2016 Opel Mokka X

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;

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Engine Specs

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.

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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.

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Competition

The Nissan
Juke and Renault Captur will be 2016 Opel Mokka X biggest
rivals. The likes of Dacia Duster and Peugeot
2008 will also pose some rivalry.

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