The new Opel Mokka SRi on test for Changing Lanes!

Opel Mokka 1.2 SRi (2021) Review

The new Opel Mokka SRi on test for Changing Lanes!
The new Opel Mokka SRi on test for Changing Lanes!

Caroline drives the 2021 Opel Mokka!

The Opel Mokka has returned to Ireland in 2021, a rejuventated offering for the popular compact SUV segment in Ireland. Available in electric for the first time, along with petrol and diesel variants, the Mokka’s new face is one that changes everything for the Opel brand.

Priced from €23,295 for a petrol, from €25,095 for a diesel, and from €33,038 for the all-electric Opel Mokka-e, the Mokka is shaping up as a very compelling and competitive offering.

Of course, Mokka has some history in Ireland, launched back in Ireland as a new compact SUV contender in 2012 and revamped in 2016. This car still has good visibility on Irish roads, but Mokka owners will be astounded by the step forward this new version has taken.

What's so hot about the 2021 Opel Mokka?

It’s the design that gets you first. The 2021 Opel Mokka is lighter and sleeker looking, with a genuine sporty bent to it. Opel has found new direction indeed, tapping into their history in motorsport and classic Opels like the Manta and GSi models to add some zest to a new generation of cars.

You cannot miss the striking new grille area. Opel call it the ‘Vizor’ face. It looks like nothing else on the road. This new family look is bestowed upon other models like the Crossland and Grandland SUVs, as well as the upcoming new Astra hatchback.

The Opel Mokka goes on sale in Ireland as petrol, diesel or electric
The Opel Mokka goes on sale in Ireland as petrol, diesel or electric

For style conscious buyers this one hits the mark! SRi models (from €24,795) like the Mokka on test really stand out with 17” black alloy wheels, red exterior detailing and a contrasting black roof! Other trim levels include the SC and Elite.

Standard equipment levels are good including traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, collision avoidance sensor with brake assist, pedestrian detection alert, electronic cruise control with speed limiter, rear parking sensors with rear view camera, air conditioning, 7” colour touchscreen, 7” colour driver instrument cluster, DAB radio and 16” alloy wheels.

Inside the 2021 Opel Mokka SRi

Inside there is an all-new dashboard design that follows the Opel new ‘Pure Panel’ philosophy. Take it as code for simplified, modern and minimalistic, and you will come close to the experience behind the wheel of the new Mokka.

Opel has worked hard to give this car a new personality and the red trim of the SRi model certainly spices things up. There is a full digital experience for the driver with a digital instrument cluster as standard and 7” colour touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. A multimedia system with 10” touchscreen and navigation is also available.

The interior of the 2021 Opel Mokka SRi
The interior of the 2021 Opel Mokka SRi

This is a compact vehicle but in terms of interior accommodation, it’s competitive for this class of vehicle with a decent show of legroom and headroom in the rear. The boot is also smartly sized at 350 litres. The new Mokka is a little bit wider than the car it replaces so there’s plenty of elbow room upfront. Rear seats split fold and there is also a false floor in the boot for added practicality.

What are my options?

Available across all three trims, petrol and diesel engines offer power outputs ranging from 100 hp to 130 hp. The petrol model is a 1.2-litre affair with 100 or 130 hp, and the option of a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic gearbox.

At Changing Lanes we tested the petrol automatic with 130 hp. It performs well with a good show of power and clever automatic that rarely misses a beat.

Buyers will also find a 1.5-litre diesel in the line-up with 110 hp and a 6-speed manual gearbox.

There’s also the exciting new all-electric Opel Mokka-e powered by an 50 kWh battery with 136 hp and a range of up to 324 km.

The very stylish all electric Opel Mokka-e
The very stylish all electric Opel Mokka-e

Driving the new Opel Mokka!

