General Motors’ European subsidiary, Opel, has unveiled its updated small SUV competitor in the form of the Opel Mokka X, related to the Holden Trax under the skin, but with unique styling and powertrain options.
As part of its update, the Mokka gains an X suffix, set to appear on Opel’s entire SUV and crossover range. The 'X' is to denote its adventure-ready capabilities - including the availability of adaptive all-wheel-drive, something the Trax does without.
Engine choices for Europe include a pair of 1.6 litre diesel engines, rated at 81kW and 100kW. A new 114kW 1.4 litre turbo petrol also joins the range, matched with auto Start/Stop for a fuel comsuption figure of 6.6 l/100km.
Styling changes include Opel’s corporate face with a new winged grille, matched with restyled headlamps, including LED running lights, a reprofiled bonnet, new front guards, and a restyled front bumper design.
At the rear, the Mokka X features a new rear bumper as well as slimmer foglights and new LED taillights.
The new-look headlights also house Adaptive Forward Lighting LEDs, allowing the lighting pattern to adapt to changing traffic conditions, avoiding 'dazzle' for oncoming traffic while affording the driver the best possible visibility with nine different lighting patterns.
The front-facing 'Opel Eye' safety camera has also been updated with increased image processing power allowing it to assist the adaptive high beam system, traffic-sign assistant, and forward collision alert systems.
New infotainment upgrades pack in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as Opel OnSta, while Keyless entry and start has been added to the equipment list.
But with the closely-related Trax already doing battle in the small SUV segment for Holden, the Mokka X’s chances of arriving here seem slim.
Elsewhere, however, the rebadged Buick Mokka is expected to reprise the Opel’s updated looks later this year.