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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Opel Mokka X.

  • 2016 Opel Mokka X
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    150
  • Displacement:
    1.4 L
  • Price:
    € 20000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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There are brand-new headlamps that are narrower, look more aggressive, and feature a double wing LED signature at the top.

It may seem hard to believe coming from a vehicle designed by Opel, but the Mokka’s facelift is actually worthy of being called a redesign. At least when it comes to the rear fascia, which has very little in common with the previous model outside of its compact proportions. There are brand-new headlamps that are narrower, look more aggressive, and feature a double wing LED signature at the top. The grille has also been redesigned. The chrome frame has sharper edges and, more importantly, it no longer sports the beak-like chrome element. Instead, there are thin, wing-shaped inserts on each side of the Opel badge. The wings seem to run into the headlamps’ LED DRLs, which gives the crossover a sportier stance.

Opel also meddled with the bumper. Elegantly sculpted surfaces replaced the previous model’s more spartan design, while the foglamps are no longer integrated into plastic inserts. The lower grille has three well defined horizontal bars with black inserts extending around the redesigned foglamps.

The side panels remained unchanged from the original Mokka (the facelift does include new wheel designs though), but the rear fascia gained new cluster patters for the taillights and thinner lights just above the bumper.

On top of the more athletic design, the Mokka X also comes with two new vibrant exterior colors dubbed Amber Orange (pictured above) and Absolute Red.

Interior

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Much like the front fascia, the interior also received a significant makeover. There’s a completely new dashboard inspired by the new Astra hatchback, revised A/C vents, and more importantly, a new center stack. The infotainment screen, which is larger than the previous unit, no longer sits atop the dashboard. Instead, it is now integrated between the center-mounted A/C vents, giving the dash a more cohesive appearance.

The infotainment screen, which is larger than the previous unit, no longer sits atop the dashboard.

The repositioned screen pushed the center stack, which is significantly cleaner button-wise, closer to the gear shifter. The steering wheel appears to be identical to the previous one, but the instrument cluster behind it was updated. The layout is similar to the pre-facelift Mokka, but the information section in the middle is now larger and more legible. The door panels and the seats have also been upgraded, but they’re still closely related to their predecessors.

On the tech side, updates include IntelliLink with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto connectivity, and OnStar services tailored for the European market. The crossover also gained standard Keyless Open and Start. which enables the driver to unlock and start the car with the push of a button.

Drivetrain

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The new Mokka X will be launched with two engines in Europe. The lineup will include a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder, diesel available in two flavors, an entry-level version rated at 110 PS (108 horsepower) and a more powerful variant with 136 PS (134 horsepower) on tap. The oil burner is part of Opel’s "whisper diesel" range and was first introduced on the Mokka in late 2014, when it replaced the 1.7-liter CDTI with 130 PS (128 horses).

On the gasoline front, the crossover will get the new 1.4-liter four-pot that debuted in the Astra. The four-banger cranks out 152 PS (150 horsepower) and mates to a brand-new, six-speed automatic transmission and an adaptive all-wheel drive system.

The latter works in conjunction with an electro-magnetic multi-plate clutch and deactivates on dry road conditions, leaving only the front wheels to drive the vehicle forward. This enhances fuel consumption, which, according to Opel, should be only 6.6 liters per 100 km with the Start/Stop function activated.

Safety

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The Mokka X comes with new safety features. First up is Opel’s new Adaptive Forward Lighting LED headlamps. The technology adapts the lighting patterns automatically to the driving situation, providing the best possible light performance without glaring oncoming drivers. It has nine different functions, including town light, country light, tourist mode, and a curve and cornering function.

The Opel Eye front camera has also been updated with a higher resolution and increased image processing power.

The Opel Eye front camera has also been updated with a higher resolution and increased image processing power. Due to the improved camera and the optional navigation support, the enhanced Traffic Sign Assistant of the Mokka X has an increased detection rate. The Following Distance Indication (FDI) uses the front camera to detect moving vehicles, while the Forward Collision Alert is now enhanced with a reflective LED Alert Display. When the distance between the car and the vehicle ahead diminishes quickly, red LEDs reflect in the windscreen and an audible warning alerts the driver that braking is necessary. The Lane Departure Warning is activated automatically at speeds over 60 km/h.

Other active and passive safety features include front and side airbags, belt pretensioners, a seat belt reminder, ESC, and Speed Assistance.

