Opel’s sister brand Vauxhall has won Top Gear’s 2021 “Design of the Year” for the new Mokka. The Mokka is the first model from the brand’s lineup to feature the Opel/Vauxhall new bold and pure design language, that includes the all-new “Vizor” front end and Pure Panel interior.
At the Top Gear 2021 Awards, the magazine praised the Vauxhall Mokka for its assertive design that immediately marks it out on the road. The Mokka and the all-electric Mokka-e feature the new Vizor front end that integrates LED headlights, “wing” signature lights, and the all-new brand emblem into one, sweeping “glass-like” module. The front end also houses a number of driver assistance and safety technologies, including forward collision alert and speed sign recognition.
The new brand logo can also be found on the rear of the Mokka, with the short rear overhang complemented by LED tail lamps and the Mokka logo stretched boldly across the tailgate.
“The Mokka has to be 2021’s most satisfying looking new car in a field that includes a bunch of supercars and fresh work from some heavy hitters,” said Jack Rix, Editor of Top Gear. The basics here are super strong – the stance, proportions, surfacing, and graphics are all undeniable. It’s assertive without looking angry, friendly without being cartoonish.”
The bold and pure design language continues inside, with the Mokka to also be the first model to feature the brand’s new digital Pure Panel. A single panel contains both the digital instrument display and the central touchscreen. There are also separate buttons for important, regular-use functions, making operation intuitive and allowing drivers to better concentrate on the road.
With a drag coefficient of just 0.32 Cd, the Mokka is not only stylish but also one of the most aerodynamically efficient, with a 16% reduction in drag at motorway speeds compared to the predecessor.
The Mokka is available as an all-electric model, the Mokka-e, which features a 50 kWh battery and 100 kW (136 horsepower) electric motor, and can achieve up to 338 kilometers (210 miles) on a single charge (WLTP). The Mokka-e – which went on sale in 2020 and most recently won the famous “Golden Steering Wheel 2021” – also supports up to 100 kW fast charging, with an 80% charge taking just 30 minutes.
The Design of the Year award from Top Gear is also extended to recognize the wider design revival of the brand, which looks ahead to the forthcoming all-new Astra that will arrive on the roads in early 2022, as well as the Manta GSe ElektroMOD. The Manta GSe ElektroMOD was revealed earlier in the year as an all-electric “restomod” to celebrate 50 years of the Opel Manta.
“We are thrilled to hear that Top Gear has recognized the new Mokka as the recipient of its Design of the Year award. The Mokka features our new, bold, and pure design language that will form the basis of all our models going forward,” said Mark Adams, Opel/Vauxhall Vice President Design. “Receiving such high praise from a brand like Top Gear suggests our new design language is sitting well with both customers and critics, and we are excited to share more of our upcoming models in the future.”
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