The Buick Encore will see its first encore in Ye Olde England when it appears as the Vauxhall Mokka, and other than a little bit of fiddling up front, it doesn't appear that anything changes in the still-ladybug-sized limey version. To our eyes, the design looks much better without the Buick's Ventiports tacked onto the hood, and something of this size and capability just seems to be a better mental fit with Vauxhall or Opel branding versus Buick.

Instead of the Hobson's choice U.S. buyers are faced with for the engine – a 140-horsepower 1.4-liter or... nothing – the Euros will get a choice of three powerplants: two gasoline and one diesel, all with stop/start. They also get the option of two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission.

Admittedly, the two other engine options are less powerful: one of them is a non-turbocharged 1.6-liter with just 113 horsepower, but the 127-hp, 1.7-liter CDTI diesel does crank the torque up to 222 pound-feet, well up from 148 lb-ft in the Ecotec 1.4-liter. We'll see it in person at the Geneva Motor Show in March, it will go on sale toward the end of this year, and there's a press release after the jump to get you ready to... Mokka.
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VAUXHALL ENTERS FRESH TERRITORY WITH ALL-NEW SMALL SUV

- New model expands Vauxhall portfolio in fast-growing European SUV market
- Choice of front or all-wheel drive, six-speed or auto transmissions
- Fresh and purposeful design combines with generous practicality
- Two petrol engines and one diesel, all with Start/Stop eco-tech


Luton (10/01/12) – These are the first official pictures of Vauxhall's new small SUV, which will take the company into new market territory when it's unveiled at this year's Geneva Motor Show in March.

Called the Mokka, the new model will enter the growing sub-compact SUV B-segment. The Mokka is 4.28metres long, yet despite its neat dimensions can accommodate five adults in comfort.

"The Mokka takes its design cues from larger SUVs and integrates them into a compact, yet modern form," said Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall's Chairman and Managing Director. "We are growing a compelling and diverse range of products that appeal both to retail and fleet customers, and the Mokka will complement this perfectly."

Choice of diesel and petrol engines; packed with technology
The Vauxhall Mokka blends functionality with a comfortable high seating position. It can be specified with all-wheel drive that seamlessly shifts torque to the rear wheels when required for better traction and handling. Power is provided by three efficient engines, all equipped with fuel saving Start/Stop technology. The petrol offer comprises a 115PS, 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated engine or a 140PS 1.4-litre Turbo with 200Nm of torque. The diesel is a 130PS 1.7 CDTI turbo with 300Nm of torque. Both the 1.4 Turbo and the 1.7 CDTI can be combined either with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.

The Mokka introduces new cutting edge technologies to the SUV B-segment, such as a string of Driver Assistance Systems at the hub of which is the Vauxhall Front Camera-there is also a rear view camera. In addition to a generous cargo volume, the Mokka offers the fully integrated, latest generation Flex-Fix bicycle carrier that is exclusive to Vauxhall. The user-friendly carrier is fully integrated in the rear underbody, functioning like a drawer and accommodating up to three bicycles at a time.

Bold SUV design combined with generous functionality
Muscular and attractive, the Mokka incorporates Vauxhall's signature 'blade' on the body side, sweeping towards the rear. The Mokka's sporty character is reinforced by its higher ground clearance as well as a 1540mm track. Its robust looks are further enhanced by 18" alloy wheels which are standard on most models.

In the interior, the new Mokka displays typical Vauxhall values such as versatility and user-friendly functionality, providing up to 1,372-litres of load space and 19 storage locations.

All-Wheel Drive, Front-Wheel Drive and exclusive technologies are available
The new Vauxhall Mokka will be available in Front-Wheel and All-Wheel Drive . The All-Wheel Drive System ensures a high level of stability and safety, extending Mokka's capabilities to more rugged environments. When handling and traction are put to the test, the system automatically and seamlessly transfers power to the rear wheels.

Standard features that enhance the driving experience across all models include Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control (TC) as well as Hill Start Assist (HAS) and Hill Descent Control (HDC ) systems – which improve driving comfort and safety in uphill or downhill terrain.

The Vauxhall Mokka brings cutting-edge upmarket technologies to the SUV B-segment. The Advanced Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL+) which increases driving safety is based on the 3rd generation Bi-Xenon lighting system that includes High Beam Assist (HBA). The new generation Vauxhall front camera system is also available, giving the driver access to a number of functions including Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Alert (FCA) and second generation Traffic Sign Recognition.

