Vauxhall Mokka will go on sale in 2012

The small SUV is the star of Vauxhall’s stand at the Geneva Motor Show, home to some of the most exciting new car concepts in Europe.

However, Vauxhall’s new model will actually be available to buy towards the end of 2012, Vauxhall has confirmed, as a bulkier take on the best-selling Vauxhall Corsa hatchback.

Much of the Mokka’s design is based on the Vauxhall Corsa including the front end but the car has a raised ground height more in keeping with an SUV.

It also boasts a chunkier design around the wheel arches and an eye-catching ‘blade’ down the flanks to differentiate it from its hatchback sibling.

Its SUV design mean it is more practical than the hatchback in terms of boot space – 1,372 litres are available with the 60:40 split rear seats folded.

Vauxhall says the Mokka will be able to seat five adults despite measuring a little over four metres in length and it will become only the second model in Vauxhall’s line-up available with the choice of front- or four-wheel drive after the larger Vauxhall Antara SUV.

However, despite the SUV style and four-wheel drive option Vauxhall is focused on bringing running costs down in the new Mokka to meet the new wave of downsizers and cost-conscious buyers.

This means three engines (two petrol and all fitted with fuel-saving stop-start technology to reduce consumption and CO2 emissions.

Petrol choices include a 1.6-litre 115PS and a 1.4-litre Turbo delivering 140PS. The diesel option is a 130PS 1.4-litre turbo and, along with the larger petrol, can be specified with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.

New Vauxhall Mokka prices will be announced closer to the launch date, which will take place in the final three months of 2012, says Vauxhall.