New 2021 Vauxhall Mokka teased in official sketch
Vauxhall has issued a new teaser for the second-generation Mokka SUV. The British brand’s refreshed compact crossover will go on sale in the UK in early 2021, acting as a new rival for the Ford Puma, Nissan Juke and Renault Captur.
This official sketch offers our first uncamouflaged look at the new Mokka’s headlamps and grille, which are integrated into a single panel that stretches across the front of the car. Vauxhall calls this design the “Vauxhall Vizor,” due to its similarity to the screen on a full-face helmet, and the brand has confirmed that next-generation models will all use this new face.
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Vauxhall recently released some images of a camouflaged Mokka development mule, giving us a reasonable indication of the rest of the crossover’s styling.
The prototype demonstrates that Vauxhall/Opel’s design team – which is still led by Briton Mark Adams – will keep the car lower and wider than the first-generation Mokka, and take several key styling cues from the well received GT X Experimental concept, which was first revealed in autumn 2018.
In particular, the GT X’s wider, flatter front bumper looks set to be adopted, and Vauxhall/Opel’s designers have tried to retain as much of the concept’s raked roofline as possible. However, the detailing around the prototype’s C-pillar shows that they’re also trying to keep some headroom for rear-seat passengers.
It’s still unclear how much Vauxhall’s latest design language will contribute to the new Mokka’s cabin, but the firm’s engineers have previously promised a “fully digitalised” setup – meaning it’ll be a large departure from what has gone before.
Vauxhall teased the Mokka’s interior alongside the car’s radiator grille and, while the image is a little abstract, it suggests the crossover will receive a minimalist dashboard with a central infotainment system. Buyers should also be offered a digital instrument binnacle on more lavishly equipped models.
New 2021 Vauxhall Mokka: platform and powertrains
It’ll be based on the PSA Groups’s flexible CMP underpinnings, which offers support for both internal combustion and all-electric powertrains. Vauxhall also says the new Mokka will be 120kg lighter than the model it replaces, despite retaining the same dimensions as its predecessor, thanks to the platform’s extensive use of high-strength steel.
Given the new Mokka will share its platform with the latest Vauxhall Corsa, it should be available with the same range of powertrains. That means at least two 1.2-litre three-cylinder PureTech petrol engines, as well as a 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel. Meanwhile, the all-electric Mokka-e should adopt the same 50kWh battery pack and 134bhp electric motor as the Peugeot e-2008, giving it a range of around 200 miles on a single charge.
All cars will be front-wheel drive, although it’s feasible that more potent versions will be offered with a more advanced traction-control system to give some very limited off-road capability. A plug-in hybrid version won’t appear – the CMP underpinnings currently only supports combustion engined and pure electric powertrains.
New 2021 Vauxhall Mokka: market and launch
Speaking to Auto Express, Michael Lohscheller, the boss of Vauxhall’s parent brand Opel, said that while his company’s focus for 2020 is the newly launched Corsa, the target for 2021 is to bring the Mokka back to market after a hiatus of around 18 months (it was pulled from sale in the UK late last year).
Lohscheller explained: “The Mokka is one of the most important launches we’ve had for some time. We have new tech, electrification and a new design language. It will be on the CMP platform, so that means a pure-electric version will come as well, alongside diesel and gasoline. We also have a new design language based on the GT X Experimental concept car. The Mokka will come very close to it.”
Lohscheller didn’t pull any punches when asked to confirm the schedule for the Mokka, either. “It will be in production at the end of this year with commercial launch beginning next year,” he said. “It’s an incredibly important car for us.”
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