Vauxhall reveals Geneva debutantes

Thursday, 9 February 2012 9:26 AM

2012 Vauxhall Astra VXR

The 2012 Vauxhall Astra VXR. Lovely pic. Lovely power... 276bhp


Vauxhall will give two new cars their world premiere in Geneva, a third model will be getting its first motor show appearance and there will also be a concept on show.

Ahead of a summer UK launch, the Mokka SUV and eagerly awaited Astra VXR hot hatch will be making their global debut in Geneva. Making its motor show debut will be the Insignia BiTurbo.

While the VXR should spark the interests of fans of the Astra GTE Mk 1, 2, and 3 and the outgoing VXR, the Mokka is a new direction for Vauxhall as it attempts to break into the growing small SUV market. The Mokka has a choice of front- and rear-wheel-drive, a design not before seen on previous Vauxhalls and a versatile interior.

There are three engines on offer with the Mokka, all mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The petrol engines are a 1.6-litre, 113bhp naturally aspirated engine or a 1.4-litre, 138bhp turbo with 148lb-ft of torque. Or go diesel with a 128bhp 1.7-litre turbo with 221lb-ft of torque.

It is packed with kit too. There are adaptive headlights, a high beam assist function and a front camera for lane departure warnings and to help prevent collisions. The Mokka is expected at Vauxhall's dealerships at the end of 2012.

On sale now and on display in Geneva is the Insignia BiTurbo, Vauxhall's most powerful diesel yet. If that doesn't excite you, the specs might. It pumps out 193bhp and 295lb-ft of torque yet emissions are just 129g/km. It comes with the five-door hatch and Sports Tourer bodies as well as four levels of trim and it is priced from £27,120 OTR.

The concept is Vauxhall/Opel's RAD e - it's a futuristic-looking e-bike with a 250-watt motor and a range between 37 and 90 miles. It has been designed to go places where cars and other electric vehicles might not be practical rather than as an all-out replacement for cars.

But, let's face it, everyone is really curious about the Astra VXR, the most powerful Astra ever with its 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection engine, 276bhp, 295lb-ft of torque and a top speed of 155mph. We've already told you what we can about the car to date and now can't wait to take it for a spin and tell you all about what it's like in the real world.

www.vauxhall.co.uk







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By Georgia Lewis

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