2012 Geneva Motor Show: Opel Mokka combines attractive design and upscale functions

Article by Christian A., on March 6, 2012

Opel introduces the Mokka, which demonstrates the automaker's guarantee to integrate great design with innovative and luxurious functionalities, making them available to a broader market segment. Even with its 4.28 meter measurement, the Mokka can seat five people generously in a higher position. It comes in three efficient engines -- the gasoline 1.6 liter (85 kW/115 hp), the 1.4 l Turbo (103 kW/140 hp) and the 1.7 CDTI (96 kW/130 hp).

Innovative technologies are brought to the SUV B-segment to boost the driving safety level. Among these are the Driver Assistance Systems, which are based on the Opel Eye front camera system. Other cutting-edge features are the AGR certified seats, a rear view camera and the unique FlexFix bicycle carrier.

The Mokka's driving dynamics have been customized to suit the needs of city lifestyle packed with all the advantages of off-road competence. For this reason, the vehicle can also be equipped with the all-wheel drive (AWD) technology (aside from the front-wheel drive or FWD) for even better handling and traction.

This AWD technology is smart, efficient and inexpensive as it enables the vehicle to change from a tough urban SUV to a capable off-roader. The entire AWD system has a weight of 65 kilograms only to maintain efficient fuel economy.

On asphalted roads and other high-grip driving conditions, the Mokka is in the FWD mode with all the torque on the front wheels to ensure good fuel economy. However, torque is seamlessly transferred to the rear from the front axle depending on driving conditions and traction in order to enhance handling and ride experience. On the other hand, the torque distribution between back and front is up to 50-50 when driving on very slippery roads.

In general, the driver benefits from a system that automatically adjusts to the prevailing conditions on the road. All Mokka variants come with the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and the Traction Control (TC) as standard features that boost driving experience. The Hill Descent Control (HDC) and the Hill Start Assist (HSA) systems are also available. They enhance driving safety and comfort in downhill or uphill terrain.

The new sports utility vehicle from Opel, dubbed as the Mokka, brings with it many of the strengths that the brand is known for. These are sporting an emotional design, showing the flexibility of a daily drive, and excellent driving dynamics.

Through this latest offering, the brand is able to bring a new aspect when it comes to the compact SUV segment especially with its design principle of using sculptural artistry and combining it with German precision. This is not all as under the Mokka, Opel has managed to increase its loading capacity by adding in a bike carrier system, which is the second generation FlexFix. This carrier system is always on board considering that this has been incorporated to the bumper in the rear.

While exclusive to the brand, this is offered as an option. There is however a standard version of this system that is mounted as well and can be loaded with one bicycle that weighs at most 30 kgs.

However, a second bicycle can be added, raising load capacity to 60 kgs through a clip-on adaptor. It is interesting however to know that even if the FlexFix system is fully loaded, it is possible to tilt it so that the tailgate can be easily opened. This allows occupants to quickly access what they have on the luggage compartment. Since the rear bench allows for a 60-40 fold, it creates that extra space on the loading bay.

All of these mean that the Mokka is a good option for people who follow high standards or lead an active lifestyle. On the interior, the Mokka is fitted with ergonomic seats with the head-rests being 4-way adjustable. Proof of this is that the seats themselves have been given a certification by Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V. (AGR), experts when it comes to healthy backs. Even the 8-way adjustable seat for the driver has been certified by AGR as well.

This is the first time that a seat in a vehicle belonging to the SUV-B has earned that approval. For Opel, this is an outstanding achievement as the certification meant being able to meet a total of 10 criteria. Categories include achieving four-way lordosis support while the contours of the seatback would have to fit the exact curve of the spine. Other adjustments available for the ergonomic seats are the thigh extension, additional lumber support, and tilting.

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