Vauxhall announces new compact SUV

Car maker Vauxhall has announced its first compact SUV model, which will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show later this year.

The new car, dubbed the Mokka by its manufacturers, will be the company's first move into the UK's thriving mini-SUV market.

The Mokka will be similar in size to the Vauxhall Corsa, which is just over four metres long. It will also sport a four-wheel drive system, and a range of new interior and exterior technology.

Among the new features are expected to be a built-in bike rack, adaptive headlights and cameras that will alert the driver if the car drifts out of lane or passes a speed limit sign.

The car will initially be available with three different engine specs, two petrol and one diesel. The petrol options will be a 1.6-litre engine offering 116 bhp, and a 1.4-litre turbo pushing the car's power up to 138 bhp. The size of the engine could determine whichcar insurance group the car will be in.

While the diesel engines will offer better fuel economy, the petrol engines are likely to be cheaper to buy.

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