It seems our second stab at Opel’s mystery crossover, which it teased yesterday, was correct. The sheetmetal looked a tad too bulky to be a regular Mokka, which led us to believe a new Meriva was hiding behind the sheet.
Instead, it’s the Opel Mokka X, which trades its compact shapes for a wider, taller stance. The new Opel Mokka X is the first of many new crossovers to come, and introduces the “X” badging, signifying an emphasis on a more adventurous and rugged personality.
The more rugged personality is apparent right away in the redesigned front clip. Gone are the droopy headlamps from the current Mokka, with signature Opel “double-wing” LED ones replacing them. Opel’s latest design motif makes its way to the front grille, too. The double-winged horizontal grille presences a much sharper look, and less plastic trim gives way to a sculpted style.
The rear keeps things more or less the same than the traditional Opel Mokka, but double-winged LED taillamps help things look fresh.
The interior cabin, however, has seen plenty of reworking. The cabin takes plenty of design cues from the 2016 Opel Astra K, and the wider stance portrays an even higher seating position for a distinctly big-crossover feel. The center stack has been redesigned with ergonomics in mind, and is centered around either a seven- or eight-inch touchscreen unit. Many functions are now accessible through the touchscreen itself, too.
As for the mechanics, Opel has dropped a few new bits for the Mokka X. The 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which made its debut with the 2016 Astra, may now be had in the Mokka X alongside the newest generation of Whisper Diesel powerplants. The 1.4-liter also arrives with standard stop-start technology for optimal fuel economy. Each engine is mated to a new six-speed automatic gearbox.
All-wheel drive has also been beefed up for the Mokka X, with Opel touting its clever and efficient system. The AWD system’s electro magnetic multi-plate clutch will only power the front wheels when the system detects dry roads, keeping fuel consumption down as much as possible. Torque can be distributed 50/50 between the front and rear, should the conditions call for it, though.
Should you ask for the Opel Mokka X’s safety credentials, it will be happy to present them. The latest Adaptive Forward Lighting LEDs are on board, along with the Opel Eye camera to enhance a suite of active safety options such as Traffic Sign Assistance, Following Distance Indication and Forward Collision Alert.
And what would a new Opel product be without Opel OnStar? It’s alive and well, offering a WiFi hotspot and OnStar’s standard features and benefits from the car’s launch.
Opel will debut the Mokka X publicly at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, and the Mokka X will reach showrooms this coming fall. Does the Buick Encore have a bigger brother on the way? Seems to be so.