- Mokka X in showrooms after Geneva show
- ‘Bold and muscular’ exterior, ‘elegant’ interior’
- OnStar, CarPlay, Android connectivity
RUSSELSHEIM, Germany – The upcoming Mokka X, according to Opel, builds on the popularity of the Mokka with a freshened interior and updated exterior, a new powertrain and the addition of OnStar and Apple CarPlay.
It will be the first model to introduce the “X” segment identifier for still-to-come sport utility and crossover vehicles.
“In the expanding (in Europe) compact SUV segment,” Opel says, “the Mokka has proved hugely popular with more than 120 000 sales in the UK since launch.
“It was No.1 in its segment in 2015 and in 2016 has strengthened its position as top in its segment, outselling rivals for fleet and retail registrations.”
The competitive compact SUV segment, according to Opel, is still growing with the Mokka competing against Nissan’s Juke and Qashqai, Renault’s Captur and Ford’s Kuga.
“It is an appealing alternative,” Opel says, “thanks to its bold, muscular new exterior, elegant interior, and its cutting-edge connectivity.”
The Mokka X’s nose, the automaker says, gives the Mokka X a wider, more solid and muscular stance “while athletic lines at the rear and along the sides of the vehicle retain its sporty “.
The cabin has a new facia taken from the latest Opel Astra, the automaker says. “The revised instrument panel looks simpler, sharper and more precise in execution. The centre stack has been re-eveloped around 18 and 20cm touchscreens.”
With the new model comes a new power train that incorporates a turbocharged, 1.4-litre, direct-injection, petrol unit. It joins the 1.6 ‘Whisper Diesel’ introduced in 2015.
The 1.4-litre tTurbo comes with either a manual or six-speed auto transmission and adaptive all-wheel drive and start/stop. The petrol engine can make almost 30km/litre and CO2 emissions of 140g/km.
The all-wheel drive technology, Opel says, “is clever and efficient”.
“The front-wheel or all-wheel drive settings adapt automatically based on the road conditions to the benefit of fuel consumption.”
Opel engineers, in addition to AWD, have made more technology available to a broad group of customers: it’s called adaptive forward lighting but is nothing new to automotive design. It uses diode headlights which adapt to oncoming traffic to reduce dazzle.
Post-collision, assuming crash bags have inflated, the Mokka will contact its OnStar service to establish if emergency services are required. If there is no response emergency services will be sent to the precise location.
The Mokka X is also a 4G LTE mobile wi-fi hotspot that lets as many as seven devices – smartphones or tablets – to connect simultaneously.