After selling more than 500,000 units across Europe, Opel is freshening up its small crossover.
The new Mokka X will make its world premiere at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show on March 3rd, showing off its updated exterior design, new interior and new generation infotainment systems, therefor becoming one of the best-connected small all-terrain vehicles on the market.
Starting with the Mokka, the “X” designation will be used on future SUV and crossover vehicles that emphasize a more adventurous and rugged persona than the one displayed by more mainstream models.
Its new look features a wing-shaped horizontal grille and more sculpted surfaces with less plastic inserts, and th LED daytime running lights sport a double wing signature. Altogether, they give the Mokka X “a wider and more masculine stance”, or at least that’s what Opel says.
Another double wing signature is also featured in the tail lamps, which come with LED tech as an optional extra. The profile of the car remains similar to its predecessor model, though colors such as Amber Orange and Absolute Red are now added to the palette.
Inside, the Mokka X comes with a new dashboard similar in design to that of the all-new Astra, where the instrument panel features more horizontally shaped elements. The center stack has been redesigned around the 7- and 8-inch displays of the new-gen infotainment systems, making for a more refined design with less buttons, since many of the functions can now be accessed via touchscreen.
Alongside the 1.6-liter 136 PS diesel engine, Opel is offering the new-generation 152 PS 1.4-liter Direct Injection Turbo unit that debuted in the new Astra. This engine will also be available in combination with a six-speed automatic gearbox, start/stop technology and adaptive all-wheel drive that can send as much as 100% of the torque to the front wheels or simply do a 50/50 split between the front and rear axle, depending on road conditions.
Customers can opt for Adaptive Forward Lighting LED tech, which comes with nine different functions/lighting patterns replacing the older BiXenon ALFs. Other similar safety features include Traffic Sign Assistant, Following Distance Indication, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning activated automatically at speeds of over 60 km/h (37 mph).
The latest fad in new models, connectivity, is taken care off by the OnStar services, while two versions of the new-gen IntelliLink infotainment system will make their debut, allowing Opel’s marketing deparment to claim that this will be the best connected car in the sub-compact SUV segment.