The Opel Mokka is the second model in the Opel range to use the CMP platform from parent company Stellantis, after the launch of the all-new Corsa in 2020. It’s lighter by up to 120 kg on some of the models in the range, while rigidity is up by 15%. It’s clear to see that the new Mokka is a far more efficient design, more aerodynamic with a lower centre of gravity. Opel engineers have worked hard to reduce squeaks and rattles and improve the acoustic quality, with an acoustic pack fitted as standard to further reduce road noise.

On the road, the Opel Mokka has a light and modern feel that makes it easy to handle and steer through any driving situation. It's a much improved car to drive now, refined and comfortable by class standards, with just the odd bump over ramps and the like on our test car’s 17” ‘shoes’! These cars are built to be autobahn-proof and the Mokka can surely hold its own on the motorway, staying in lane simply and confidently.

Did you like it?

Opel is definitely back in the game with the new Opel Mokka. There are more exciting models on the way. Changing Lanes loves a comeback kid and the new Opel Mokka has put its best game face on.

Choice is a key feature of the new Mokka range and Opel is to be commended for bringing such a selection to the compact crossover range. The petrol model on test offers a very good value entry into the Mokka range; the Mokka-e is a compelling option for buyers ready to make the switch to electric.

Mokka has taken a huge step forward. In design and technology, it can really now hold its own. It will stand out and adds a youth and vibrancy back to the Opel brand that was sorely missed.

The new Opel Mokka on sale now from €23,295
The new Opel Mokka on sale now from €23,295

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Opel Mokka 1.2 SRi Automatic
Price: 
€26,295
Engine: 
1.2-litre turbo petrol
Power: 130 hp
Torque: 230 Nm
Top speed: 200 km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 9.2 seconds
CO2 emissions: 
133-135 g/km
Motor Tax: 
€210 per year


The new Opel Astra will go on sale in Ireland in early 2022

Opel Astra (2022) On Way To Ireland!

The new Opel Astra will go on sale in Ireland in early 2022
The new Opel Astra will go on sale in Ireland in early 2022

Opel Ireland has confirmed that the new sixth generation Opel Astra will arrive in Ireland in early 2022, with prices and equipment to be released closer to launch.

Sheer, taut surfaces characterise this latest Astra and the German brand's distinctive new 'Vizor' face, seen already on the new Mokka and Crossland on sale in Ireland.

The 2022 Opel Astra will be available in petrol, diesel and for the very first time, as a plug-in hybrid.

Designed, developed and manufactured at Opel's headquarters in Germany, the new Opel Astra will launch as a sporty five-door with a low-slung look, yet it gains more interior space than its predecessor. Thanks to especially short front overhangs, the new Astra is only 4.0mm longer than the previous model, despite the considerably increased wheelbase of 2,675mm (+13mm). The new Astra's practical boot with adjustable floor still offers the driver and four passengers 422 litres of luggage volume.

The interior has also been radicalised with an all new 'Pure Panel' dashboard design similar to the latest Mokka. This expansive, digital cockpit features two 10-inch seamlessly integrated horizontal displays. With a shutter-like layer that prevents upward reflections in the windscreen, the design has dispensed of a hood over the displays, to further enhance the high-tech functionality and ambience.

Key settings such as climate control can still be operated via physical controls in the form of finely crafted keys, said to achieve the optimum balance between digitisation and intuitive operation. There is no need for cables either since the new generation of infotainment systems can be connected as standard on all model variants to wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, operated by voice control or by touch.

The interior of the new Astra
The interior of the new Astra

Opel's ergonomic AGR seats feature with the position of the front seats now 12mm lower than in the previous model, further enhancing the feeling of a sporty drive. A wide range of optional adjustments are on offer, from electric tilt to electro-pneumatic lumbar support. In Nappa leather-trim, they offer ventilation, massage for the driver and heating at the rear as well as the front. Seats trimmed in Alcantara are also available.

