Electric Vauxhall Mokka-e VXR due in 2022
VXR badge to return in 2022 on new Vauxhall Mokka EV
- Corsa-e, Mokka-e and Vivaro-e VXR models planned
- May not accelerate any quick than standard models
- High-performance Astra PHEV likely
A hot VXR model of the recently launched Vauxhall Mokka SUV will arrive next year. Vauxhall’s VXR badge has long been used on the fastest and most powerful petrol cars it sell but now the iconic letters will be used on electrified models instead.
Previous VXR models have been highly tuned, with far more power than the standard cars on which they were based. This time around, it seems the Vauxhall Mokka-e VXR will use the same 134bhp electric motor and 50kWh battery as the rest of the range.
Speaking to our sister site AutoExpress, Vauxhall’s managing director Stephen Norman said: “We will introduce a VXR Mokka early in 2022 and it will be with an electric engine.
”[In terms of] top speed on a circuit and out-and-out acceleration, I think we have got more than enough. But we can add performance to the car in other ways.
That suggests Vauxhall is planning to offer upgraded suspension, brakes and software changes on VXR models, to set them apart from the standard cars. With a 0-62mph time of nine seconds, there’s certainly room for quicker acceleration in the Mokka-e, but making it more powerful would likely affect the car’s 200-mile range.
The Vauxhall Mokka-e VXR will pack sportier styling, with bigger alloy wheels, a racier body kit and VXR badges all likely to feature - as previewed by our exclusive images. We expect the VXR badge will gain a new colour scheme to highlight the electrification. Inside, a VXR model would likely have sports seats, alloy pedals and unique graphics for the infotainment system.
At launch, it seems likely that the electric Mokka VXR will have few direct rivals. We know the Nissan Ariya and Skoda Enyaq will both be available as powerful, quick models, but these will be bigger and more expensive than the Mokka. It’ll be a similar size to the petrol-powered Ford Puma ST and Hyundai Kona N, although the electric technology on board means the Mokka VXR is likely to be more expensive. Prices will probably start at over £30,000.
Both the Vauxhall Corsa-e and the Vauxhall Vivaro-e van will also gain VXR models. A VXR-badged van might seem a strange combination, but the market for sporty-looking vans is clearly strong, given the wealth of aftermarket styling options for Ford Transits and Volkswagen Transporters.
It’s thought the VXR badge will also be used for hot plug-in hybrid models, with the next-generation Vauxhall Astra set to boast an electrified hot hatchback version. The most likely powertrain is the one from the Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid, which mates a 1.6-litre petrol engine with either one or two electric motors, giving 225 or 296bhp respectively.
If the Vauxhall Astra VXR uses the latter of these two options, it’ll have around 50bhp more than existing plug-in hybrid hot hatches, such as the Volkswagen Golf GTE.
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