Wednesday, May 25, 2022

New electric Vauxhall Mokka X to be central to brand’s EV plan

The upcoming pure-electric version of the Vauxhall Mokka X will become the backbone of the SUV’s line-up as the British manufacturer looks to switch its focus from petrol and diesel power to electrification.

And buyers won’t have to wait long for the EV to land in showrooms because Auto Express can reveal the electric crossover will be launched only months after the standard Mokka X SUV arrives at the beginning of next year; a possible debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show has been earmarked.

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The Kia e-Niro rival will take its styling cues from last year’s GT X Experimental concept and is previewed by our exclusive main image. It’ll ditch the typical EV looks, with a design that differs only subtly from the petrol versions. Customers “don’t want an EV to look any different”, a Vauxhall insider told us.

The new Mokka will be based on the PSA Group’s Compact Modular Platform (CMP), which will also underpin the next-generation Peugeot 2008 and upcoming Corsa supermini regardless of powertrain. Yet Vauxhall will look to pitch its electric crossover not as the flagship Mokka, but as a mainstay in the range, using it to help the company meet increasingly stringent emissions targets.

Our source told us the PSA Group wants its range to comprise “electric cars with petrol alternatives”, suggesting that, before long, the manufacturer considers its electrified cars will be the default choice for buyers across the new car market.

The unnamed electric Mokka is expected to lift its powertrain from the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense, which uses a 50kWh battery under the floor. As with that car, the Mokka should charge from zero to 80 per cent in 30 minutes and offer a total emissions-free range of around 185 miles. The CMP platform doesn’t support hybrid technology, and as such there will be no Mokka PHEV.

The 2020 Mokka X isn’t likely to differ wildly from the current car in terms of size, but Vauxhall will look to distance it from the boxier Crossland X, which sits on an older set of chassis components. While our source couldn’t disclose company plans, it’s likely the new Mokka will take on a sportier look, similar to that of the GT X show car. Adding a sloping roofline and shorter front and rear overhangs would allow Vauxhall to clearly separate its two B-segment SUVs.

It’s too early to confirm specifications and prices for the electric Vauxhall Mokka X, but we can expect the new crossover to command a small premium over the petrol and diesel versions from launch.

However, given how closely the models are aligned and the company’s desire to increase EV sales, the jump in list price is likely to be smaller than it is on the equivalent Hyundai Kona. As such, prices should start from around £26,000 after the Government’s £3,500 plug-in car grant.

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