The new Astra is based on the third generation of the highly flexible EMP2 multi-energy architecture, with Opel DNA built in from the start of development. The steering and lateral stiffness of the chassis are designed for high control. The torsional rigidity of new Astra is 14% higher than its predecessor model. Like every Opel, the all-new Astra is "Autobahnproof": high-speed capability was a primary development objective.

The new Astra's architecture also incorporates the latest automated driver assistance systems. In addition to the multifunction camera in the windscreen, the technology comprises four body cameras (one at the front, one at the rear and one on each side), five radar sensors (one at the front and one at each corner), as well as ultrasonic sensors front and rear. This enables the system to adapt speed in curves, make speed recommendations and perform semi-automatic lane changes. Hands-off detection, rear cross-traffic alert, long-range blind-spot detection, active lane positioning, adaptive cruise control, Stop & Go are all features, dependent on trim and transmission.

The latest evolution of the adaptive Intelli-Lux LED® Pixel light comes straight from Opel's flagship Insignia and, with 168 LED elements, is said to lead the way in the compact and midsize market sectors.

The new Astra will be available from the start of sales with powerful plug-in hybrid electric drive as well as petrol and diesel engines, electrifying Opel's compact class model for the first time in the brand's history. Power ranges from 110hp to 130hp with the petrol and diesel variants and up to 225hp output with the plug-in hybrid variants. A six-speed gearbox is standard on the petrol and diesel power units, with an eight-speed automatic transmission (electrified on the plug-in hybrids) optional on the more powerful engines.

Order books for the new Astra open this autumn with first deliveries due to customers early next year.

New Astra will debut plug-in hybrid for the first time
New Astra will debut plug-in hybrid for the first time

The new Opel Grandland will arrive in Ireland before the end of 2021

Opel Grandland Gets A New Look For 2021

The new Opel Grandland will arrive in Ireland before the end of 2021
The new Opel Grandland will arrive in Ireland before the end of 2021

The Opel Grandland is getting a makeover, with a new look unveiled today by the German brand.

Designed and produced in Germany, and available in petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid four-wheel drive variants, the new Grandland will arrive in Ireland at the end of the year.

The latest Grandland will get the new Opel Vizor brand face, like other models in the range - Mokka and Crossland. The Grandland name and the Opel Blitz brand logo now stand in the middle of the rear tailgate.

Further accents are set by the bumpers and side panels, now painted in body colour, as well as the underbody skid-plates in high-gloss black and silver. The new Grandland is also available in Opel's characteristic two-tone paint for the roof.

The inside of the car will also receive an update with a fully digital Pure Panel, which features two wide screens in a single unit. The central touchscreen faces the driver and will be available up to 10" in size.

Connectivity and entertainment are provided by infotainment systems that are also compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android. The top-of-the-line Multimedia Navi Pro delivers real-time traffic information, online map updates and predictive navigation. Wireless charging in the centre console is also available.

Updated interior for the Opel Grandland
Updated interior for the Opel Grandland

The new Opel Grandland features numerous assistance systems: night vision, highway integration assist, 360-degree panorama camera, automatic parking assistant, blind spot warning system, front collision warning with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, drowsiness detection and cruise control. Other new features will include adaptive IntelliLux LED® Pixel Lights, Night Vision and semi-adaptive Highway Integration Assist making it a technology match for the Insignia and strengthening its position as Opel's flagship SUV.

Opel will open the order books for the newly developed SUV flagship in a few weeks' time.


The new Opel Crossland on test for Changing Lanes!

Opel Crossland (2021) Review

The new Opel Crossland on test for Changing Lanes!
The new Opel Crossland on test for Changing Lanes!

Caroline drives the 2021 Opel Crossland!

Someone got a new face! The Opel Crossland returns to Ireland to start a new life in the blossoming Opel range of crossovers and SUVs. A snazzy facelift for the Crossland in the shape of Opel’s new ‘Vizor’ face gives Crossland a more contemporary look, with no compromise to its spacious and practical cabin.

