This month we were shown the first pictures of Vauxhall’s next big move in the UK – the small ‘Mokka’ SUV.
Apart from giving headline writers any manner of coffee-related puns, the new Vauxhall Mokka also gives Vauxhall a chance to take advantage of what is an increasingly popular market.
The Nissan Qashqai, a car which is only slightly bigger than the Mokka but boasts similar SUV-like styling, is a regularly in the UK’s ten top sellers and it is this market Vauxhall is hoping to take advantage of.
Ford has already signalled its intentions to build a small SUV for emerging markets such as India. The car is called the Ecosport and is based on the UK’s best-selling car, the Ford Fiesta.
If successful, it is sure to lead to a UK version in future. However, it will come much later than the Vauxhall Mokka, itself a car based on the brand’s popular supermini, the Vauxhall Corsa.
As a Corsa-based car the Mokka is sure to handle well and if any of the Vauxhall Frontera’s superb off-road ability is passed down it should be a good car to have in adverse weather.
Available with two- or four-wheel drive and a host of driver aids such as electronic stability control, hill start assist and hill descent control, the Mokka is sure to be a capable little SUV.
However, if the relationship between Vauxhall and Chevrolet in the UK is anything to go by, it will also be aimed a little more upmarket than the Corsa it is based on.
Expect a big step forward in materials and equipment for Vauxhall as it tries to differentiate itself from the more affordable Chevrolet in the UK.
Vauxhall does not want to compete directly with the US brand and as a result, there is expected to be a bigger gap between the two emphasised in future.
The introduction of the Vauxhall Mokka could mean Chevrolet will use the model as the basis for its own mini SUV to sit beneath the recently updated Chevrolet Captiva.
There has been no confirmation this will happen in the UK but the two brands enjoy a close relationship in the UK and Chevrolet, as a manufacturer with a model in most segments, will be looking at the growth in smaller SUVs carefully over the coming months.
In the meantime, the Vauxhall Mokka will make its official debut early in March and Perrys Vauxhall dealerships will welcome the new model onto their forecourts this year.
You can keep abreast of the latest Vauxhall Mokka news here on the Perrys online magazine in the build up to the Vauxhall Mokka launch date.