Since its launch in 2012, the Opel Mokka has been a popular mini-SUV in Europe. Last year alone, the crossover sold 127,437 units. Since its launch, the model has sold over 500,000 units in Europe and this year the automaker is projecting even better results.
The model is not sold in the US at least not with an Opel Mokka moniker. In the US, it is sold as the 2016 Buick Encore. New for 2016, the model has received the letter “X” after Mokka which is aimed at emphasizing the vehicles adventurous and aggressive personality. We understand that this naming strategy won’t affect Buick.
The model has received a significant upgrading; keep reading for more information;
2016 Opel Mokka X Exterior
The exterior of the 2016 Opel Mokka X has received an extensive redesign. Actually, the new exterior look is significantly different from that of the outgoing model. Only the outgoing model’s compact proportions have been retained.
At the front, the grille has been redesigned with a sharply edged chrome frame. The beak-like chrome element has been done away with in favor of thin, wing-like inserts on either side of the Opel logo. The wings seem to run into the LED DRLs making it look sportier. The bumper has also been modified and now looks elegant, unlike the previous model’s Spartan design. The lower grille features 3 horizontal bars with black inserts. The inserts extend around the modified fog lights.
Its side panels are unchanged but the wheels have been hooked up with a new design. At the rear, the Mokka X sports new cluster patterns for taillights and there are also thinner lights above the bumper. The Mokka X also gets two new exterior colors which are named Absolute Red and Amber Orange.
2016 Opel Mokka X Interior
The interior has also undergone a significant redesign. You will notice a completely new dash which is adopted from the new Astra hatchback. There is also a new center stack and modified A/C vents. The infotainment system screen is larger than that of the outgoing model. The screen has also been moved from the top of the dashboard and is now mounted between the cabin’s center-mounted A/C vents. This makes the dashboard look more cohesive.
The center stack is cleaner and uncluttered with less buttons. Due to the repositioning of the infotainment screen, the center stack has been pushed closer to the shifter. The steering wheel looks unchanged. However, the instrument cluster behind the wheel has been upgraded with a larger information section in the middle. It is more legible too. Door panels look to have been upgraded and look more refined.
Tech-wise, the new Mokka X 2016 features an updated IntelliLink system which integrates Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. It also features OnStar services which are customized for the European market. The vehicle also features keyless entry and ignition that allows the driver to gain entry and start the engine via the push of a button.
It also features ergonomic AGR front seats, a dual zone climate control system, a heated steering wheel, an electric sunroof, and a satellite navigation system. It also comes with a 6-speaker CD400 unit which features CD/MP3 player and AM/FM radio. Other features include USB connectivity, audio streaming and RDS with traffic programming voice recognition.
For safety, it features stability and traction control, tire-pressure monitoring system, hill start assist, hill descent control, a rearview camera, headlights high beam assist, smart seatbelt reminders as well as front and side-curtain airbags among others.
The vehicle will be powered by two drive-trains in the European market. The first engine is a 1.6 L 4-cylinder diesel mill which is tuned to produce 108 hp for the entry model and 134 hp for those in need of more power.
Moving over to the petrol engine, the Mokka X will feature a 1.4 L 4-cylinder gasoline engine which is also found in the ASTRA. The engine is capable of producing 150 hp. It is paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission system that channels power to an adaptive AWD system.
The AWD system works together with an electro-magnetic multi-plate clutch which deactivates rear wheels on dry roads leaving only the front wheels. This helps economize on fuel.
Price and release date
No official price has been set by the automaker as of this writing. However, we believe the model will be slightly expensive than the current Opel Mokka which starts at $ 21,300. Due to the extensive redesign, expect a starting price of around $ 22,500. Its American twin, the Buick Encore will be released later on towards the end of 2016.