On sale from €22,795, the Crossland range speaks simplicity with a choice of petrol and diesel engines. It sits alongside the new Opel Mokka in Opel’s range, but offers a different vibe with more focus on practicality and some good value pricing in a simple range with three trim levels – SC, SRI and Elite.

What's new for the 2021 Opel Crossland?

You may recall the Opel Crossland X debuted in Ireland back in 2017. Now it’s dropped the ‘X’ from its name and the latest version arrives in Ireland at a time of rejuvenation in the Opel house. The new Opel Mokka, which we reviewed earlier this year for Changing Lanes, is the true style-setter and renaissance car for the brand. But the Crossland will carry the baton for a more traditional customer who values simplicity, practicality and ‘bang for your buck’.

The new Crossland goes on sale priced from €22,795 in Ireland
The new Crossland goes on sale priced from €22,795 in Ireland

The Crossland range kicks off with a 1.2-litre petrol engine with 83 bhp and a five speed manual gearbox. There is also a 1.5-litre diesel with 110 bhp and a petrol automatic with 130 bhp.

The Vizor face is striking and will only grow in recognition as this new generation of Opels hit the road over the coming months. There are some rugged crossover-style features like a silver skid plate and cladding around the wheel arches. The new Crossland also promises extra comfort, technology equipment and features an improved chassis.

What's it like inside?

The cabin is straightforward but features a touchscreen as standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. There is an elevated driving position behind the wheel, with large windows and windscreen making it bright and welcoming. A high roof line gives a real feeling of space and buyers will find a generous passenger compartment considering the price point of this car. The rear footwells are a good size for a compact. The boot also offers depth and a handy hatchback-style opening with capacity of 410 litres.

Standard equipment includes hill start assist, cruise control with speed limiter, lane departure warning, enhanced traffic sign recognition, 6 airbags, leather steering wheel, manual air conditioning, rain sensing windscreen, automatic lights, 7” touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto, DAB radio, USB connectivity and 12-volt socket.

Inside the new Opel Crossland
Inside the new Opel Crossland

The SRi model has park assist front and rear, rear view camera, AGR driver’s seat, 8-way driver seat adjustment with driver seat cushion extension and lumbar support, ambient white LED cabin lighting, driver’s armrest, half-leather effect upholstery trim, a painted two-tone roof, tinted rear privacy windows, silver skid plates, 16” alloy wheels and LED front fog lamps.

The range-topping Elite trim includes leather upholstery, AGR driver’s seat and passenger seat, 8-way passenger seat adjustment with seat cushion extension and lumbar support, heated front seats, heated leather steering wheel, electronic dual zone climate control, an upgraded central console with lidded storage, sliding split folding rear seats with armrest, a 3.52 colour driver instrument display, a rear 12-volt socket and 16” alloy wheel upgrade.

Driving the Opel Crossland

My test car was powered by the 1.2-litre petrol engine with 83 bhp. It’s a basic engine but it does return competitive economy for a small petrol crossover. Over a week of driving my average fuel consumption was 6.1 litres per 100 km, while motor tax for this model is €210 per year.

It gets by on performance, with 0 to 100 km/h a leisurely 14 seconds in this entry level petrol model.

This car can amble along fine but if you do more motorway driving, the diesel will keep the revs down at cruising speeds. Certainly, keener drivers will favour the sharper and more fun to drive Opel Mokka.

The new Crossland offers buyers a simple and practical compact crossover
The new Crossland offers buyers a simple and practical compact crossover

Did you like it?

The Opel Crossland gets a little more than we usually expect when it comes to a revamp. The new Vizor face gives the car a more contemporary presence, but with no compromise to that practical interior.

The Crossland offers a simple range powered by petrol or diesel, but there is certainly value to be found here. With a good level of standard equipment, even entry models offer the essentials.

With a focus on space and practicality, the Crossland’s roots are more mini-MPV than SUV. This means the car’s design offers buyers a more spacious and practical vehicle.

