While on the other side of the Atlantic the Feds discovered that most small SUVs are equipped with unsatisfactory headlamps, in the UK Vauxhall is taking a step forward by introducing LED adaptive lighting to the Mokka X and Zafira range.
Available on the options list for both models, the Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) is similar to the new Astra’s matrix system and sport nine functions, each designed for a different road situation. The Country Light, available at speeds above 34 mph (55 km/h), is aimed at driving in rural areas, illuminating the driving lane and preventing dazzling oncoming traffic.
Cornering at speeds under 25 mph (40 km/h) will automatically activate the Cornering/Curve Light, which switches on an additional LED in the left or right headlamp, depending on the moving direction of the car. This engages depending on the steering angle or turn signal and it’s switched off once signaling stops and the steering is returned to the straight-ahead position.
Another function, called Town Light, works at speeds under 34 mph (55 km/h) and keeps the beam closer to the area near the car, widening it at the sides, while the cornering lights operate at a reduced intensity. Driving or reversing into a parking space will activate the Maneuvering Light, which illuminates the area around the vehicle and remains active for 20 seconds after disengaging the reverse gear or until the vehicle is driven faster than 4 mph (6 km/h) in a forward gear.
Brits looking to take their new Zafira or Mokka X equipped with the optional LED headlights across the border should know that Vauxhall has added a Tourist Mode, for countries where driving is on the other side of the road. Completing the list of AFL LED functions are the Stop Mode Light, which activates itself when the vehicle’s stop/start system has stopped the engine, the Daytime Running Lights, High Beam and High Beam Assist.