Opel has announced its highly successful Mokka SUV will receive the automaker’s 136 horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel engine from the 2015 model year onward. The 1.6-liter “whisper diesel” engine will replace the current 130 horsepower 1.7-liter diesel on offer in the Mokka, simultaneously improving both the power output and fuel economy of the subcompact, Opel says.
The 1.6-liter CDTI engine is part of Opel’s line of new all-aluminium diesel engines. It will propel the Mokka from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 9.9 seconds and its 320 Nm of torque on offer (236 lb-ft) lends to mid-range performance, helping it make the transition from 80 to 120 km/h (49 mph to 74 mph) in fifth gear in just 9.9 seconds.
In addition to improving performance, the 1.6-liter CDTI will help make the Mokka more efficient and friendlier to the environment. Coupled with Opel’s six-speed manual transmission and a standard start/stop system, the 1.6-liter Mokka will return 57 US mpg on the combined cycle while also meeting Europe’s more strict Euro 6 emissions standards.
The 1.6-liter CDTI Mokka is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations, although the available six-speed automatic transmission is only offered in conjunction with front-wheel drive models. Opel says orders for the Mokka with the 1.6-liter CDTI engine will begin later this year following the car’s debut at the Paris Motor Show in early October. It is expected to arrive at German dealerships in early 2015.