Wednesday, August 10

Opel Unveils New Mokka SUV in SA

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Opel has confirmed that its new Opel Mokka will be heading to South Africa, we’ve got all the details on the newly-unveiled SUV entry. The Opel Mokka boasts the iconic design inspired by the GTX Xperimental Concept Car and is one of the first Opel models to feature the new Vizor design. As part of a revitalised model range, the Mokka arrives in South Africa hot on the heels of the Opel Zafira.

Two models of the distinctive Opel Mokka are set for the South African market: the Mokka Elegance and Mokka GS Line, both powered by the same turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

DESIGN

The silhouette of the new Opel Mokka stands out thanks to the compact five-seater featuring Opel’s Vizor design. As on a full-face helmet, a protective visor covers the new front face of the Opel, combining in a single element the grille, the LED headlights, and the new logo with the Opel lightning bolt.

Opel Mokka

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The interior incorporates two large screens, and unlike dashboards overloaded with information and controls, the Pure Panel displays an original and refined line. Opel designers have placed great emphasis on digital detox, and in order to avoid distracting the driver, the cars has been ensured that the system works intuitively. The buttons still control the most important functions without having to navigate through menus.

The headlamps of the new Mokka feature the Opel’s iconic ‘wing’ design and is modern and elegant in its appearance. Eco LED are headlamps standard on the Elegance model, while the GS Line offers the Full-LED Matrix headlamps.

UNDER THE HOOD

The Opel Mokka’s petrol engine is both lively and economical, offering high efficiency and good dynamic performance. The 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine delivers 96kW at 5,500 r/min and, thanks to low internal friction and responsive turbo technology, allows the delivery of high torque at low revs.

Opel Mokka

Despite its power, the engine with an eight-speed automatic gearbox offers impressive fuel consumption of 5.3- and 6.1 l/100 km on the extra-urban and combined cycle respectively, with just 139g/km of CO2.

The Rüsselsheim engineering team has worked hard on mass reduction: the new Mokka is up to 120 kg lighter than the previous generation. They also took the opportunity to improve the rigidity of the body.

TECHNOLOGY FEATURES

The new Mokka continues the Opel tradition of bringing the innovative technologies that until recently were only available in the luxury car class to a wide range of buyers.

Forward Collision Warning with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection on GS Line models work at speeds above 5km/h. When the Mokka approaches a vehicle or pedestrian too quickly, the system emits a warning signal and displays a message in the driver information centre. If a collision is imminent, the braking system is prepared and, if necessary, emergency braking is initiated to minimise the effects of a potential collision. Below 30km/h, the system can bring the vehicle to a complete stop. If the speed exceeds 30 km/h, the speed is reduced and the driver must brake hard.

This innovative system is indeed an asset to any driver as it will surely aid the driver in avoiding unnecessary expensive car maintenance and repairs often caused by small accidents and collisions. Shopping around for car parts and accessories can be tricky and expensive, so while it may seem like a small feature, it is definitely a big plus for budget-conscious consumers.

Opel Mokka

Adaptive cruise control (also on GS Line models) maintains a set safe distance between the new Mokka and the vehicle in front, using radar sensors and cameras. It works between 30km/h and 180km/h. Vehicle speed increases or decreases to follow the vehicle in front, but never exceeds the set speed. With automatic transmission, the system offers an additional stop and go function. It is thus able to brake the car to a standstill and follow the vehicle in front in traffic jams.

Opel is at the forefront in the field of lighting. All versions of the Mokka are equipped with the latest generation LED lights, ranging from daytime running lights bearing the Opel signature to front fog lights. At the rear, the choice to always have lights with LED technology has allowed the designers to opt for very thin and stretched lights, which reinforces the feeling of precision and quality.

The GS Line offers a bigger 10-inch high-definition IntelliLink colour touchscreen with the addition of built-in navigation. The navigation system provides the driver with information on various destinations, traffic alerts, local weather, and embedded voice control.

PRICING AND MAINTENANCE

  • Opel Mokka 1.2T Elegance — R 469,900
  • Opel Mokka 1.2T GS Line — R519 900

The Opel Mokka comes with a standard three years/120,000km warranty and Roadside Assistance. Service intervals are every 12 months or 15,000km but covered by the Mokka’s four years/60,000km service plan.

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