Prices

Pricing for the Mokka X has yet to be revealed, but given that the current model is priced from €18,990 (about $21,300) in Germany, the facelifted crossover should be priced around €20,000 (about $22,450) before options.

Competition

Nissan Juke

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About the same size as the Mokka, the Juke is a more exotic proposition due to its not so conventional design. Based on the Nissan B platform that underpins a wide array of Nissans and Renaults, including the Clio, the Juke can be had with various four-cylinder engines. The base 1.6-liter cranks out 94 PS, but the Japanese also offer a 117 PS version. Then there’s the 1.6 DIG-T with 190 PS and the Nismo-badged model with 200 PS. Finally, the diesel variant using the ubiquitous 1.5-liter turbodiesel comes with 110 PS on tap. Unlike the Mokka, the Juke is available in the U.S., where it retails from $20,250. In Germany, pricing starts from €15,550.

Find out more about the Nissan Juke here.

Renault Captur

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Developed on the same Nissan B platform, the Renault Captur is newer to the mini SUV market, having been launched in 2013. Sporting a design that’s more similar to the Mokka, it shares the same diesel with the Juke, but feature two different gasoline units. The base model uses a 0.9-liter, three-cylinder rated at 90 PS and a 1.2-liter four-banger with 116 PS. The 1.5 dCI oil burner cranks out 90 PS. Even though it’s less powerful than the Mokka and the Juke, the Captur is arguably the most fuel efficient. Consumption is estimated to be as low as five liters per 100 km for gasoline models and as low as 3.7 liters per 100 km for diesel variants. Pricing for the Captur starts from €15,490 (about $17,380).

Read more about the Renault Captur here.

Conclusion

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As far as styling goes, there is a lot to like about the new Mokka X. The crossover’s proportions were improved dramatically thanks to the new front fascia, and the Astra-inspired interior feels modern and more upscale, while the new color options finally allow customers to order a flashier exterior. Sure, Opel could’ve done something about that uninspiring rear section, but the overall result is definitely appealing and brings more than you can expect from an Opel facelift. There’s good news in the engine department as well. Now that the Germans have finally ditched the slow and inefficient 1.6-liter gasoline powerplant, the Mokka might actually stand a chance against competition from the Juke and Captur. Hopefully, the Buick Encore will get similar updates here in the U.S.

  • Leave it
    • * Rear end virtually unchanged
    • * Plenty of competitors to choose from
    • * Not so fuel efficient when compared to the Captur

Press Release

Ever since its launch in 2012, the Opel Mokka has gone from strength to strength. With its perfect size (4.28 meters long), its sporty look and elevated seating position, the sub-compact SUV appeals to the zeitgeist and has already been ordered over 500,000 times across Europe making it one of the most popular models in its segment. Now the new Opel Mokka X looks to add to this popularity. It will celebrate its world premiere at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show (March 3 to 13, 2016) and will hit the market this fall with a fresh iconic exterior design, a new interior and outstanding, new generation infotainment systems making it one of the best-connected all-terrain eye-catchers on the market. Alongside the recently launched new generation 1.6 “whisper diesels”, the new Mokka X will also extend its gasoline offer with a new generation 1.4-liter Direct Injection Turbo which will be combined with an automatic transmission, Start/Stop and all-wheel drive.

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Bold and adventurous attitude

The Mokka could be labelled as one of the symbols of Opel’s successful comeback in recent years. The sub-compact SUV has attracted many new customers to the brand who are attracted by the body style of a SUV combined with a stylish design, a sporty, adventurous flair, and genuine off-road capabilities. The new Mokka X will be the first carline to introduce the segment identifier for future Opel SUV and crossover vehicles with the “X” emphasizing a more adventurous and rugged personality as the one displayed by more traditional body styles.

The Mokka X’ new exterior design displays a bold attitude. Its new front look is aligned with Opel’s new design including a wing-shaped horizontal front grille and the dominant, sharp double wing signature of the LED daytime running lights. The front fascia also gets more precisely and elegantly sculpted surfaces, with less plastic inserts. This gives the Mokka X a wider, more solid and masculine stance. It is continued at the rear with another double wing signature also features in the tail lamps – optionally available with LED technology. The body side retains its sculpted and elegant traits and sporty edge with muscular and athletic lower body lines, energized by Opel’s typical ‘blade’ that sweeps upwards to the rear. New vibrant colors such as ‘Amber Orange’ or ‘Absolute Red’ add to the desirability of the Mokka X.

