2020 Vauxhall Mokka-e electric SUV revealed in full
Following a number of official teaser images and pictures of pre-production models testing in disguise, the all-new Vauxhall Mokka-e has arrived, complete with purely electric power. The new small SUV is set to go on sale from late summer 2020, with first deliveries in early 2021. The Mokka-e will be offered alongside the regular petrol and diesel Mokka models and is Vauxhall's equivalent to the DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE and Peugeot e-2008 SUVs.
Built on the same CMP (Common Modular Platform) mechanical underpinnings as the Vauxhall Corsa-e and Peugeot e-208, the Mokka-e is powered by a 100kW electric motor and 50kWh battery. Total claimed range is 201 miles, while an 11kW on-board charger allows for both home wallbox and rapid charging. Top speed is limited to 93mph, although acceleration figures are yet to be announced – a time of around eight seconds is likely.
Three drive modes allow control over the car's electric drivetrain: Normal, Eco and Sport. Charging, Vauxhall claims, will take just 30 minutes to 80% from a 100kW public rapid charger. Vauxhall claims that the new Mokka is up to 120kg lighter than the old car, up to 30% stiffer and so more efficient and more fun for the driver.
The new Mokka has a slightly longer wheelbase than before, but is 12.5cm shorter; the boot measures in at 350 litres. Its styling, Vauxhall says, heralds a new design direction for the brand – all future models will carry the new 'Vauxhall Visor' front-end treatment, with LED matrix headlights, along with similar design touches to the interior. It's overall look is inspired by the 2018 Vauxhall GT X Experimental concept car.
Inside, the all-new interior features a dashboard that echoes that revised front end. The latest-generation Vauxhall infotainment works across two screens of varying size depending on trim level; Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality features, along with real-time information sat-nav and access to VauxhallConnect breakdown assistance and automatic emergency call technology.
Vauxhall will also offer adaptive cruise control with stop/go functionality, active lane-positioning and upgraded adaptive headlights as options, along with a choice of leather, Alcantara or cloth trim and a range of front seat types. Wireless phone charging will also be optional.
Pricing and rivals
The Mokka-e rivals the likes of the Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia e-Niro and MG ZS EV, as well as its aforementioned sister models from DS and Peugeot. No pricing has been revealed as yet, but it’s safe to expect the Mokka-e to be close to its Peugeot e-2008 sibling in this regard; a figure around £30,000 is likely when it goes on sale on sale later in the summer.
Vauxhall has said that its customers don't want future electric models to look radically different from their petrol and diesel-powered counterparts, so the GT X-inspired looks are seen across the new Mokka range, as is the case with the Corsa and 208 families.
Vauxhall also has a plug-in hybrid version of its Grandland X family SUV, as well as an electric version of the Vivaro van. According to a source speaking to our sister site Auto Express, the PSA Group as a whole wants to offer "electric cars with petrol alternatives", with electric being seen as the default option for most buyers.