Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Opel Takes on Sub-Compacts

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Opel Takes on Sub-Compacts

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A NEW name and a new segment for Opel: At the start of the new year and two months ahead of its world premiere at the Geneva motor show on March 6, Opel is releasing the first photos of its new dynamic, sub-compact sports utility vehicle, the Opel Mokka. With the new Mokka, Opel is the first German manufacturer to launch a contender in the growing sub-compact SUV segment.

Despite its 4.28 metre measurement, the Mokka accommodates five people in a commanding position. It also delivers on Opel's promise to combine attractive design with innovative technologies and upmarket functionalities, making them accessible to a wider segment of customers.

aThe Opel Mokka takes its strengths from traditional, larger SUVs and fits them into a modern compact format,a says Opel CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke. aThe Mokka extends Opel's vehicle line and continues the momentum we've built up over the last few years with our strong product offensive. It also energises the new SUV B-segment that is predicted to grow considerably over the next years.a

The Opel Mokka blends functionality and a comfortable, high seating position with a flavour of adventure. It can be fitted with an all-wheel drive technology that seamlessly shifts torque to the rear wheels when required for better traction and handling. Power is provided by three efficient engines. All manual transmissions are equipped with the fuel saving Opel start/stop system. The gasoline offer comprises an 85 kW/115 hp, 1.6 litre naturally-aspirated engine as well as a 103 kW/140 hp 1.4 l Turbo with 200 Nm of torque. On the diesel side, there is a 93 kw/130 hp 1.7 CDTI turbo diesel with 300 Nm of torque. Both the 1.4 Turbo and the 1.7 CDTI can be combined either with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.

The Mokka introduces new technologies to the SUV B-segment, such as a string of Driver Assistance Systems based on the Opel Eye front camera system, as well as a rear view camera. The Opel Mokka carries ergonomic seating that has been certified by AGR a the German healthy back expert organisation, Aktion Gesunder RA1/4cken e. …

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