Vauxhall Mokka X heralds new SUV line-up

Vauxhall says future SUVs and crossovers will use its new 'X' brand, and a freshly facelifted Mokka X leads the way

Vauxhall has given its Mokka SUV a new family face and a new name to go with it. Due on sale in the UK later this year, the latest version of Vauxhall's Nissan Juke-rivalling family SUV will be known as the Mokka X. All future SUVs and crossovers from Vauxhall are slated to get the new style X badging too.

Revealed at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the facelifted Vauxhall Mokka gets a new engine choice, a bold new design and Vauxhall’s OnStar connectivity system.

Mark Adams, vice president of design for Opel and Vauxhall, told that "the X denotes our SUVs and compact utility vehicles, which is why it's now on the Mokka". Adams didn't specify what those compact utility vehicles might be, but we expect it refers to the upcoming Zafira and Meriva, which are expected to take on an SUV-like shape.

The X brand will be used on all the models in the respective ranges, but Adams said the badging will be slightly different for the four-wheel-drive versions: "On the 4x4 models, the badge will sit between the two fours."
Vauxhall Mokka X Geneva - rear three quarter

The rear of the Mokka X is very similar to the previous model, but round the front it’s been given the new Vauxhall family face. It’s more chiselled than the outgoing model, with a "wing-shaped" front grille and fewer bits of extraneous plastic trim. There are also Adaptive Forward Lighting LED headlights to replace the previous Xenon units.

The inside has been given a more comprehensive redesign, and there are shades of the Astra about the Mokka X’s dash. That means a large IntelliLink touchscreen, fewer buttons than in the previous car and swathes of piano-black trim.

IntelliLink brings both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the Mokka X, but the real star of the show is OnStar. Vauxhall calls the set-up a "personal connectivity and service assistant", and it combines plenty of functions. Kids in the back will be happy to use the built-in 4G wireless hotspot, but OnStar advisors are on hand 24/7 to download destinations to the sat-nav, bring roadside assistance to the vehicle’s location or even call the emergency services in the event of an accident.

The Mokka X will be available with the 1.6-litre ‘Whisper’ diesel we tested last year, but those after a petrol powerplant will be happy to see a new generation 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine. It provides 150bhp and Vauxhall says it will return 42.8mpg when combined with four-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic gearbox.

Vauxhall claims OnStar makes the Mokka X the best-connected car in the compact SUV market, and with a new look (penned by a British designer) and new engines, it could just be a winner in other areas, too. Having been unveiled officially at the Geneva Motor Show, the Vauxhall Mokka X will go on sale later this year.

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