Opel aka Vauxhall are entering new territory with a brand new sub-compact SUV.
Two months ahead of its world premiere at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Opel has released first photos and specs of its new sub-compact SUV; perhaps as a consequence of the its twin, the brand new 2013 Buick Encore compact crossover, recently being revealed in Detroit. At 4.28 meters it may be smaller than both the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 but can comfortably fit five and so will be a decent competitor in the new compact crossover segment.
Europeans will get to choose between FWD and AWD, with the latter shifting torque to the rear wheels when better handling and traction is required. Three engines are on offer: a 1.6-liter naturally-aspirated gasoline engine good for 115hp, a 140hp 1.4-liter Turbo with 148lb-ft of torque, and a 1.7-liter CDTI turbo diesel engine rated at 130hp and 221lb-ft of torque. The latter two can be combined with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. As for its appearance, the Mokka has a sporty edge with high ground clearance and wide tracks, while its muscular body lines are complemented by 18-inch alloys.
Inside there's up to 1,372 liters of loading space and up to 19 storage locations, while Opel also offers a unique rear bicycle carrier Flex-Fix that's integrated in the rear functioning like a drawer able to accommodate up to three bicycles at once. All Opel Mokka variants will come with Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control systems, as well as Advanced Adaptive Forward Lighting. An onboard front camera is also available so drivers can take advantage of Lane Departure Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition. Opel dealerships will take stock of the Mokka by the end of the year.