Vaux­hall en­ters the small SUV mar­ket

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Fred­eric Manby

MOKKA: I sup­pose we’ll get used to the name for Vaux­hall’s first small SUV. It has its pre­miere in Geneva in March and is ex­pected to be in Bri­tish show­rooms well be­fore Christ­mas.

At 167 inches long, the Mokka is sim­i­lar in size to the Meriva and a few inches longer than Suzuki’s SX4. Like many SUVS, it can be had with front wheel drive or 4x4 trac­tion. It is built in South Korea by GM Korea (Dae­woo/ Chevro­let), was en­gi­neered by Opel and will be sold as an Opel in most mar­kets.

The three launch en­gines have fuel sav­ing Start/stop tech­nol­ogy. There is a 113bhp 1.6 petrol or a 138bhp 1.4-litre Turbo with 147 lb-ft of torque. The diesel is a 128bhp 1.7 CDTI turbo pro­duces 221 lb-ft of torque. The 1.4 Turbo and the 1.7 CDTI can be had as six-speed au­to­mat­ics.

New driver aids in­clude front and rear cam­eras for safety, crash mit­i­ga­tion, lane de­par­ture warn­ing and traf­fic sign recog­ni­tion.

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