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On the inside, the Mokka X’ ambiance has been totally redefined. A completely new dashboard inspired by the new Astra makes its debut. The new instrument panel is organized around more horizontally shaped elements. It looks both simpler and purer, as well as sharper and more precise in its execution. The center stack has been redeveloped completely around the 7 and 8-inch touchscreens of the new generation infotainment systems. It now impresses with refined elegance and a purer design with less buttons – many functions are now accessible via the capacitive touchscreens.

New six-speed automatic with adaptive all-wheel drive

After the introduction of the new generation 1.6 “whisper diesel” units with 81 kW/110 hp and 100 kW/136 hp, the powertrain portfolio of the Opel SUV will now be extended on the gasoline side. The new generation 112 kW/152 hp 1.4-liter Direct Injection Turbo that recently made its debut in the new Astra will be available in combination with a six-speed automatic transmission, Start/Stop and adaptive all-wheel drive (CO2 emissions and fuel consumption combined according to preliminary data: 154 g/km, 6.6 l/100 km). The all-wheel drive technology with an electro magnetic multi-plate clutch is clever and efficient. When the road surface is dry, the front wheels drive the vehicle forward (except when starting when the car is in AWD) meaning that fuel consumption remains low. Depending on the road conditions the range automatically and seamlessly varies from 100 percent front-wheel drive on dry road surfaces benefitting fuel consumption to a maximum distribution of torque of 50 percent on the front and rear axle, for example when the roads are covered in a thick film of water.

AFL LED headlamps and new generation Opel Eye front camera increase safety

In addition to the AWD system, the Opel engineers have once again followed Opel’s strategy of making innovative technology available to a broad group of buyers by introducing Adaptive Forward Lighting LED headlamps. The new AFL LED system adapts the headlights lighting patterns automatically to the driving situation so that the best possible light performance is given without glaring other drivers. It features nine different functions/lighting patterns such as town light, country light, tourist mode, a curve and cornering function, backing-up /maneuvering light and a stop mode light (eco). This LED system replaces the previous BiXenon AFL. On one hand, LED features a light quality that allows seeing the ‘true’ colors of things, to the benefit of visual comfort. In addition, as there is no mechanical operation within the lamp module, it is faster and more accurate in its reaction, while also being highly reliable over time.

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Furthermore, the new generation of the Opel Eye front camera with a higher resolution and an increased image processing power has a positive impact on all the functions it supports, including the High Beam Assist of the AFL LED lighting system. Due to the improved camera and the optional navigation support, the enhanced Traffic Sign Assistant of the Mokka X has a further increased detection rate. The Following Distance Indication (FDI) utilizes the front camera to detect moving lead vehicles, and the Forward Collision Alert is now enhanced with a reflective LED Alert Display. When the distance between the car and the vehicle ahead diminishes too quickly, red LEDs reflect in the windscreen. In addition, an audible caution alerts the driver that braking is necessary. The Lane Departure Warning is activated automatically at speeds over 60 km/h and warns the driver, in case the lane if left unintentionally with a telltale in the instrument panel and an audible warning.

Best connected and most comfortable car in the segment

Just like the new Opel Astra, the Mokka X will be available with all Opel OnStar services from its launch. In addition, two versions of the new generation of the IntelliLink infotainment system will celebrate their debut in the Mokka X. IntelliLink will bring the world of smartphones to the car via both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone projection.

Apart from being the best connected car in the sub-compact SUV segment the new Mokka X can also claim to be one of the most comfortable. Like in most Opel models, the AGR (Campaign for Healthier Backs lead by independent back health experts) tested and certified ergonomic seats, unique in the segment, make long highway journeys just as enjoyable as excursions into rough terrain. The Mokka X also receives a further comfort feature: Keyless Open and Start. The driver does not need to actively press the button on his car key to open or lock his car. He just keeps the key in his pocket or bag and presses the small button on any door handle to enable or disable access to the passenger and cargo compartments of his vehicle. The vehicle’s start / ignition interface is also keyless.

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With its new design, complemented powertrain lineup, proven off-road capabilities, outstanding connectivity offer and its outstanding comfort features the new Mokka X comes with the perfect prerequisites to continue the winning ways of its predecessor, which, amongst others, won two “All-wheel Drive Car of the Year” awards and two “Company Car of the Year” awards in Germany.

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