With the Opel Mokka X Opel has maintained all of the strengths of its predecessor while simultaneously making it better and more desirable than ever.
Recently Opel celebrated the official start of production of the new Mokka X in Zaragoza, Spain and saw Dr Karl-Thomas Neumann, Chairman of the Management Board of Opel Group, drive the first new Opel Mokka X off the production line.
The Opel Mokka has been a sales success for the Opel brand, with 600 000 finding happy new homes since its worldwide introduction in 2012. With stylish looks, a lively engine line-up along with the adventurous personality, unrivalled connectivity offering and an array of state-of-the-art technologies, it has become one of the most popular vehicles in its segment, both locally in South Africa, and globally.
Now, with the Mokka X, Opel has maintained all of the strengths of its predecessor while simultaneously making it better and more desirable than ever.
Design: Bold, Adventurous, Refined
Visual updates to the Mokka X’s design bring with it a far more solid and masculine stance. Its new front look now more closely resembles aligned Opel’s new design language including the ‘wing’ shaped horizontal grille treatment and the dominant, sharp double wing signature of the LED daytime running lights.
This theme is mirrored on the rear with another double wing signature featured in the optionally available LED tail lamps. New vibrant colours such as ‘Amber Orange’ and ‘Absolute Red’ along with the optional OPC Line Sport Pack which features extended front and rear bumper sections as well as side sills, adding to the OPC Line Sport Pack’s sportier nature.
On the inside, the Mokka X has received a makeover with a new instrument panel and central dashboard now redeveloped around the 7- and 8-inch colour touchscreen infotainment systems. Overall there are far fewer buttons in the cabin with most of the functions now accessible via the touchscreen systems, allowing for a simpler and more refined interior ambience.
As before, the Opel Mokka X can comfortably seat five adults with generous rear legroom and a plethora of ingenious (19 to be exact) storage options, front and rear, making longer trips more comfortable for all passengers. With the rear seats folded down, the Mokka allows for a full 1 371 litres of additional load space with a total load length of just under 1.5m.
Powering the Mokka X is Opel’s familiar 1.4-litre ECOTEC Direct Injection turbo petrol engine which debuted in the new Opel Astra. This diminutive engine might be small in nature, but it packs an impressive 112kW while consuming just 6.5l/100km.
The big news, and as the X designation suggests, is the addition of the optional intelligent adaptive all-wheel drive system. In everyday use, the system runs in an economical front-wheel-drive format, but when needed, the electronic, multi-disk clutch arrangement can seamlessly distribute power between the front and rear axle from 100:0 to 50:50. It is also activated when the vehicle is stationary to prevent wheel spin at take-off.
The all-wheel drive system is a particular positive safety addition when road condition becomes wet and slippery, and allows for an occasional redistribution of drivetrain power. Depending on vehicle status and road conditions, torque can be transferred to the rear axle, so even in short situations, for instance when hitting a pothole or an ice spot the additional torque in the rear wheels provides maximal traction and stability, thus increasing the feeling of safety and with it driving pleasure.
State-Of-The-Art Safety Additions
During the development of the Opel Mokka X, Opel engineers once again followed the company’s strategy of making innovative technology available such as Adaptive Forward Lighting with full LED headlights and the Opel Eye front camera system.
The new AFL LED system adapts the headlights lighting functions automatically to the driving situation so that the best possible light performance is given without blinding other drivers in the process. It features nine different functions such as town light, country light and tourist mode and replaces the previous generation BiXenon AFL+ system. Working in conjunction with AFL is a state-of-the-art Opel Eye front camera with higher resolution and increased processing power allowing for a far higher detection rate of the Traffic Sign Assistant system.
The Following Distance Indication (FDI) also utilises 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 alerting the driver of the situation.
At the heart of the Opel Mokka is an extraordinary body structure, Safetec ® Security System that is an active and passive safety system allowing for maximum security in any accident situation. The sturdy frame of the Opel Mokka incorporates side impact protection and impact absorbent bumper systems for the least possible damage in the event of a collision. In frontal collisions, the impact is reduced by three pre-defined crumple zones.
Just like the new Opel Astra, the Opel Mokka X will be available with all Opel OnStar services from its launch (depending on market). In addition, two versions of the new generation of the IntelliLink infotainment system will celebrate their SUV debut. IntelliLink will bring the world of smartphones to the car via both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone integration (where available).