Vauxhall tweaks the Mokka suspension for the roads in UK

Article by Christian A., on November 12, 2012

Amid harsh criticisms, Vauxhall has re-specified and retuned the suspension and steering systems of the new Mokka compact SUV so that it could be a better fit to the tastes of the British people and to suit their roads. The new Mokka compact SUV is targeted to compete with the Nissan Juke. It would be prudent to not rush into showrooms yet to buy the model so that you can benefit from the modifications.

Vauxhall thought that the standard European-spec Mokka will be a good fit for the UK market in the early stages of development so it quickly started a retuning program at short notice after the press had released their reviews about the car last month.

Vauxhall Motors Managing Director Duncan Aldred said that the company was “disappointed” by the first press reports that came out about the car but they were quick in admitting that the suspension tune of the car needed to be improved.

Vauxhall vehicle dynamics manager Gerry Baker led the team in revising the car’s dynamics. Included in the car’s revisions are a stiffer steering gear mounting bush, a new software calibration for the car’s electromechanical power steering, and re-rated dampers for the suspension. Like most new Vauxhall models, the car gets UK-specific dynamic tuning.

This is usually finished before the launch of the cars to the press. However, Mokka’s had a delay due to the slow right-hand drive supply from GM in South Korea. Vauxhall said that this delay was implemented in order to get the chance to response to press criticism and conduct retuning before executives were scheduled to sign off on it this week.

The muscular and dynamic exterior of the new Mokka is complemented by design cues that identify the vehicle as a Vauxhall. For instance, the front end of the new Mokka is marked by a prominent radiator grille with the centrally located Vauxhall Griffin logo on the trademark chrome. This grille is flanked by bi-xenon 'eagle eye' headlights. LED daytime running lights -- offered as standard on the SE – are also available.

Meanwhile, the sides feature Vauxhall's signature "blade" light catcher, which serves as background for the bumpers and wheel arches with protective cladding. Higher trimmed Mokka models come with chrome window inserts and door handles. On the rear end, the new Vauxhall Mokka features a skid plate -- in polished aluminum finish – and a rear window that harmonizes with the roof spoiler and the rear lights to give the vehicle a distinct look. Interestingly, the new Mokka comes with roof rack panels as well as the optional Vauxhall-exclusive integrated FlexFix bike carrier system that can be stored in the rear bumper when not needed.

Malcolm Ward, Lead Design Director at Vauxhall/Opel, quipped that the new Mokka is different to its rivals since it is big in attitude even while it is small in size. He added that the new Mokka is a SUV-like car designed for the urban environment.

Customers who wanted to avail of the new Vauxhall Mokka could choose from 10 available exterior finishes in solid (Royal Blue), brilliant (Summit White), metallic (Borocay Blue, Carbon Flash, Deep Espresso Brown, Misty Lake, Satin Steel Grey, Sovereign Silver and Velvet Red) and three-coat premium color (Snowflake White).

Topics: vauxhall, opel mokka, uk

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