Vauxhall Mokka receives engine upgrade
The Mokka compact SUV has become the latest model in Vauxhall’s lineup to get the 1.6-litre Whisper Diesel engine, after it was unveiled at this year’s Paris Motor Show.
Benefits over the outgoing engine include a power boost of 6bhp and 20Nm of torque, plus significantly lower fuel consumption figures.
Vauxhall claims that the new Whisper Diesel will take the Mokka from 0-62mph in 10.5 seconds, before going on to a top speed of 118mph.
Linked with a six-speed manual transmission and start-stop technology as standard, the engine will reportedly deliver 58.9mpg with CO2 emissions from 109g/km.
The combination of the new turbo diesel and manual transmission is offered for both front- and four-wheel drive, while a six-speed automatic is also available with front-wheel drive.
Released at the end of 2012, the Mokka is Vauxhall’s first foray into the SUV market, and has proven to be a resounding success with over 200,000 orders placed, around 36,000 of which have been from UK buyers.
Vauxhall’s engineers have worked hard to achieve class-beating values for noise generation and refinement with the new diesel engine, labelling it as the marque’s cleanest mid-sized diesel ever.
Named the “Whisper Diesel” due to its ultra-quiet running, other firsts for the Luton carmaker include the first use of aluminium for the engine block, plus a better NOx trap to capture harmful waste gases.
Tough-looking, but with plenty of room for five occupants and all the practicality necessary for a small family, the Mokka features a sporty design and handy 362-litre boot.
Standard equipment on the small SUV includes 18-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning and steering-mounted controls, plus cruise control and DAB digital radio.
Alongside the new Whisper Diesel engine, other power options include a 138bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine, which can take the Mokka to 62mph from a standstill in just 9.9 seconds, topping out at a max speed of 120mph.
As well as that, the petrol engine also manages a combined fuel economy figure of 47.9mpg and emits just 139g/km of CO2 emissions.
The new Mokka engine with Whisper Diesel engine will be available to buy from early 2015, while prices for the Vauxhall Mokka currently start at £15,999.