It may not have the outright star appeal and uber-modern design of the Mokka, but Opel is confident that there is still a place for the Crossland in the showroom.

The new Opel Crossland on sale in Ireland now
The new Opel Crossland on sale in Ireland now

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Opel Crossland 1.2 Elite 
Price: 
€25,795
Engine: 
1.2-litre petrol
Power: 
83 hp
Torque: 
118 Nm
0-100km/h: 
14 seconds
Top speed: 
170 km/h
Fuel economy: 4.6-4.7 l/100 km
CO2 emissions (WLTP): 
135 g/km
Motor Tax: 
€210 per year

 


The new Opel Mokka-e on test for Changing Lanes

Opel Mokka (2021) Arrives In Ireland!

The new Opel Mokka-e on test for Changing Lanes
The new Opel Mokka-e on test for Changing Lanes back in February

Opel Ireland has confirmed that the new Opel Mokka has arrived now at Opel dealers nationwide.

Following on from the launch of the updated Opel Crossland earlier in the year, the new Opel Mokka goes on sale from €23,295 plus delivery related charges.

For the first time it will be available as an all-electric model - the Opel Mokka-e - along with petrol and diesel versions.

Available in SC, SRI and Elite trims, standard equipment on the entry level SC trim includes enhanced traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, collision avoidance sensor with brake assist, pedestrian detection alert, electronic cruise control with speed limiter, rear parking sensors with rear view camera, air conditioning, 7” colour touchscreen, 7” colour driver instrument cluster, DAB radio and 16” alloy wheels.

The sporty SRI trim, retailing from €24,795 plus delivery, gains heated driver and front passenger seats, electronic climate control, rain sensing front windscreen wipers, electro-chrome rear view mirror, auto lights, front centre armrest, sports alloy pedals, SRI red interior trim, leather-effect seat trim, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 2 additional USB ports in the rear, a black painted roof, tinted rear window privacy glass, 17” alloy wheels and LED front fog lamps.

The luxurious Elite trim, retailing from €27,795 plus delivery, adds driver seat massage function, leather upholstery, 10” colour touchscreen with navigation, an enhanced 12” multi-colour driver instrument cluster and  17” bi-colour black alloy wheels.

Available across all three trims, petrol and diesel engines offer power outputs ranging from 100 hp to 130 hp.

Available in SRI and Elite trims, the all-electric Opel Mokka-e produces 100kW (136 hp) and 260 Nm maximum torque. In the WLTP cycle, the 50 kWh battery enables a range of up to 324 kilometres before recharging is required. A 100 kW DC fast-charger replenishes 80% of the battery in just 30 minutes. Opel offers an eight-year/160,000km warranty for the battery.

James Brooks, Managing Director at Leeson Motors, Opel Importer in Ireland, said:

“The arrival of the new Opel Mokka, together with the Crossland, heralds the beginning of an exciting new era for the Opel brand. Sporting a daring, stand-out exterior, a breath-taking interior and boasting a high level of standard comfort and safety features, the new Opel Mokka is fun, efficient, robust and innovative. With Dealers reporting strong customer enquiries already, our new Mokka is destined to change the perception of our brand and to be a true success with many existing Mokka customers and conquest buyers alike.”

The new Opel Mokka on sale now in Ireland
The new Opel Mokka on sale now in Ireland

The new Opel Mokka-e on test for Changing Lanes

Opel Mokka-e Review (2022)

The new Opel Mokka-e on test for Changing Lanes
The new Opel Mokka-e on test for Changing Lanes

Read Caroline's Opel Mokka-e review for everything you need to know about Opel's new small electric SUV in Ireland.

What's so special about the Opel Mokka-e?

