Vauxhall is to bring back the VXR badge next year but with a different performance focus than before. Instead of high-power petrol-engined, electric and hybrid models will get the VXR treatment.
Its reported that the Vauxhall Mokka will be the first car to wear the badge in the brand’s current range. Stephen Norman Vauxhall’s MD confirmed to AutoExpress, saying “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.”
This suggests Vauxhall plans to offer upgrades to suspension, brakes and software on VXR models.
The Mokka-e VXR will likely get sportier styling, with bigger alloy wheels, sports seats, alloy pedals and unique graphics for the infotainment system along with aVXR Badge.
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 feature on the next-generation Vauxhall Astra set to boast a hybrid hot hatchback version. The most likely powertrain is the one from the Grandland X Hybrid, 1.6-litre petrol engine with either one or two electric motors, giving 225 or 296bhp respectively.