Right after the 2013 Buick Encore was unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, GM revealed the European version of the vehicle, the 2013 Opel Mokka. Set to make its official debut in March at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the new vehicle can be fitted with an all-wheel drive technology that seamlessly shifts torque to the rear wheels when required for better traction and handling.
According to the manufacturer, the 2013 Mokka comes with a 1.6 liter naturally-aspirated engine delivering 85 kW/115 hp but also with the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine delivering 103 kW/140 hp and 200 Nm of torque, found also on the Buick Encore.
The Mokka also comes with a diesel engine for the European market: a 1.7 CDTI diesel engine delivering 93 kw/130 hp and 300 Nm of torque. Both the 1.4 Turbo and the 1.7 CDTI can be combined either with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions. The manual transmissions are equipped as standard with the fuel saving Opel Start/Stop system.
Moreover, the 2013 Mokka introduces new technologies to the SUV B-segment such as the Opel Eye front camera system, as well as a rear view camera. In addition to a generous loading space, the Mokka offers the fully integrated, latest generation Flex-Fix bicycle carrier that is exclusive to Opel. The Mokka provides up to 1,372 liter of loading space, as well as up to 19 storage locations.
Regarding the design the Opel Mokka shows a bold attitude with sculpted and elegant traits while retaining a sporty edge with muscular and athletic body lines. The design is completed by 18-inch wheels, which are standard in the Enjoy and Cosmo trim levels. Some of the standard technologies found on the Mokka include the Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the Traction Control (TC) as well as the Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Hill Descent Control (HDC) systems.
Opel brings its wealth of one-of-a-kind, German-developed and -engineered driving assistance systems into the world of sub-compact sports utility vehicles with its all-new Mokka SUV.
Technologies that promote comfort and safety and that are wholly exclusive to Opel are being made available to a broader segment of customers. These technologies include ESP Plus or Electronic Stability Program with Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control, which make drives in hilly terrain more comfortable. The traction control that’s standard in all Mokka models functions similarly to a limited slip differential. It keeps the wheel from spinning and it supports the SUV’s all-wheel drive system with special algorithms in order to improve handling.
Opel’s AFL+ or Adaptive Forward Lighting is also a key driver assistance system used in the Mokka. This one is based on bi-xenon headlamps (3rd generation). This system adapts its range and its intensity for the best possible lighting of country and urban roads and highways.
The system’s functions include increased high beam, adverse weather light, static bending light, daytime running light featuring LED, dynamic bending light, and High Beam Assist, which automatically adjusts the high beams so that other motorists would not be dazzled.
Additionally, the 2nd-generation Opel Eye camera at the front provides the basis for Traffic Sign Recognition, Forward Collision Alert or FCA, and Lane Departure Warning or LDW. FCA warns you with a loud alarm and a visual warning if a crash or a collision is about to happen. Apart from the LDW, which alerts you when you unintentionally stray from the lane, the engineers also developed and enhanced the Traffic Sign Recognition system.
What’s more, the front camera now recognizes rectangular road signs and not just the round ones. The cam is also able to capture dynamic LED displays. As a result, it can prevent accidents and road traffic violations. Additionally, there is a rear view camera with parking sensors at both front and rear that helps make parking easy.