Opel Mokka

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Opel Mokka
Opel Mokka ecoFLEX Edition – Frontansicht, 25. August 2013, Düsseldorf.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Opel (General Motors)
Also called Vauxhall Mokka, Buick Encore, Chevrolet Trax
Production 2012–present
Model years 2013–present
Assembly Bupyeong, South Korea (GM Korea)
Shanghai, China (Shanghai GM)
Zaragoza, Spain[1]
Kaliningrad, Russia (Avtotor)
Minsk, Belarus (Unison)
Designer Carsten Aengenheyster[2]
Body and chassis
Class Mini sport utility vehicle
Body style 5-door SUV
Layout Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel-drive
Platform Gamma II platform
Related Chevrolet Aveo/Sonic
Chevrolet Trax[3]
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,555 mm (100.6 in)
Length 4,280 mm (168.5 in)
Width 1,775 mm (69.9 in)
Height 1,646 mm (64.8 in)
Kerb weight 1,293 kg (2,851 lb) (2WD)
1,386 kg (3,056 lb) (4WD)
Chronology
Predecessor Buick Rendezvous (North America)

The Opel Mokka is a mini sport utility vehicle engineered and built by Opel since 2012. Sales started in the end of 2012.[4] The Mokka is now built in Bupyeong, South Korea and Zaragoza, Spain. It is also marketed as the Vauxhall Mokka in the United Kingdom, and as the Buick Encore in North America and in China.

Production and sales[edit]

Opel Mokka 1.4 EcoFlex (Germany)
Vauxhall Mokka 1.4 Exclusiv Turbo (United Kingdom)

In September 2007, What Car? produced computer generated images, which showed a Corsa C based SUV. However that model never made it into production.

The Mokka is positioned below the Antara and the Zafira Tourer in the Opel lineup, and is available in both front wheel and four wheel drive versions. The Mokka name derives from the small, round coffee beans of the Coffea Arabica variety.

The Mokka is based on GM's Gamma II platform and is available in a choice of three engines: a 115 PS (85 kW; 113 bhp) 1.6 litre petrol, a 140 PS (103 kW; 138 bhp) 1.4 litre turbo petrol and a 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) 1.7 diesel.[5][6]

The four wheel drive option is a smart 4x4 system that maintains 100% drive at the front wheels until the system detects slip, fast starts or tight cornering, in which case it can send up to 50% of torque to the rear wheels.[7]

Production and sales started in autumn of 2012; by February 2013, Opel Mokka had over 80,000 orders, and after two months 100,000 orders. In October 2014, over 300,000 Mokkas were ordered in Europe. In January 2016, Opel announced 500,000 firm orders for Mokka overall.[8]

Engines[edit]

Engines are available with the five speed (only with 1.6 engine) or six speed manual transmission. The only optional available automatic transmission is the six speed with active select mode, which can be ordered for the 1.4 Turbo and 1.7 CDTI engines, with or without 4x4. The automatic version did not have Start/Stop system in the beginning.

In the Russian market, a version with a 1.8 L A18XER (Korean designation F18DA) petrol engine is available. The cars for the Russian market were assembled by Avtotor (Kaliningrad, Russia) and later by Unison (Minsk, Belarus) in 2015.[9]

In October 2014, Opel introduced its all new engine, the so called "whisper diesel" 1.6 CDTI ecoFLEX engine with 136 PS which, in beginning of 2015, replaced the 1.7 CDTI with 130 PS.

Petrol engine
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Note CO2 emission (g/km) Years
1.4 Turbo (1368cc) I4 1368 cc 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) at 4900 rpm 200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) at 1850 rpm 153 2013–
1.4 Turbo (1399cc) 1399 cc 155 PS (114 kW; 153 hp) at 5600 rpm 240 N⋅m (177 lb⋅ft) at 2000 rpm 155 2016–
1.6 VVT 1598 cc 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) at 6000 rpm 155 N⋅m (114 lb⋅ft) at 4000 rpm 139
1.8 VVT 1796 cc 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) at 6200 rpm 178 N⋅m (131 lb⋅ft) at 3800 rpm 225 (FWD, MT5), 257 (AWD, AT6)
Diesel engine
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Note CO2 emission (g/km) Years
1.6 CDTI ecoFLEX I4 1598 cc 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) at 4000 rpm 300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft) at 2000–2250 rpm 114-109 2015–
136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) at 3500-4000 rpm 320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) at 2000–2250 rpm 109-119 2015–
1.7 CDTI ecoFLEX 1686 cc 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) at 4000 rpm 300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft) at 2000–2500 rpm 120-129 2012–15

Mokka X 2016 facelift[edit]

The updated Opel and Vauxhall Mokka models for 2016 now use the name of Mokka X. The Mokka X wears a new face with sleeker headlights, a revised interior, and new LED tail lights.

