Opel/Vauxhall Mokka X – B-segment SUV gets facelift


The 2016 Geneva Motor Show will see the world premiere of the Opel/Vauxhall Mokka X, the facelifted version of the German B-segment crossover. The X suffix – which will be introduced on future Opel SUVs to differentiate them from the rest of the range – brings along a number of exterior revisions, a revamped cabin, added technology and new engines.

Outside, the Mokka gets an new face with a wing-shaped grille, rectangular headlights with LED daytime running lights (adaptive LED headlights optional) and a cleaner bumper design with less plastic inserts. The tail lights have also been redesigned with optional LED lighting, while the bumper has been reprofiled with slimmer rear fog lights. New colours like Amber Orange and Absolute Red have been added to the palette.

The interior has been considerably refreshed with a completely new dashboard – inspired by the one in the new Astra – with a sweeping horizontal design and in-vogue dash stitching. Keyless Open & Start, previously unavailable on the Mokka, also becomes an option.


With the facelift, the Mokka gains an infusion of new technology, such as the full suite of Opel OnStar communications services. There are also new Intellilink infotainment systems featuring seven- or eight-inch capacitative touchscreens and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, enabling the centre console to have fewer buttons.

Also introduced is a new, higher-resolution Opel Eye front camera with increased processing power, improving the car’s driver assist systems. The Traffic Sign Assistant has been enhanced with an increased detection rate, while the Forward Collision Alert system now gets a reflective LED Alert Display that warns the driver with flashing red light. There’s Following Distance Indication (FDI) and Lane Departure Warning, too.

Under the bonnet, there’s a new 1.6 litre “whisper diesel” engine available in both 110 hp and 136 hp outputs, as well as the new Astra’s 152 hp 1.4 litre direct injection turbo petrol mill. The latter is only available with a six-speed automatic transmission, automatic start/stop and adaptive all-wheel drive and promises a fuel consumption figure of 6.6 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions of 154 grams per kilometre.

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.




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