Geneva 2012: Opel and Vauxhall Make a Mokka out of the Buick Encore

General Motors has set its eyes on the small crossover market with the new Mokka that will be sold in Britain under the Vauxhall brand and the rest of the continent as an Opel. The European version of the North American Buick Encore, which made its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show, will compete against the Nissan Juke and the soon-to-be revealed in production form, Ford EcoSport. The 4.28 meter long B-segment crossover has seating for five passengers and will be offered with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. At launch, there will be three available engines including a 1.6-liter naturally-aspirated petrol producing 115PS (113bhp), a 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol rated at 140PS (138bhp) and a 1.7-liter turbo diesel with 130PS (128bhp), which is expected to be the most popular in the range. Both the 1.4 Turbo and the 1.7 CDTI can be combined with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions. Look for the Mokka to arrive in European showrooms before the end of 2012.