New Vauxhall Mokka
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Sub-compact SUVs, supermini-sized off-roaders or small crossovers - whatever you call them they are defined by the Nissan Juke and are one of the fastest emerging markets in the automotive industry. And Vauxhall wants in.
What is it?
The Vauxhall Mokka is a 4x4 sub-compact crossover that is the British marque's rival to the Nissan Juke. But despite its diminutive dimensions - the Mokka is just 4.28m long - it promises to be practical.
Technology usually reserved for luxury barges such as adaptive forward lighting and a front camera recognition system including lane departure warning, forward collision alert and traffic sign recognition makes the Mokka advanced as well as practical thanks to five seats and a maximum 1,372-litres of boot space.
The name naturally draws some coffee connotations, and we can see that like most 4x4s the new Vauxhall will spend most of its time on the school run and, well, going to pick up a mocha rather than out pounding rugged landscapes.
How much and when?
The Mokka will be available in the UK towards the end of 2012 with full pricing and specification to be confirmed closer to the car's launch.
Anything else I should know?
Propulsion choices come courtesy of three engines, all equipped with start-stop. A naturally aspirated 115hp 1.6-litre and 140hp 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engines are offered alongside a 130hp 1.7-litre turbodiesel unit, with all engines mated to a standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic gearbox.
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