Vauxhall Mokka X revealed: a facelift and a name change for 2016

Published: 09 February 2016

► New front and rear styling, interior overhaul
► ‘X’ name is new tag for Vauxhall’s SUVs
► On sale late in 2016, debut at Geneva show

It’s overhaul time for Vauxhall’s small SUV, as the Mokka becomes the Mokka X. The newly facelifted car made its debut at the Geneva motor show, and will go on sale later in 2016.

What’s the ‘X’ about?

Vauxhall describes it as a new ‘segment identifier’ for its SUV and crossover models, so expect it to reappear on all of its future off-road flavoured lines. The next-generation Zafira and Meriva, for example, will be styled and marketed more as crossovers than MPVs. Vauxhall Meriva X, anyone?

Read more about Vauxhall’s future in CAR’s 2014 interview with Opel big boss Karl-Thomas Neumann

Mokka’s new face

A new grille and lights bring the Mokka up to date with Vauxhall’s latest design chops, with ‘double-wing’ LED running lights within the headlamps and a similar design for the tail-lights.

All-LED lights are available, replacing the old car’s xenons and incorporating clever adaptive tech to bend, shape and block their beams.

What about inside?

There’s a brand new dashboard, much like that of the new Astra. Button count is down, and new touchscreens in, with a choice of 7in or 8in ‘IntelliLink’ systems, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Vauxhall’s OnStar internet-powered communications system is standard, including an in-car 4G wi-fi hotspot, concierge services and emergency assistance.

Vauxhall OnStar – does it work? We test the system in CAR+

Any new engines?

The 1.4-litre 150bhp turbocharged petrol from the new Astra joins the range, combined with all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic gearbox. Vauxhall quotes 42.8mpg combined and 154g/km CO2.

Otherwise the range continues as before, including the quieter, cleaner 1.6-litre ‘Whisper’ diesel introduced in 2015.

When can I buy one?

The new Vauxhall Mokka X goes on sale late in 2016. It’s currently on display at the Geneva motor show, sitting alongside the dramatic GT Concept sports car on the Vauxhall and Opel stand.

Read more of CAR’s 2016 Geneva motor show coverage here

Click here for CAR’s A-Z guide to the 2016 Geneva motor show

By James Taylor

CAR's deputy features editor, occasional racer