The Vauxhall Mokka is a hugely popular car, and the recently announced SUV version of this iconic vehicle has caused plenty of buzz in the industry. What could make this even better? The fact that the next iteration of the Mokka SUV is to carry the VXR badge with it. These three letters have been displayed on some of the most powerful – and certainly fastest – petrol cars around, so the fact that the VXR range is set to go electric is news indeed.
In the past, anything that had the VXR badge on it was sure to be a performance car, highly tuned and much more powerful than even the cars they were initially based on. Will this be the case with the electric version of the Mokka SUV? Perhaps not, since the vehicle – the Vauxhall Mokka-e – is apparently going to be using the same 50kWh battery and 134bhp electric motor as the others already in the range. This is an interesting development, and speaks to the electric vehicle movement more than anything else; there is no need to go above and beyond when it comes to high performance; these cars have it built into them.
Managing director for Vauxhall, Stephen Norman, has stated that the VXR Mokka will be released in the spring of 2022 and that it will most certainly have an electric engine. He has even gone as far as to assure potential buyers that, even though there are no added extras in terms of performance (because it’s not required; it’s true that the acceleration for the Mokka-e takes nine seconds to go from 0 to 62mph but adding any more power would reduce the 200-mile battery range, reducing the overall effectiveness), the car itself is going to be packed with extras to make up for it anyway.
So what could that mean? It’s likely to revolve around an upgraded suspension, better brakes, and perhaps even software changes for any VXR model so that it can stand apart from anything else on the market.
In terms of how the car will look, lovers of Vauxhall’s sleek styling will be in for a treat as it will take all that is great about the Mokka SUV and add a definite sense of sportiness to proceedings, including larger alloys and, of course, that VXR badge. There should be a new colour scheme too, and then, interior-wise, sports seats along with some ultra-modern graphics within the infotainment system, as well as alloy pedals (always a good look) should finish things off nicely.
If you’re looking for something new, the Vauxhall Mokka-e is going to tick a lot of boxes, and it’s certain that there won’t be many rivals for your affections. The closest things on the market will be the Skoda Enyaq and the Nissan Ariva, but since these are both going to be more expensive, not to mention bigger, than the Mokka, they’re not going to appeal to quite the same demographic. Regarding price, we don’t know for sure, but a good guess would place the Mokka-e at around the £30,000 mark.
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