The Opel Mokka is a subcompact crossover SUV sold by German automotive marque Opel since 2012. Sales began with the model year of 2013, at the end of 2012. In 2016, the Opel Mokka was renamed to the Mokka X. It is also sold under the Vauxhall brand in the United Kingdom, and as the Buick Encore in North America and in China.
The second generation Mokka was launched in 2020. It marked the switch to PSA platform, after the acquisition of Opel and Vauxhall brands in 2017. It was renamed back to Mokka, ditching the ‘X’ suffix.
First generation (J13; 2012)
The Mokka was positioned below the Antara and the Zafira Tourer in the Opel lineup, and was available in both front wheel and four wheel drive versions. The Mokka name derives from the small, round coffee beans of the Coffea Arabica variety. The Mokka is based on GM’s Gamma II platform.
The four wheel drive option was an intelligent AWD system that maintains 100% drive at the front wheels until the system detects slip, fast starts or tight cornering, in which case it can send up to 50% of torque to the rear wheels.
Production and sales started in autumn of 2012. By February 2013, Opel had over 80,000 Mokka orders, and after two months 100,000 orders. By October 2014, over 300,000 Mokkas were ordered in Europe. In January 2016, Opel announced 500,000 firm orders for Mokka overall.
In 2019, Opel ceased production of the first generation Mokka as part of Opel/Vauxhall’s full switch to Groupe PSA car platforms. The vehicle is still sold under the Buick marque.
A variant of the Mokka/Encore vehicle having significantly different sheet metal and trim is sold as the Chevrolet/Holden Trax.
In April 2016, Opel and Vauxhall unveiled an updated version of the Mokka for the model year of 2017, designated as the Mokka X, which went on sale in the end of 2016. The new Mokka X sports a facelift with sleeker headlights, restyled bumpers, new LED tail lights, and a revised interior with an all new dash, instrument cluster, and center stack. The more powerful optional 150 hp petrol engine was also introduced with the Mokka X.
Mokka by Bitter
Bitter has been producing a luxury version of the Mokka since 2016. Facelifted in the end of 2016 along with the Vauxhall and Opel models, the name was also changed to Mokka X. The differences between the Bitter and Opel versions are mainly cosmetic.
As introduced in 2012, the Mokka was offered with a choice of three engines: a 115 PS (85 kW; 113 bhp) 1.6-litre petrol, a 140 PS (103 kW; 138 bhp) 1.4-litre turbo petrol, and a 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) 1.7 litre diesel.
Other petrol and diesel engines were offered later, including a 152 PS (112 kW; 150 bhp) 1.4 litre direct injection turbo petrol engine with a controversial start/stop feature introduced for model year 2016.
Most engines are paired standard with the 5-speed (1.6-litre MPI petrol engine only) or 6-speed manual transmission, with stop/start engine technology beginning as early as model year 2014. A six speed automatic transmission having active select mode is optionally available for select petrol and diesel engines including the 1.4-litre MPI Turbo petrol and 1.7-litre CDTI diesel engines for both FWD and AWD models.
Start/Stop technology on vehicles with automatic transmissions first appeared with the introduction of the new, more powerful (112 kW; 150 hp), B14XFT 1.4-litre direct injection (DI) VVT Turbo petrol engine for model year 2016 and was incorporated on other select petrol and diesel engines paired with automatic transmissions by model year 2018.
In the market in Russia, a version with a 1.8 litre A18XER (Korean designation F18DA) petrol engine is available. The cars for the Russian market were assembled by Avtotor (Kaliningrad, Russia) and later by Unison (Minsk, Belarus) in 2015. In October 2014, for the model year of 2015, Opel introduced its all new “whisper diesel” 1.6-litre CDTI engine which replaced the 1.7-litre CDTI diesel. The engine specifications in the following tables is from the 2013, 2015, and 2018 Opel owner manual.
Second generation (2020)
The second generation Mokka was unveiled in 24 June 2020. Now based on the PSA Group’s Common Modular Platform (CMP), the car is available with an electric version dubbed as the Mokka-e. The ICE version was unveiled in 2 September 2020. There are three engine options, including a 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol rated at 100 PS (74 kW; 99 bhp) and 205 N⋅m (151 lb⋅ft) of torque with a 6-speed manual transmission, a 1.2-liter turbo making 130 PS (96 kW; 128 bhp) and 230 N⋅m (170 lb⋅ft) of torque in combination with a standard 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmissions. While the only diesel engine on offer is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 110 PS (81 kW; 108 bhp) and 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) of torque, offered exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission.
The Mokka-e, the all-electric version of the Mokka, is powered by a 50kWh lithium-ion battery with a WLTP range of 201 miles. Three driving modes are available, Sport, Eco and Normal.