Opel Goes Mild-Hybrid with the New Mokka

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Opel is adding another option to the Mokka lineup with the introduction of a mild-hybrid variant. This joins the existing gasoline-powered and fully electric versions, catering to a wider range of driver preferences.

The Mokka Hybrid boasts the most potent version of Opel's 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, offering 134 horsepower and 230 Nm of torque. An electric motor integrated into the six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission adds an extra 28 horsepower and 55 Nm of torque. This electric motor draws power from a small 48-volt lithium-ion battery that replenishes itself automatically during deceleration, reducing the need for frequent trips to the gas station.

Opel claims the mild-hybrid system brings a significant improvement in fuel efficiency, with an estimated 20% reduction compared to the standard gasoline model. This translates to an average WLTP fuel consumption rating of 4.9 liters per 100 kilometers, a respectable number for a subcompact SUV. Additionally, CO2 emissions are curbed to 110 g/km, a notable improvement over the 137 g/km figure of the non-hybrid Mokka.

Opel Mokka

Despite being a mild-hybrid, the Mokka can surprisingly operate solely on electric power for up to half the time in urban environments with lower speeds. However, the electric-only range is limited to around 1 kilometer due to the battery's compact size. This electric capability makes for a quieter and more environmentally friendly driving experience in stop-and-go traffic situations.

The Mokka Hybrid offers selectable driving modes similar to its close relative, the Jeep Avenger Hybrid. Drivers can choose between Eco, Normal, and Sport modes to optimize performance for fuel efficiency, everyday driving, or a more spirited feel. While the hybrid system adds some weight, the Mokka Hybrid still delivers a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 9.1 seconds and a top speed of 207 km/h.

Visually, the Mokka Hybrid is nearly identical to its gasoline and electric siblings, with the exception of some subtle badging on the back. The biggest differentiator lies within the cabin. Opel has incorporated special hybrid-focused graphics on both the digital instrument cluster and the infotainment touchscreen. These graphics keep the driver informed about when the car is operating purely on electric power, the current battery charge level, and the flow of energy within the hybrid system.

The Opel Mokka Hybrid is now available for order in Germany, with a starting price of €31,915. This represents a €1,200 premium compared to the base gasoline Mokka with an automatic gearbox and similar engine output. While slightly pricier than the standard gasoline model, the Mokka Hybrid offers significant fuel efficiency improvements and the ability to drive on electric power in certain situations. However, for those seeking a fully electric experience, the Mokka Electric remains available, albeit at a higher starting price of €40,800. The choice between these Mokka variants ultimately depends on individual driving needs and priorities.

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