- 600 000 units sold globally since 2014 introduction
- First of Opel’s coming ‘X’-badged vehicles
- Best-connected SUV in segment, says GM SA
JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Opel’s compact SUV, the Mokka, has had a pre-Christmas makeover – perhaps, the automaker asks, the German-engineered product could be a king-sized stocking-filler?
The car was launched in South Africa 18 months earlier.
More than 600 000 have been sold – nearly 2700 of them here in South Africa – but now the name has been given an alphabetic makeover: the cars are now badged Mokka X.
Strictly, the MOKKA should be all-capitals because Opel thinks that gives the car “an even bolder approach”. Equally strictly, seeing as it is on the tail, it should be a bolder departure, but we won’t quibble here on The Corner – we just don’t use ALLCAPS because it ain’t our style and anyway, it looks wrong.
HEADING FOR RUNNER-UP
Opel also calls it “an urban warrior” (as do other automakers for their products) but we don’t use that either, mainly because it’s hugely over-used but also because there’s enough violence on our road already.
Anyway, GM’s sub-Saharan boss Ian Nicholls said at the cars’ launch in Cape Town (we think, going by the images and rocks) that he believed the car would help to take Opel to runner-up spot in car sales in Europe by 2022, which is really too far away for us to diarise for checking.
He added: “Part of this (hoped for?) success will be a renewed focus on bringing competitive products to market. The Mokka X is the 13th new or refreshed Opel to be launched in South Africa since 2012.”
The car, Opel says, is intended for buyers seeking something safe, family-orientated and powerful. Also tempting, The Corner reckons, is Opel’s claim that the Mokka X “merges functionality, connectivity, technology and safety in a vehicle only 4.28m long, bumper to bumper”.
The automaker sees the main change to the car – apart from the name, of course – is the revised headlight clusters/daytime running lights.
The 1.4-litre 103kW / 200Nm mechanicals (given that the badging is 1.4T, we’ll guess that’s turbocharged) are unchanged, as is the four-model range of Enjoy and Cosmo choices in either manual or auto. For those of you who have a fixation on cars’ 0-100km acceleration time, it’s 9.8sec (10.7 for the auto).
Top speed, which like most of these claims by every automaker, is a purely academic 191km/h. Depending on model, the ‘combined cycle’ fuel-consumption ranges from 5.9-6.5 litres/100km.
The cabin trim has also had a makeover. Each model has black upholstery and the facia assembly is from the latest Opel Astra but the Cosmo now has “a high-end infotainment system” and display with satnav as an option. GM SA believes the car is the best-connected compact SUV in South Africa.
The Cosmo can also be specified with a premium lighting package which adds rear diode clusters, auto-levelling headlights, and cornering lights.
Dominic Rimmer, product plannng boss at GM SA, commented in the media release: “The Mokka is now a worthy contender in a segment experiencing growth all over the world. In South Africa it has attracted a new kind of buyers: those who seek a fashionable sub-compact SUV which is exciting to drive.
“We remain bullish about the Opel brand. From the beginning of 2016 to 2020 the brand will have introduced nearly 30 new models worldwide.”
MOKKA X PRICES
1.4T Enjoy – R317 500
1.4T Enjoy a/t – R328 400
1.4T Cosmo – R357 400
1.4T Cosmo a/t – R368 100
Enjoy R4.0 IntelliLink – R6700
Cosmo sunroof – R6500
Cosmo Navi 900 IntelliLink – R10 700
Cosmo premium Sight & Light pack – R25 000
The Mokka X will be delivered with a five-year or 120 000km (whichever comes first) warranty and a five-year or 90 000km service plan.
Service intervals 15 000km.