Vauxhall’s new Mokka X, which reaches UK showrooms late this year, will debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next month with a fresh interior and exterior design, new powertrains and featuring OnStar and Apple CarPlay.
Incorporating cues from Vauxhall’s new design philosophy, the new Mokka X will be the first model to introduce the “X” segment identifier for future Vauxhall SUV and crossover vehicles. With over half a million ordered in Europe and nearly 100,000 in the UK, Mokka has been a huge success since its launch in 2012. The Mokka’s compact size (4.28m long), sporty looks and elevated seating position having wowed customers looking for an affordable SUV.
The Mokka X’s bold new look is thanks to work carried out by a design team lead by Brit Mark Adam’s design team. Its new front look is aligned with Vauxhall’s new design philosophy including a wing-shaped horizontal front grille and the dominant, sharp double-wing signature of the LED daytime running lights.
The front fascia gets precise and elegantly sculpted surfaces, with fewer plastic inserts. This gives the Mokka X a wider, more solid and muscular stance. It is continued at the rear with another double wing signature highlighted in the tail lamps, with LED technology an option. The bodyside retains sporty edge with powerful and athletic lower body lines, energised by Vauxhall’s typical ‘blade’ that sweeps upwards to the rear. Vibrant new colours such as ‘Amber Orange’ and ‘Lava Red’ will also be available.
On the inside, the Mokka X has a completely new dashboard inspired by the new Astra. The new instrument panel is organised around more horizontally shaped elements. It looks both simpler, as well as sharper and more precise in its execution. The centre stack has been redeveloped completely around the seven- and eight-inch touchscreens of the new generation infotainment systems. Now with fewer buttons, it has many functions that are accessible via the touchscreen.
Powertrain and Chassis
After introducing the much-lauded 1.6-litre ‘Whisper Diesel’ engine last year, the Mokka range is now extended further to include a new generation 1.4-litre Direct Injection Turbo (152PS) petrol unit which first appeared in the all-new Astra. With a six-speed automatic transmission, adaptive all-wheel drive and start/stop, this Mokka achieves 42.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 154g/km.