Buick Encore[edit]

The North American version of the Opel Mokka was unveiled as the 2013 Buick Encore at the 2012 North American International Auto Show[10] in Detroit on January 10, 2012 and went on sale in early 2013. The Encore, Buick's first small crossover SUV, its fourth SUV overall after the 2002 Rendezvous, 2004 Rainier, and 2008 Enclave, is available in front wheel drive (FWD) and all wheel drive (AWD) versions.[11]

The 2013 through 2015 Buick Encore was offered in Base, Convenience, Leather, and Premium level models with a 1.4 liter inline four cylinder multi port fuel injected (MFI) VVT turbo gasoline engine rated at 138 hp @ 4900 rpm coupled to a six speed automatic transmission. For 2016 a new Sport Touring Edition was added which includes unique 18" aluminum alloy wheels with midnight silver finish, rear spoiler, body color door handles, and a more powerful 1.4 L turbo gasoline engine. The new GM Ecotec inline four cylinder engine with direct fuel injection (DI) and VVT is rated at 153 hp @ 5600 rpm. Stop/Start technology was also introduced with the Ecotec engine to improve fuel economy.[12] All models have tinted glass with deep dark tint in the rear side door and tailgate windows.

In 2017 the Buick Encore was given a minor facelift and the interior was refreshed with a new dashboard design having an updated gauge cluster with a 4.2 inch information screen, a center stack blended into the dashboard, and a new infotainment system with an 8 inch frameless screen.[13][14] The cabin features premium quality materials.

While classified as a Sport Utility Vehicle, the Owner's Manual states that the Buick Encore is neither designed nor intended to tow a trailer.[15] However, the Owner's Manual for the Opel counterpart of the 2018 Buick Encore, the 2018 Opel Mokka X, includes a weights and towing data table for Mokka X vehicles having various FWD and AWD powertrain configurations including the 1.4 liter engines coupled with automatic transmission.[16]

Assembled at the GM Korea plant in Bupyeong, South Korea, the Buick Encore is sold in North America and in China. Buick's VentiPorts, a styling feature unique to Buick dating back to 1949, reappeared on Buick models for 2013, including the new Buick Encore. The "Encore" name was briefly used by AMC/Renault on its 1984-86 subcompact hatchback.

Safety[edit]

IIHS crash worthiness and avoidance ratings for 2016 Buick Encore[17]
Small overlap frontal offset impact - driver side Good
Small overlap frontal offset impact - passenger side Acceptable
Moderate overlap frontal offset impact Good
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats (power leather seats) Good
Headlights Poor

Sales in the United States[edit]

Calendar year Sales
2013 31,956[18]
2014 48,892[19]
2015 67,549[20]
2016 78,565[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Opel Mokka rolls off the production line in Zaragoza". Opel. 12 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Kompakte Maße, großer Auftritt". Vauxhall-Blog. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "New Chevrolet Trax Small Crossover is the Buick Encore's Global Twin, will Debut in Paris - Carscoop". Carscoop.blogspot.com. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "2013 Vauxhall-Mokka". WorldCarFans. January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "All-New Opel Mokka: Compact in Size, Big in Attitude". Media: Europe. Adam Opel AG. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Hudson, Paul (11 January 2012). "Vauxhall Mokka SUV breaks cover". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Cropley, Steve (25 May 2012). "Vauxhall Mokka 1.4T 4x4". Autocar. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Opel Mokka Reaches 500,000 Orders". media.opel.com. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Opel Mokka". Wroom.ru.
  10. ^ "GM teases five-seat 2013 Buick Encore mini crossover SUV ahead of North American International Auto Show reveal in Detroit". Car and Driver. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  11. ^ "2013 Buick Encore Takes the Stage". General Motors. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  12. ^ Auto Engine Stop/Start, 2016 Buick Encore Owner's Manual, General Motors LLC., 2015, p.158
  13. ^ 2014-2016 Buick Encore Dash, 2016 Buick Encore Brochure, General Motors LLC., 2016, p.6
  14. ^ 2017-2018 Buick Encore Dash, 2017 Buick Encore Brochure, General Motors LLC., 2017, p.6
  15. ^ Trailer Towing, 2018 Buick Encore Owner's Manual, General Motors LLC., 2017, p.197
  16. ^ Weights and Towing Data, 2018 Opel Mokka X Brochure, Opel Automobile Ireland Limited, p.37
  17. ^ 2016 Buick Encore IHS crash worthiness and avoidance ratings Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute
  18. ^ "GM U.S. Deliveries for December 2013" (PDF). General Motors. 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  19. ^ "GM Deliveries up 19 percent in Blockbuster December". General Motors. 2015-01-05. Retrieved 2015-01-08. 
  20. ^ "GM, Chevrolet Lead with Industry's Largest Retail Market Share Increases of 2015". General Motors. 2016-01-05. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  21. ^ "Chevrolet and GM Lead U.S. Retail Sales and Share Gains for 2016". General Motors. 2017-01-04. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 

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