The Opel Mokka-e is Opel's new all-electric crossover. It will go on sale in Ireland in April, with petrol and diesel versions also available. Caroline tested the 2021 Opel Mokka-e around Dublin and Wicklow to find out more about this exciting new model for the Opel brand in Ireland! Opel has marketed the Opel Mokka in Ireland since 2012. At Changing Lanes, we've been lucky to follow the Mokka's journey since the beginning.

Styling

The Opel Mokka has radical new styling that is a new direction for the German brand. The car has a lighter, sportier and slimmer appearance; in fact it's now more of a crossover than an SUV, with a hatchback-style. But there's been a heavy addition of attitude: plastic cladding around the wheel arches, angular blacked out grille, two tone roof and optional black bonnet. The Mokka was lacking distinction in the popular B-SUV segment. Not any more!

Interior

The theme of renewal continues inside with an all-new interior for the 2021 Opel Mokka. It will be recognisable as an Opel to any previous Mokka owners who sit in. But it's had a detox in line with a bright new future. A full digital instrument panel keeps the driver updated with relevant information like speed and battery range. There is also a new touchscreen angled towards the driver, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The interior is well-built with our test car sporting some stylish grey panelling and fabric inserts on the doors. Everything works and functions correctly with spot on material quality. We would just love to see a little more character inside the car in line with that exterior fizz.

The interior of the new Opel Mokka-e
The interior of the new Opel Mokka-e

Is it practical?

The Opel Mokka is a five seat crossover that has been built upon a bespoke multi-energy platform that can accommodate petrol, diesel or electric powertrain. This is important because it means there is no compromise to passenger space and boot volume inside the car, regardless which model you go for. The Mokka-e is a compact vehicle. But as an average sized female adult, I felt comfortable in the back. Taller passengers may feel more squeezed for legroom and headroom. The new Mokka is a little bit wider than the car it replaces so there's plenty of elbow room upfront. Rear seats split fold and there is also a false floor in the boot for added practicality. The volume is 350 litres - not huge but practical enough for day to day needs.

Battery, Range & Performance

The new Opel Mokka-e uses a 50 kWh battery with a system output of 136 hp. There are a number of driving modes to alter performance and efficiency - Sport, Normal and Eco. The WLTP range is 324 km. But bear in mind how many kilometres you can get from the car will depend upon things like the ambient temperature, driving style and the speed. Opel offers an eight-year/160,000km warranty for the battery.

Charging

If stopping to use the public charging points, the Mokka-e's battery can be fully charged to 80% in about 25 minutes with a 100 kW charger. Or 80 minutes with a 50 kW charger. Charging at home is most efficient using a wallbox. It can charge the car in about 7 hours using the 7 kW onboard charger. Or try 22 hours with a three point plug!

The new Opel Mokka-e has an estimated range of 324 km on electric power
The new Opel Mokka-e has an estimated range of 324 km on electric power

Other engines

The new Mokka is also available with petrol and diesel engines. The 1.2-litre petrol engine is available with 110 hp or 130 hp. The 1.5-litre diesel is available with 110 hp. 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic gearboxes are available. The diesel is the best for economy with fuel consumption of 4.5l/100km and CO2 emissions of 118g/km.

Driving the new Mokka-e

The Opel Mokka is the second model in the Opel range to use the CMP platform from parent company PSA, after the launch of the all-new Corsa in 2020. It's lighter by up to 120 kg on some of the models in the range, while rigidity is up by 15%. It's clear to see that the new Mokka is a far more efficient design, more aerodynamic with a lower centre of gravity. Opel engineers have worked hard to reduce squeaks and rattles and improve the acoustic quality, with an acoustic pack fitted as standard to further reduce road noise. Being German it's Autobhan proof too! This translates on the road to a steady secure feeling from the steering that keeps the car in lane easily. Compared to the previous Mokka, this car is a revelation thanks to its new platform and 'weight loss'. It feels fun and agile on the road, while the Mokka-e goes about its business silently, with smooth responses from the controls.

