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Opel Mokka sub-compact SUV and Astra OPC
World premičres at the 82nd Geneva motor show

Opel Mokka sub-compact SUV: front picture. Source (all pictures): Adam Opel AG and Vauxhall (UK)

Mokka: name roots from the port city of Al-Mokha.

20 February 2012: German brand Opel will have a significant world premičre next month at the 82nd Geneva motor show (8 to 12 March), with the new Mokka small SUV.

The event will also coincide with Opel’s 150th anniversary... not as an automaker first, as it was founded by Adam Opel (picture below) in Rüsselsheim to build sewing machines (1862), before adding bicycles (from 1886). It became an automaker with the "Opel Patent Motor Car, System Lutzmann" (see picture below), the name given to the first Opel automobile (1899). Thirty years later, Opel was acquired by the American General Motors corporation in 1929.

Adam Opel (1837-1895), founder of the eponym brand.

Adam Opel (1837-1895).

However, Mokka won't be Opel's only novelty for Geneva, as it will be joined by the hot Astra OPC (Opel Performance Centre) and, at the other end of the spectrum, by the rather cool “RAD e”, the first e-bike built around automotive construction principles, as Opel put it. For a 150th anniversary, histoire oblige.


First things first, the new Mokka will expand Opel's line-up with its entry into the fast-growing sub-compact segment of the SUV niche market. 

As far as the name is concerned, Opel says that the choice is inspired, as it sounds, by the small, round coffee beans of the Coffea Arabica, with the slight modification from the Mocha-based coffee (the Mocha name coming originally from the port city of Al Mokha in the South West of today's Yemen) to Opel's Mokka small SUV.

The Opel Patent Motor Car, System Lutzmann (1899).

Opel says that within a 4.28-metre long body, the Mokka can accommodate up to five people in the higher seating position that you would expect from an SUV vehicle.


Three engines will be available at the Mokka launch towards the end of this year. The petrol (gasoline) offer comprises the 85 kW/115 hp (114 bhp), 1.6 litre naturally-aspirated engine as well as a 103 kW/140 hp (138 bhp) 1.4 l Turbo with 200 Nm of torque (148 lb-ft).

Opel Mokka interior, front (source: Opel AG)

Mokka provides up to 1,372 litre of loading space.

On the diesel side, the 93 kW/126 hp (125 bhp) 1.7 CDTI turbo diesel develops a maximum 300 Nm of torque (221 lb-ft).

Both the 1.4 Turbo and the 1.7 CDTI can be combined either with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions (manuals come with a standard fuel Start/Stop system).

The Mokka will also be available in either front- or all-wheel-drive (AWD) configurations. The latter sends engine torque to the rear wheels automatically when necessary.


Opel Mokka sub-compact SUV: rear picture (Vauxhall version).

Mokka will be available in front- or all-wheel-drive (AWD).

Standard features across all Mokka versions include the Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the Traction Control (TC) as well as the Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Hill Descent Control (HDC) systems which help in uphill or downhill terrain.

Options include Driver Assistance Systems that are based on the Opel Eye front camera system, as well as a rear view camera and the Advanced Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL+) which is based on the 3rd generation Bi-Xenon lighting system that includes High Beam Assist HBA.

New Opel Astra OPC, front picture.

New Astra OPC: high-performance version of the Astra GTC.

The new generation Opel Eye front camera gives the driver access to several functions including Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and the second generation of Traffic Sign Recognition.


Opel says that the Mokka seating has been certified by AGR – the German healthy back expert organization “Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V.”, and also offers Opel's fully integrated, latest generation Flex-Fix bicycle carrier.

New Opel Astra OPC, rear picture.

New Astra OPC with FlexRide chassis system.

The Mokka design is bold oriented with sculpted and sporty traits, such as the brand's typical “blade” on the bodyside that sweeps upwards to the rear. The sporty character is also underlined by its higher ground clearance for gravel roads, as well as its 1540 mm wide tracks and 18” alloy wheels which are standard in the Enjoy and Cosmo trim levels.

Inside, the new Mokka provides up to 1,372 litre of loading space. It can be equipped with the new generation rear bicycle carrier Flex-Fix which is fully integrated in the rear, functions like a drawer and can accommodate up to three bicycles at a time.

 Astra OPC

New Opel Astra OPC, bucket seats picture.

Astra OPC features new high-performance bucket seats.

The other Opel world premičre goes for the new Astra OPC, the high-performance version of the Astra GTC. The OPC´s 206 kW/280 hp (276 bhp) 2.0 litre direct injection turbocharged petrol engine develops a maximum torque of 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) and a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph), making it the most powerful Astra ever.

The High Performance Struts (HiPerStruts) is combined to the FlexRide chassis system, featuring a dedicated Sport- and OPC-drive mode.

The Astra OPC also features a new high-performance bucket seat (opposite picture). Both front seats increase the sporty driving experience by introducing weight-saving material, a lower seating position and enhanced side support.

Thanks to the organic injection sheet with composite material (picture below), the weight saving on the new seat shell is 45 percent compared to a conventional one. The new seat offers up to 18 different settings.

 RAD e

New Opel Astra OPC, bucket seat picture with organic injection sheet with composite material.

Astra OPC organic injection sheet with composite material.

Opel will also present in Geneva the “RAD e” design study - a futuristic e-bike that offers a concept of integrated individual and urban mobility.

Opel adds that the RAD e is the first e-bike to be built around automotive construction and production principles. It carries some of the brand's design language such as the boomerang shaped features known with the Ampera and the RAK e concept car. Its pedelec technology with a 250 watt motor assists the rider when pedalling and achieves an electrically supported range of between 60 and 145 kilometres (37 to 90 miles).

Like other companies, the American-owned German automaker expects E-bikes to play an increasingly important role in future integrated urban transport concepts, with cars and buses.

Moreover, the RAD e is also a designed as a reminder of Opel’s early industrial period of manufacturing bicycles, for the 150th anniversary.

 2.0 BiTurbo CDTI

Opel 2.0 CDTI BiTurbo engine, technical drawing.

The new 2.0 CDTI BiTurbo engine: at low rpms, the upper water-cooled intercooler (small blue arrow) passes small volumes of air from the small turbo charger, in a short and direct path to the combustion chamber. In the mid rpm range, the larger air stream from the bigger turbocharger is cooled by the bigger intercooler (larger blue arrow).

The Geneva show will also be the opportunity to present Opel’s new 2.0 BiTurbo CDTI diesel engine (opposite picture) which makes its debut in the Insignia flagship, delivering a maximum of 143 kW/194 hp (192 bhp) and 400 Nm of torque (295 lb-ft). Fuel consumption starts from 4.9 litres per 100 kilometres (equivalent to 48 U.S. mpg, 57.65 UK mpg and 20.41 km per litre), with 129 g/km CO2.

The new engine is equipped with a sequential double turbo system, with a twin intercooler system (two completely separate cooling circuits, see the two blue arrows in the opposite drawing).

Other innovations will join the line-up, as every Insignia AWD version will become available with a SuperSport chassis that includes the front suspension from the Insignia OPC with high performance struts (HiPerStruts).

In addition, new radar-based driver assistance systems will be available for the Insignia, as well as other new versions of the Corsa, Meriva, Astra and Insigna.


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