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our first impressions aboard the new electric SUV

After the Corsa, Opel continues its electric offensive by tackling the SUV segment. The brand’s second model from the multi-energy platform CMP, the Mokka and its electric derivative Mokka-e introduce the brand’s new identity. First impressions.

Between containment and cancellation of major automotive events, manufacturers have had no choice but to massively digitize their announcements. Opel was no exception to the rule and had to limit the “reveal” of the new Mokka to the Internet, held last June. However, the brand makes up for it with a first static presentation of the model in a small committee. An event that Automobile Propre was able to attend.

A new identity for a new group

Previously owned by the General Motors group, Opel was taken over in 2017 by PSA. To mark this change and better fit into a logic of complementarity with the other brands of the group, Opel was invited to reinvent itself aesthetically. The challenge: to modernize the lines without denying the brand’s Germanic roots.

While the new Corsa remains the first model developed under the aegis of the PSA Group, the launch schedule was too short to allow Opel to drive real change. With the new Mokka, the lightning-fast brand has had a lot of time to design an identity that will gradually be carried over to all of its models. At the center of this aesthetic renewal is the new grille called Vizor. Prefigured by the Opel GT X Experimental concept, it takes the DNA of the Opel Manta and is characterized by a large black band connecting the two optics on a single line. Called “compass”, this design structures the grille through a shape reminiscent of a compass. At the rear, the philosophy is identical, notably with a resumption of the light signature seen at the front.

Inheriting the “Power of Choice” philosophy dear to the PSA group, Opel does not seek to distinguish the electric version of the Mokka from the classic petrol and diesel versions. Apart from the absence of an exhaust, the only difference is the integration of small “e” badges in the door pillars and the trunk.

Same thing side template. At 4.15 m in length and 1.52 m in height, the Opel Mokka-e is 15 centimeters shorter and 1 cm lower than the Peugeot e-2008, whose platform it shares. At 1.80 m, however, it is wider than the Lion model. More compact dimensions which obviously have consequences on livability: while the Peugeot e-2008 has 405 liters of cargo volume, the Mokka-e is limited to 350. The same goes for the rear seats. The knees of older adults will tend to butt on the seat while the central tunnel – also present on the 2008 – limits the comfort of the middle seat.

Opel Mokka-e Peugeot e-2008
Length 4151 mm 4300 mm
Width 1802 mm 1770 mm
Height 1523 mm 1530 mm
Wheelbase 2557 mm 2605 mm
Chest 350 liters 405 liters

Accumulating 350 liters, the boot of the Opel Mokka-e is less spacious than that of the Peugeot e-2008

Interior: a more elegant atmosphere

Inside, the changes are notable compared to the recent Corsa. Less consensual than the city car, the Opel Mokka-e inaugurates the new Pure Panel console which seems to bring together the instrumentation and the on-board computer on a single block. On the top-of-the-line Ultimate trim, the digital instrumentation display is enormous. Spread over 12 inches diagonally, it is complemented by a 10 inch touchscreen compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Slightly oriented towards the driver, this allows you to control the navigation, multimedia and various settings of the car.

While the digital interface is very present, Opel does not fall for the “all touch”. Bizone, the air conditioning retains its manual controls while various buttons facilitate access to the dashboard menus. Using the “e” of Mokka-e, a key allows you to access the electrical part. On this point, no surprise since the ergonomics are identical to the other electric models in the PSA range. It is thus possible to monitor energy flows, consumption history and to schedule recharging remotely. The instrumentation also incorporates specific electrical elements. This includes an estimate of the remaining autonomy and the charge level of the battery. As with other PSA models, unfortunately the value is not expressed as a percentage.

In terms of finishes, the whole is very elegant with the presence of Alcantara seats and lacquered elements (watch out for fingerprints) on the top-of-the-range Ultimate finish of our demo model. What bring Opel closer to the standard of other brands of the PSA group.

In terms of storage, Opel has provided generous spaces. The huge glove compartment is complemented by storage in each door, two cup holders, and a small space under the armrest. In terms of connectivity, there is an induction charging device, a cigarette lighter socket and a USB socket at the front. In the rear, passengers are even better served as they can share two USB sockets.

Up to 322 km of autonomy

On the technical side, this Mokka-e remains on familiar ground. Based on the PSA group’s multi-energy CMP platform, the Opel Mokka-e has the same technical configuration as the electric Corsa and the Peugeot e-2008. We thus find an electric motor developing up to 100 kW of power and 260 Nm of torque. In terms of performance, the manufacturer promises 150 km / h top speed and a 0 to 100 km / h shot in 9.1 seconds. On the 0-50 km / h, Opel announces a value of 3.7 seconds.

Taking the elements of the e-CMP platform, the Mokka-e inherits the same technical configuration as the Peugeot e-2008 and the DS 3 Crossback e-tense

At the battery level, the Opel Mokka-e receives 216 cells. Supplied by the Chinese CATL, these are distributed in 18 modules and accumulate 50 kWh of energy capacity, of which 46 are useful. In autonomy, the manufacturer announces 322 kilometers in WLTP cycle. This is a little less than the Corsa-e which offers 337 km with the same battery.

On the recharging side, the hatch is placed on the left rear fender. Using the Combo standard, the connector allows up to 100 kW of power in direct current (DC) and 7.4 kW in alternating current (AC). As with the rest of the PSA range, it is possible to integrate an optional 11 kW charger.

Plug type Loading time
2.3 kW domestic socket 20 hours
7.4 kW wallbox 6:30
11 kW terminal 4:30
100 kW fast terminal 80% in 30 minutes

From 36,100 €

Manufactured in Poissy, on the same production lines as the DS 3 Crossback e-tense, the electric Opel Mokka will begin deliveries in France from March 2021.

Taking without exception the five trim levels of the Mokka range, the electric SUV of the lightning brand starts from € 36,100 excluding ecological bonus. This is around € 1,000 less than the Peugeot e-2008 which remains its closest cousin within the PSA range.

In terms of equipment, the manufacturer takes care of its entry level. 7-inch digital instrumentation, 7-inch on-board computer, automatic air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and automatic panel reading are therefore part of the standard equipment.

With the maximum amount of equipment, the top-of-the-range Ultimate version of our presentation model is invoiced at 42,050 €. It stands out in particular with its 12-inch instrument cluster, 10-inch on-board computer, Front Matrix LED Intellilux headlights and 18-inch two-tone Silver / Black alloy wheels.

Available only as an option, the three-phase charger is reserved for the three superior finishes (Elegance, GS Line and Ultimate). Charged 900 €, it is strangely more expensive than on other brands of PSA.

Finishes Prices excluding bonus
Editing € 36,100
GS Line € 37,750
Elegance € 39,050
Elegance Business € 39,150
Ultimate € 42,050

For the exhaustive list of options and equipment, see the model sheet

The Clean Automobile Notice

Breaking with the very consensual lines of the new Corsa, this Opel Mokka-e is rather a pleasant surprise. By integrating the new Vizor grille, the small German electric SUV gains character without sinking into aggressiveness. Inside, it offers more presence and is on par with the other brands of the French group.

Its positioning within the PSA offering is also well thought out. Shorter and less high-tech than the 2008, it will appeal to customers looking for an urban SUV that is both compact and elegant.

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