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Geneva LIVE: Opel Mokka compact SUV

by Drew Johnson

Opel unveiled its version of the Buick Encore at the Geneva Motor Show.

General Motors' Opel brand has unveiled a new sub-compact SUV. Called the Mokka, Opel's latest utility vehicle is essentially a rebadged version of the that debut at the North American International Auto Show.

Stretching just 4.28 meters in length, the Mokka will compete in the growing B-segment SUV category. Likely competitors will include the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.

"The Opel Mokka takes its strengths from traditional, larger SUVs and fits them into a modern compact format," says Opel CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke. "The 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 energizes the new SUV B-segment that is predicted to grow considerably over the next years."

Like the Encore, the Mokka will be powered by a turbocharged 1.4L engine developing 140 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. However, unlike the Buick, buyers will also have access to a 1.7L diesel engine producing 130 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. Both engines will shift through either a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.

Front-wheel drive will be standard, but all-wheel drive will be on offer.

As for the SUV's unusual name, Opel says it was chosen to convey a vehicle that is "rich in character and full of energy."

The Opel Mokka has an on-sale date scheduled for late 2012. The United Kingdom will see the new crossover sold as a Vauxhall.

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