Nissan Juke and Ford Fiesta-based EcoSport rival to go on sale in November
6 March 2012

Vauxhall will take on the Nissan Juke and Ford’s new Fiesta-based EcoSport when the Vauxhall Mokka soft-roader hits UK showrooms in November. It was unveiled today at the Geneva motor show.

The Mokka was first seen in Detroit last month as the Buick Encore, and is the marque's answer to the Nissan Juke and Ford's new Fiesta-based EcoSport.

The high-riding five-seater is 4280mm long and around 1645mm high. It has 1540mm front and rear tracks and a 2555mm wheelbase. A picture of the interior has also been released by Vauxhall for the first time.

Both the Mokka and Encore are based on GM’s Gamma II platform, which will also underpin the next-generation Corsa. The platform is also seen beneath the new Chevrolet Aveo.

In the UK, the Mokka will offer a choice of 117bhp naturally aspirated 1.6-litre and 142bhp turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engines, as well as a 1.7 CDTi turbodiesel that has 132bhp and 221lb ft of torque.

All three powerplants will be equipped with stop-start, and the turbo versions can be combined with either six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. An all-wheel-drive version will be available in addition to the standard front-drive model.

The Mokka has a maximum of 1372 litres of load space with the rear seats folded or 533 litres with the seats up, as well as 19 storage holes and Vauxhall’s integrated Flex-Fix bicycle carrier.

The car’s minimum ground clearance is 158mm and uses suspension designed specifically for a company crossover. Most Mokka variants will ride on 18in alloy wheels as standard. Other standard technology includes electronic stability control, traction control, hill start assist and hill descent control systems and adaptive forward lighting. Vauxhall’s front camera system will be available as an option.

Malcolm Ward, Vauxhall chief designer said: "The Mokka should make a strong statement - we're hoping to help define the segment in terms of design. It also helps that you get more freedom with design when starting with a model that doesn't exist for the brand yet."

 

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10 January 2012

Mokka? Are they serious?

Can they not come up with something better than that?

10 January 2012

[quote evanstim]

Mokka? Are they serious?

Can they not come up with something better than that?

[/quote] Makes the Kuga sound like the work of a genius.


10 January 2012

[quote evanstim]

Mokka? Are they serious?

Can they not come up with something better than that?[/quote]

Could've been worse, they could've nemed it Latte!

Talking of which, wasn't there a Suzuki Cupacino, once upon a time?

10 January 2012

That is a properly terrible name GM........and its back to styling by committee.

Give the guy (or women) who designed the current 5dr Astra Hatch the top job, he/she is the only one who understands the subtlties.

10 January 2012

Design by committee? Too right

It is a car by committee.

Based on a supermini - MPV and now turned into a crossover.

10 January 2012

Personally I don't think Vauxhall / Opels current design language works on chunkier off road style vehicles - something to do with the nose and grill.

It looks like a shrunken Antara, which in itself isn't the happiest looking car.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

10 January 2012

[quote TegTypeR]It looks like a shrunken Antara, which in itself isn't the happiest looking car.[/quote]

The Antara, like the forthcoming new Corsa, virtually all the Chevy's and this Chocca Mokka Latte (and the Buick it is based on) are all cars from GM DAT (aka Daewoo) as far as I know. I'm sure I'll be corrected by someone who takes offence at my use of the word Daewoo...

Maybe that would explain why the styling is a little 'off'? The cars coming out of GM DAT are 70% there but they're not great by any stretch. You have to consider also that the cars they produce are virtually generic, as they have to suit a variety of different brands.

10 January 2012

Amazing how different headlight treatment and grille (not even grille shape) can make its face look quite different.

http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2013-buick-encore/#photo-4726906/

Seems Buick will be Holden's replacement in the Vauxhall/Opel tripletship - makes sense

10 January 2012

[quote TegTypeR]It looks like a shrunken Antara, which in itself isn't the happiest looking car[/quote] Looks OK for a mainstream maker such as Vauxhall, I'm sure it will sell better than the Juke and be more practicable for luggage and rear passengers. A neighbour has a dark grey/blue Antara, and, whilst not an exciting car to look at, it is quite handsome, and better than any photos I've seen of it, so i think your judgement may be a bit harsh, Teg.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

10 January 2012

[quote ordinary bloke]I'm sure it will sell better than the Juke[/quote]

I'm not so sure. Nissan currently can't make enough of them and, given that the Antara isn't a massive seller, I'm not sure this will set the public's imagination on fire either. Vauxhall aren't really renowned for their SUVs.

[quote ordinary bloke]be more practicable for luggage and rear passengers[/quote]

I'd agree with you here, though.


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