Opel Mokka: return to victory

Opel Mokka: return to victory

Gone from the lineup since the end of 2019, the Mokka is finally returning to showrooms. The new generation, released in France, marks the re-emergence of Opel in the ever-growing B-SUV segment.

The new Opel Mokka is produced at the French plant in Poissy (78).

The new Mokka is finally here! Indeed, almost a year ago, it was June 24, 2020, when the veil was lifted from the latest Opel urban SUV. Many months of waiting, after withdrawing from the list at the end of 2019 due to CO2, finally touched the finger of a very important model for the brand and the network because it represented up to 18,270 registrations in 2015, its best year in France.

But since then, it has been going downhill with 7,516 units in 2018, 2,505 in 2019 and none in 2020, while the B-SUV segment was growing in France and more generally in Europe. At the continental level, these urban SUVs have risen from 9.6% of sales in 2016 to 17.1% in 2020. And the source of growth has not yet dried up with a market share of 18.1% expected in 2021. In this context, Opel France aims for 12,000 units per year whole, including 35% in the BtoB channel, where fat versions will still weigh 4,000 of the expected 4,650 copies. The remainder of this volume is dedicated to the Mokka‑e, the 100% electric variant of the model.

The second version of the B-SUV and Crossland segment, this generation of Mokka is based on the old PSA group’s high-performance CMP platform, like its 2008 cousin at Peugeot. This is the fourth passenger car that Opel has produced on a French basis, after the Crossland, Grandland and Corsa, and for the fourth time the blitzed product is more convincing than its cousins.

From 0 to 139 g/km of CO2

Shorter than the previous generation (4.28 m) and its 4.15 m, the Opel SUV is also more aerodynamic with a Cx of 0.32 against 0.35 before, which represents a gain of 9 g/km of CO2. It is also lighter by 120 kg, more rigid by 15%, but on the other hand it loses the possibility of offering a four-wheel drive.

Under the hood, the Mokka performs in all areas. In addition to the two gasoline 3-cylinder units 1.2, with 100 and 130 hp, the latter is also available in BVA, there is a diesel variant 1.5 and 110 hp. CO2 emissions for the petrol range range from 124 to 139 g/km, while they are 114 to 118 g/km for the diesel. There are no surprises for the 100% electric version, which adopts the PSA architecture with a 100 kW (136 hp) electric motor and a 50 kWh battery that takes fast charging up to 100 kW. It is enough to provide, according to the WLTP combined cycle, a distance of 324 km.

Vizor: a successful identity

Mokka cuvée 2021 is also a manifesto of a new stylistic language imagined by blitz designers. Shown by the Opel Vizor, this front end and character inspired by the Manta A, the icon of the brand in the 1970s. Added to these lines are a variety of customizable features. The same thing inside, where Opel has played modestly with two large screens surrounding the driving position. That of the instrument can reach 12” and the one placed in the middle, for infotainment and connectivity, is 10”. A few important buttons remain at the bottom of the center console, for greater convenience. Finally, in terms of Adas, the SUV has 16 assistance and safety systems.

This new Mokka is well-born and will be an important weapon for Opel in regaining market share lost for 3 years. It is also one of the few urban SUVs produced in France, along with the Toyota Yaris Cross and DS3 Crossback which share the Poissy plant.