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

Article by Christian Andrei, 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.

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