Mike Stevens | Jan 11, 2012

While GM's US-market Buick brand unveils its Encore in Detroit, Opel has been busy on the other side of the Atlantic with its own version of the new compact SUV: the Mokka.

Arriving with almost identical styling, the Mokka also wears the familiar Opel grille and blacked-out headlights. Under the skin, the new CUV shares its platform with the Encore and the new Holden Barina.

Like the Buick version, power for the Mokka is provided by a 111kW 1.4 litre turbocharged engine, but for Europe there will be two additional options.

The first is a 85kW naturally-aspirated 1.6 litre petrol engine, and the second is a 1.7 litre CDTI diesel producing 97kW and 300Nm of torque.

Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions will be offered with the 1.4 and 1.7 litre engines, while the 1.6 will be offered in manual form only.

Manual models will feature a stop-start fuel-saving system, and other standard features include Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control.



While Buick's Encore is unlikely to ever see the light of an Australian showroom, Opel's Mokka is a potential starter for our market.

The Mokka will make its European sales debut toward the end of 2012, with an Australian debut still to be confirmed.

Opel is set for a local debut later this year.

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