No other sub-compact SUV offers such a system that increases safety and driving comfort.

The Vauxhall Mokka will be available at Vauxhall dealerships towards the end of 2012.


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      Matthew
      • 2 Years Ago
      My major criticism here is that the Jonathan Ramsey pretends that the Mokka is a rebadged Buick when anyone with the sense God gave red brick can plainly see that the Encore is a rebadged Opel. I understand why GM is taking this tack. I can live with it. However, let us be honest. The only thing American in the design of the Encore is the look of the faux Buick grille. Admit it and move on.
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matthew
        opel does develop the better buicks, so your rant is nonsense
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matthew
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          Edward Ellsworth
          • 2 Years Ago
          Because he's saying it's not a real Buick, but a rebadged Opel. So the grille is just a fake applique of brand identity on a product with different DNA.
        design eye
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matthew
        It was sketched, modeled, and released in Warren, Michigan. Opel had a say in how close it would fit with the Opel product range.
      Mr. ROBoto
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a tall Suzuki SX4. GM can keep it, give me the granite!
      tenspeeder
      • 2 Years Ago
      This would fit better under the Equinox as a Chevy. Stick the Chevy grille on it and it would blend in well with the Sonic and future Spark
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      you mean the opel/vauxhall mokka eventually appeared as buick encore, right?!
        TangoR34
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lachmund
        Also it will be rebadged as Chevrolet in the South American market just like all opels/vauxhall, and people there will think it's a pure American-bred vehicle.
      Andrew Zotos Breslin
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but this car looks ridiculous as a Buick. It's much more suited to Vauxhall. Now that Saturn's gone, I would have slotted it under Chevy and called it a day.
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yet again, following the trail of Opel Insignia, a standard mass market car is rebadged with a luxury tag in the US. Not so long ago, GM rebadged Opels as budget Saturns.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Myself
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        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Myself
        But the Astra was a fine little hatchback, and GM totally fumbled its marketing here. They could have done so much more.
      Wetstuff
      • 2 Years Ago
      I agree with both A-B and M .. silly to drop a BUICK badge onto a teeny car. I guess they could slap about the same 'premium markup' with less material on a shorter WB. Typical GM logic. Jim
        rocketmoose
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Wetstuff
        How dare Buick make a small car! HOW DARE THEY!! /s
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        @Wetstuff
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          Jerry
          • 2 Years Ago
          And how is Smart selling in the US? Bad Omen?
      Kris
      • 2 Years Ago
      We get the better name. By "we" I mean Europe.
      BOXER
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a bubbly saturn re-bagged, there goes my tax money.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BOXER
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          Jerry
          • 2 Years Ago
          No it won't. Its a Daewoo/Opel joint venture. Any revenue made through sales will be more that overcome by warranty costs...
          Gordon Chen
          • 2 Years Ago
          I love my fit. I hope this car inspires Acura to make a Acura Fit.
      aatbloke1967
      • 2 Years Ago
      Autoblog, this car was largely developed by Opel - it's based on the new Meriva. The Mokka, along with the Encore, will be built in Korea by GM-DAT.
      narcszm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Forget Buick as a near-luxury marque, recognize that they are trying to go directly after Volkswagen, and it will begin to make more sense. This car was designed from the get-go to be a European competitior (as made evident here). In the last few years Buick has been successful attracting buyers with their attractive design, quality interiors and reasonable No one cries foul when Ford, Volkswagen (group) or Japanese manufacturers slap a different name, face, or grille on a car when sold in various global markets, but when GM does it, even successfully in cases such as Insignia/Regal, Holden/Chevrolet (in the middle east) and others, they are "back to their old ways that drove them to bankruptcy. I'm not buying it. No one has more data on failed attempts, and I believe GM is learning from it, as shown here.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @narcszm
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          Gordon Chen
          • 2 Years Ago
          I think buick is doing their own thing with the Verano and Encore: creating a new market and controlling it. I hope the Encore sells well it deserves it. Right now the Encore has only one deal breaker: no manual transmission. Me needz dat.
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @narcszm
        If it is intended to be a European competitor, they why will they not offer a manual transmission for the US market?
        narcszm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @narcszm
        *(reasonable price.)
      Fancy Sauce
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like an old pontiac vibe
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