being prepared for the SUV. The former comprises a choice of 1.6-litre 115PS engine or a turbocharged 140PS 1.4-litre Turbo while the single diesel option is a 1.7-litre turbo developing 130PS.
All engines will come with start-stop technology to improve (as yet unannounced) fuel economy figures and help to bring down CO2 emissions.
Vauxhall will reveal full details for the Vauxhall Corsa-based SUV closer to a predicted launch date late in 2012.