Opel unveils Mokka Electric with 322 kilometers of battery range

The Opel Mokka will be free of GM technology in the future. The new edition also runs electrically for the first time and gives a view of Opel’s new look.

With the second generation of the Opel Mokka, not only the new edition of the most important SUV for the brand celebrates its premiere in late summer, but also the new brand face that all Opel models will be wearing in the future. The centerpiece of the “Vizor” front design inspired by the motorcycle helmet visor is a dark-tinted plexiglass clasp that stretches across the entire width of the vehicle.

It not only functions as a recognition feature and eye-catcher, but also houses the sensors of the assistance systems in addition to the headlights and lightning logo. Otherwise, the mini SUV comes completely redesigned. Compared to its predecessor, it is almost 13 centimeters shorter (4.15 meters), and at the same time it becomes wider and flatter. Because of this and because of the shrunk body overhangs, this generation appears more dynamic and compact than the first edition.

The fact that the Mokka is changing so much has to do with a fundamental change in the architecture: Instead of GM technology, the new Mokka uses the CMP platform of the new parent company PSA, on which the Peugeot 2008 sister model is also based.

The Opel wants to stand out visibly from the French relative. Not just outside, but also inside.

A puristic and reduced style is now moving in there, which should also be defining for future models of the brand. The most important element in the dashboard is a horizontal information panel made up of several screens, which among other things replaces the classic instruments. Opel calls it “Pure Panel”: The displays are intended to clearly show the driver all the important information and reduced it to the essentials. In turn, the number of switches and buttons in the cockpit drops significantly.

While the body and interior are demonstratively independent, Opel uses the group technology under the sheet. From the start of the market in early 2021, there will also be the electric drive with 100 kW / 136 hp known from Opel Corsa-e and Peugeot e-208. The range should be up to 322 kilometers.

Alternatively, gasoline and diesel with three and four cylinders and power values ​​between around 100 and 150 hp are likely to be available. Opel does not yet give details.

The Rüsselsheim-based company already lists a few equipment items, among other things there will be an optional matrix LED light. The Opel Mokka can be ordered – the name suffix “X” will no longer apply when the model is changed – from late summer, but it will only be delivered in the coming year. The prices should be based on those of the Peugeot 2008, which currently starts at just under 21,500 euros. The e-model is currently available for a good 35,000 euros.

Contact the author: lewisgibbs@wheelsjoint.com

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