The new Vauxhall Mokka will go on sale this November with a starting price of £16,995. The Mokka will be going up against the Nissan Juke and Ford Ecosport. From launch, three trim levels (S, Exclusiv and SE) are available for Vauxhall’s high-riding five-seater (based on GM’s Gamma II platform). These are the entry-level 113bhp 1.6-litre petrol, turbocharged 138bhp 1.4 petrol (4x4 as standard) and the company’s 128bhp 1.7CDTi unit.
The S-spec models have the following as standard: air-conditioning, 16-inch alloys, daytime running lights, hill start assist, digital radio and cruise control. Opting for the Exclusiv spec provides Bluetooth, parking sensors and 18-inch alloys.
But for the top-of-the-line SE Mokkas, expect to get heated leather seats, tinted glass, chrome-effect door handles and adaptive headlights. The most fuel-efficient front-wheel-drive, six-speed manual diesel Mokka returns 60.1mpg with 124g/km CO2.
The most powerful car in the range, the 138bhp 1.4T, boasts of 44.8mpg and 149g/km CO2. The entry-level five-speed 1.6-litre cars come with 43.5mpg with 153g/km CO2.
Vauxhall has been known to come out with unprecedented products and the new Mokka SUV is no different. With a highly expressive and bold design combined with the advanced technology and excellent driving dynamics, it is sure to attract the attention of many people.
Through the Mokka the brand will not only have a new SUV in its lineup but it also allows it to be part of the ever expanding compact SUV class. For those not familiar, the difference between a standard SUV and a compact SUV is that the latter has an overall length not exceeding 4.30 meters. The compact SUV class is also one that continues to grow compared to other segments where growth appears to be limited. A good example is that when comparing the results of the first half of 2012 versus the same period in 2011, the compact SUV segment revealed a 7% growth.
With its entry to this segment, Vauxhall will need to contend with the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, the Nissan Juke, and the Skoda Yeti, to name a few. By having a striking look as well as offering ample space and excellent safety features, Vauxhall hopes that this will attract a wide range of customers. A study conducted has revealed that such customers are those that have active lifestyles where leisure activities have a large role in their lives. In answer to this, Vauxhall made sure that the Mokka would have a number of excellent features, an example of which is the FlexFix bicycle carrier, excellent for customers who aim to find the correct mix of business and pleasure.
The brand also revealed that the Mokka is targeted at those who are technology-savvy and who put comfort and safety high on their list. As such, the Mokka has features that are truly unique for its class. These are, to name a few, the Adaptive Forward Lighting, or AFL+, a number of camera systems on the front, and ergonomic premium seats, though offered mainly as an option. Vauxhall also expects that a little above 50% of the Mokka customers will like go for the front-wheel drive version. In terms of the engine, 42% of the sales are for the CD Ti 1.7-liter engine.
This is followed by the 1.6-liter unit at 38% with the turbochraged 1.4-liter petrol engine accounting for the remaining 20%. Vauxhall Chairman and Managing Director Duncan Aldred shared that the design cues of the Mokka were inspired by those coming from larger SUVs which are then integrated to a more contemporary and compact form. Currently, he added, the brand is now increasing the range of its products that appeals not only to retail customers but even fleet ones.