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2016 Opel Mokka X

2016 Opel Mokka X

After three years on the market, the Opel Mokka gains a new front end, a redesigned interior, a new engine, and a new name.

Launched in 2012, the Opel Mokka has become one of the most popular mini SUVs in Europe, selling more than 500,000 units as of 2016. Although the German crossover can’t be purchased in the U.S. with an Opel badge, the Mokka is actually available on this side of the pond with a Buick grille, a different name, and slightly different features. Around since January 2013, the Buick Encore is set to receive a facelift for the 2017 model year. But, while we have yet to see it in the metal, its European twin has already been unveiled ahead of its official debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

Unlike most facelifts, the Mokka’s is rather significant, with the crossover having received a completely restyled front fascia, an updated interior, and a new engine. More importantly, the nameplate gained an X after Mokka and will be sold as the Opel Mokka X from now on.

According to Opel, the "X" emphasizes "a more adventurous and rugged personality" and will be "the segment identifier for future Opel SUV and crossover vehicles." In other words, expect all upcoming Opel haulers to sport an "X" badge, regardless of their names. While Opel’s new naming strategy won’t affect Buick products, I do expect the Encore to borrow many of the Mokka X’s styling cues. Keep reading for more info on Opel’s new compact crossover.

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