New 2021 Vauxhall Mokka revealed

A replacement for the popular Vauxhall Mokka X is nearly here and is set to be lighter, more economical and available in electric form

Christofer Lloyd
Jul 31, 2020

Vauxhall is lining up a replacement for the strong-selling Mokka X compact SUV. This model is a similar size to many medium hatchbacks, but offers a raised driving position and boxier off-roader-style look.

The new model is set to replicate this, albeit with weight savings of up to 120kg compared with the equivalent outgoing model - which should help it to provide stronger acceleration and improved fuel economy - and introduces the first electric Mokka.

The new Mokka X is set for production in late 2020, with the first new models arriving with UK customers in early 2021. Expect details on pricing and specifications to be revealed closer to the launch date.

Electric Vauxhall Mokka-e to be offered

The new Mokka will also come in electric form - named the Mokka-e. Details are yet to be revealed about how far this version will be able to travel per charge and how long it will take to top up.

However, with each generation of electric cars gaining a little more range, we'd expect a medium sized SUV from a mainstream manufacturer to be able to offer a range of around 150-250 miles per charge. Potentially that could be in the form of more affordable versions offering 150-200 miles of range and a more expensive, larger battery option capable of around 250 miles.

What we do know for sure is that potential rivals to the Mokka-e such as the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro claim battery range of 278 and 282 miles per charge respectively, while the Nissan Leaf e+ can manage up to 239 miles.

Weight savings should result in improved fuel economy

Vauxhall is claiming that the new car should be up to 120kg lighter than the current model - that's a not insignificant saving of not far off 10%. Having less weight to move around should result in the new Mokka consuming less fuel and being faster to accelerate. It should also make the car more agile around corners.

Despite the lighter body, the new car is a similar size to the outgoing Mokka, with a similar distance between front and rear wheels. This means the cabin should be similarly roomy, with the upright SUV format and added interior height likely to make it feel spacious inside.

Refinement and safety high on the agenda 

Most SUV buyers favour comfort and refinement over a sporty drive, and that's likely to be reflected in how the new Vauxhall Mokka drives. Vauxhall has focused on making the new Mokka feel pleasant to drive with a high-quality feel and low noise levels.

Vauxhall is promising precise steering and high comfort levels but with a firm enough ride to keep this tall car controlled over bumps and around corners. It has been set up for safe and relaxing driving on the motorway, so expect the new Mokka to be a comfy machine to drive rather than being particularly exciting behind the wheel.


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