GM’s European arm has revealed the Opel Mokka X, a facelifted and heavily revised version of the brand’s smallest crossover, which made its debut back in 2012.
Although the only body panels that have been altered are the bonnet and front wings, the exterior makeover has significantly altered the vehicle’s looks.
Up front, the Mokka X sports slimmed-down headlights with prominent LED daytime lamps, as well as the brand’s new winged grille design.
Underneath these elements is a smoother front bumper with overt off-road styling cues limited to dark grey plastic along the lower edge and a faux metal bash plate element.
Around the back, there are new LED tail-lights, and a toned down and less edgy rear bumper.
The interior has been given a comprehensive revamp, with a completely new dashboard. The new dash has been modelled on the one employed in the latest-generation Astra.
The new screen is designed around 7- and 8-inch touchscreens for the company’s MyLink infotainment system, and it helps to significantly declutter the cabin of buttons.
Ahead of the driver there’s a new instrument panel with a large, and presumably high resolution, screen located between the speedometer and tachometer.
Under the bonnet, the Mokka X will be available the company’s new-generation 1.6-litre turbo-diesels in both 81kW and 110kW trims.
The revised crossover will also gain the new 112kW 1.4-litre direct-injection turbo that’s used in the latest-generation Astra.
There’s an outside chance that when it comes time to choose between facelifts, Holden may opt for the Opel Mokka X/Buick Encore version over the Chevrolet Trax.
Although the Mokka is made in Europe and would surely be out of the running due to exchange rates and low margins, it’s possible that Holden may go for its twin, the Buick Encore, which is made in South Korea alongside the Trax.
Both the Encore and Mokka X are pitched as slightly more premium than the mechanically similar Trax variants. Although the facelifted Encore has yet to be revealed, it should pop up some time this year.