2020 Vauxhall Mokka X previewed
Futuristic Vauxhall GT X Experimental concept previews the next Mokka X, one of 12 cars in contention for the 2020 What Car? Reader Award...
On sale Late 2020 | Price from £22,000 (est)
There are certain concept car cliches which tell you you’re looking at a vehicle that will never go into production, and the Vauxhall GT X Experimental has the lot. Cameras instead of door mirrors: check. Rearward-opening back doors: yep. Wheels that literally try to reinvent the wheel: present and correct.
However, the fact that the GT X won’t see the inside of a showroom doesn’t mean it’s unimportant, because in addition to the standard car designer daydreaming, this small SUV previews the look of the new Vauxhall Mokka X – one of 12 cars nominated for the 2020 What Car? Reader Award. To see all of the contenders and have your say on which is most exciting, just head over to the voting site.
But why should you consider voting for the new Mokka X? Well, unlike today's Vauxhalls, it will feature a radical front-end design, dubbed 'Visor', which will eventually be used across the Vauxhall range. Said to be inspired by the eye-slot of a crash helmet, it sees the front grille stretched the full width of the car and the headlights incorporated within it.
Those who remember the Trans Am driven by Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit might be experiencing some déjà vu, and there’s a link to current Vauxhalls in the scythe-shaped daytime running lights. But overall there’s no denying that Visor is a striking look that should make future Vauxhalls instantly recognisable.
The rear of the GT X Experimental is also set to influence the brand’s next-generation of cars, including the Mokka X, with it mirroring the shape of the front grille.
The interior of the concept is mostly a flight of fancy, but the wide instrument panel – which does away with the need for a separate infotainment screen – is likely to become a standard Vauxhall feature.
Meanwhile, the wheels on the GT X look huge at first glance, but actually have a modest 17in diameter which allows higher-profile tyres and the potential for improved ride comfort. The illusion is created by the rim extending over the tyre, although it remains to be seen whether this will go beyond the concept stage.
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