New Vauxhall Mokka: next crossover teased

Published: 22 April 2020

► Petrol, diesel and EV flavours
► Comes to market in early 2021
► Shares its platform with the 2008

Vauxhall has begun the countdown to the second-generation Mokka. We’ve already spotted the car out testing – and now Vauxhall has released official images of a disguised prototype.

The small SUV comes to market in early 2021, although the undisguised car will likely show its face this summer. Vauxhall insiders are extremely excited about the new Mokka, hinting that it takes the company’s stylishness up a notch – ‘it’s very sexy’, one told CAR. 

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The Mokka Mk2 shares its architecture with the new Peugeot 2008, which means strictly front-wheel drive, a choice of three-cylinder petrol and a four-cylinder diesel engines, and crucially an all-electric variant. At 4275mm, today’s Mokka is one of the more sizeable small crossovers, and it will likely grow a little bit more towards the 4.3m-long Peugeot. 

Clues to the stylish design are evident in the GT X concept, a small crossover Opel-Vauxhall unveiled in August 2018, a year after the company had been taken over by PSA Groupe. ‘Show cars are a good introduction to our future design direction,’ chief designer Richard Shaw told CAR at the Corsa launch. ‘The GT X shows our clear direction in some of its attributes: it’s a good example of our bold and pure design that’s very expressive without being fussy and ornate. It’s a good look at the essence of the future.’ 

Shaw’s team junked a complete design for the new Corsa created under General Motors’ ownership when PSA took over, which meant a new supermini had to be designed in remarkably quick time. ‘Typically we’d take a year to 18 months, this was done in a couple of months. There was no time to waste, it was a case of make a decision, make a decision. That created a real positive energy to get the car done.’ So while the Mokka will share elements with the Corsa, the team will have had more time to finesse the overall design direction working on Mokka. Inside, expect a more digitised experience than before.

The new car (which is dropping the X suffix) will also become Vauxhall’s pre-eminent small SUV – today the Mokka X and similarly-sized Crossland X (it’s only 63mm shorter in length) jostle for space in showrooms. ‘When the new Mokka comes, will we divide the B-SUV between two models?’ said managing director Steve Norman. ‘I don’t believe we need three SUVs, we have them for legacy reasons.’

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‘The new Vauxhall Mokka will change people’s perception of our brand,’ added Norman. ‘Not only does it show that we’re serious about electrification, but also that we’re not afraid to innovate with design, both inside and out of the car. The Mokka is still in its development phase now, but it is set to be one of Vauxhall’s most important models when it arrives with customers at the start of next year.’

By Phil McNamara

Editor-in-chief of CAR magazine