By Mike Torpey on 2020-09-02 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
Vauxhall lifts wraps
on new Mokka
VAUXHALL has lifted the wraps from its new generation Mokka compact crossover model, hot on the heels of the new battery-electric Mokka-e.
The Mokka will be the first model to feature the brand's new face and next generation digital cockpit - known as the Vauxhall Vizor and Pure Panel.
The latter - a horizontally stretched instrument panel - has two widescreen displays, the one in front of the driver measuring up to 12 inches and designed to keep the driver's focus on the road.
Despite a slightly longer wheelbase, the newcomer is actually 12.5cms shorter than the previous model, while offering five passengers a similar boot space of up to 350 litres. Its total length of only 4.15 metres makes it easier to manoeuvre and park.
And with SRi trim available, Vauxhall is for the first time, offering a sportier version of the Mokka.
SRi models come as standard with high-gloss black Vizor chrome exterior trim elements and badges, specific front seat fabric and red instrument panel trim.
Also standard are 18-inch alloy wheels with black and red accents, a two-tone roof and black headliner.
Technologies from higher vehicle classes will be included through the range and include Adaptive Cruise Control and Active Lane Positioning Assistant along with glare-free IntelliLux LED matrix light featuring 14 elements, unique in the category.
All Mokka models get LED lamps at the front and rear, an electric parking brake and traffic sign recognition while a 180-degree panoramic rear-view camera is also available.
Both petrol and diesel engines will power the Mokka range, starting with the entry-level 100hp 1.2 Turbo petrol combined with a six-speed manual gearbox and the promise of an average 51.4 miles per gallon.
Higher performance is supplied by the 130bhp 1.2 Turbo with the same manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The two petrol engines are joined by a 1.5-litre diesel with six-speed manual transmission, producing 110bhp and maximum torque of 250Nm. Fuel consumption is claimed to range from 62.8mpg to 65.7mpg.
"With its bold design that becomes part of the signature look for all future models, the all-new Mokka features everything that will define the brand from now on."
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