It’s overhaul time for Opel’s small SUV, as the Mokka becomes the Mokka X. The newly facelifted car makes its debut at the Geneva motor show in March, before going on sale later in 2016.
Opel describes it as a new ‘segment identifier’ for its SUV and crossover models, so expect it to reappear on all of its future off-road flavoured lines. The next-generation Zafira and Meriva, for example, will be styled and marketed more as crossovers than MPVs. Opel Meriva X, anyone?
A new grille and lights bring the Mokka up to date with Opel’s latest design chops, with ‘double-wing’ LED running lights within the headlamps and a similar design for the tail-lights. All-LED lights are available, replacing the old car’s xenons and incorporating clever adaptive tech to bend, shape and block their beams.
On the inside there’s a brand new dashboard, much like that of the new Astra. Button count is down, and new touchscreens in, with a choice of 7in or 8in ‘IntelliLink’ systems, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. What about new engines? Well, the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol from the new Astra joins the range, combined with all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic gearbox. Vauxhall quotes 6.6l/100km combined and 154g/km CO2.
Otherwise the range continues as before. The new Opel Mokka X should go on sale some time in 2016, with more details announced following its debut at the Geneva motor show where it’ll sit alongside the dramatic GT Concept sports car on the stand.