The second-generation Vauxhall Mokka and Mokka-e are expected to be available in dealerships from early 2021. Until then, the vehicle has to undergo numerous tests before it hits public roads.
As such, Vauxhall/Opel engineers have been putting the finishing touches to the upcoming crossover SUV. TotallyEV understands that acoustic tests are currently being conducted to improve ride comfort – that also involves improving the responsiveness of the steering wheel and the pedals.
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Elsewhere, engineers have been putting the vehicle through its paces in Arctic conditions to test the chassis, powertrain, electronics and lighting capabilities of the new Mokka. These have been taking place across frozen lakes and narrow country roads in Swedish Lapland.
In terms of the vehicle’s design, the next-gen Vauxhall Mokka is based on the company’s CMP multi-energy platform (Common Modular Platform). This allows for the SUV to be flexible throughout the various stages of its development. Furthermore, the CMP allows the use of a pure EV powertrain and a gasoline variant. As such, the Mokka-e (electric variant) will have its batteries lined within the vehicle’s floor.
Unsurprisingly, it lowers the centre of gravity and increases torsional rigidity by 30% – excellent prerequisites for dynamic driving. As for the gasoline variant, the new platform means the SUV will shed up to 120kg of weight over its predecessor; making it more efficient and a touch easier to drive.
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Karsten Bohle, the project coordinator for the second-gen Mokka comments: “We are all looking forward to seeing the new Mokka on the road in customer’s hands. The test drives are running like clockwork, also because our new baby, with its low weight and compact external dimensions, reacts well to adjustments. Handling and comfort are super. The Mokka is a joy to drive,” said Bohle, “the development work has been great fun.”
Joining Bohle in testing the new Mokka, is engineer Gunnar Nees, who has been testing the vehicle in the Arctic. Nees is testing the vehicle’s ABS, ESP, assistance systems and the effects this has on the new chassis. Testing is done under such harsh conditions to ensure there are no surprises when the car is used by customers in more extreme conditions. If the vehicle passes under the icy Arctic Circle and high summer in Mediterranean conditions, the vehicle will or should be suited for all types of driving conditions.
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It’s great to get a glimpse of what’s to come of the new Vauxhall Mokka; don’t be drawn in by its green livery, as this is done to blur the vehicle’s contours. The SUV is set for an early 2021 release – does it take your fancy? Let us know in the comments below or via social media; we’re on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.