Vauxhall enters the small SUV market
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.