Equipment

According to Opel Ireland, standard equipment will include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, LED lamps at the front and rear, an electric parking brake and traffic sign recognition. More information on trim levels and equipment will be announced closer to the launch. Dependant on trim, other available features will include six-way ergonomic seats, heated leather seats, massage function, a 180-degree panorama rear-view camera, navigation, Advanced Cruise Control, Active Lane Positioning, wireless smartphone charging, and glare-free, IntelliLux LED® matrix lights, unique to the segment.

100 kW high speed charging is possible with the new Mokka-e
100 kW rapid charging is possible with the new Mokka-e

Anything else?

Official pricing has not been released yet but indicated pricing is from €23,500 for the 1.2-litre petrol (110 hp) manual. The Mokka-e is available from €33,000 (including VRT relief and SEAI grant) for the Mokka-e all-electric version. It will be sold exclusively in the high spec SRi trim.

Rivals

The new Opel Mokka and Opel Mokka-e will take on some established competition like the Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008/e-2008, Nissan Juke, and Hyundai Kona/ Kona Electric.

 

Did you like it?

The new Opel Mokka and Opel Mokka-e will be an exciting new addition to the Opel range, in the popular B-SUV segment. The Mokka will build on the success of the Opel Corsa in 2020. But this could arguably be Opel's year to go stellar.

The Mokka is now a car transformed with character and presence that will command attention on the road. The new interior is smart and well-appointed, with the addition of a new digital instrument cluster and touchscreen giving an on-trend, widescreen effect.

Opel is leading the renewal of their brand in Ireland with a clever multi-energy platform that sees buyers presented with more choice than ever before - petrol, diesel or electric. We expect the Mokka-e to be one to watch, combining the striking looks with an exciting new EV powertrain and range of up to 324 km.

Welcome back Mokka!

The new Mokka will put Opel on the map again
The new Mokka will put Opel on the map again

Caroline Kidd


The new Opel Crossland on sale in Ireland now

Opel Crossland (2021) Arrives In Ireland

The new Opel Crossland on sale in Ireland now
The new Opel Crossland on sale in Ireland now

The updated Opel Crossland has arrived in Ireland, and goes on sale priced from €22,395 plus dealer delivery related charges.

Opel's revamped compact crossover has dropped the X from its name and has a brand new front end design that is a signature of a new generation of vehicles from the German automotive brand.

The new Crossland also promises extra comfort and technology equipment, and features an improved chassis.

Available in seven different body colours, the 2021 Opel Crossland comes with a choice of three trim levels - SC, SRI and a range-topping Elite trim. Engine options include a 1.2-litre petrol engine with 5-speed manual gearbox; a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine with 6-speed automatic; and a 1.5-litre turbo diesel with 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox. Power ranges from 83 bhp to 130 bhp.

With prices starting from €22,395 plus dealer delivery related charges, standard equipment on the entry level SC includes hill start assist, cruise control with speed limiter, lane departure warning, enhanced traffic sign recognition, 6 airbags, leather steering wheel, manual air conditioning, rain sensing windscreen, automatic lights, 7” touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto, DAB radio, USB connectivity and 12-volt socket.

The sporty SRI trim, from €23,895 plus delivery, includes park assist front and rear, rear view camera, AGR driver’s seat, 8-way driver seat adjustment with driver seat cushion extension and lumbar support, ambient white LED cabin lighting, driver’s armrest, half-leather effect upholstery trim, a painted two-tone roof, tinted rear privacy windows, silver skid plates, 16” alloy wheels and LED front fog lamps.

Inside the new Opel Crossland
Inside the new Opel Crossland

The range topping Elite trim, from €25,395 plus delivery, includes leather upholstery, AGR driver’s seat and passenger seat, 8-way passenger seat adjustment with seat cushion extension and lumbar support, heated front seats, heated leather steering wheel, electronic dual zone climate control, an upgraded central console with lidded storage, sliding split folding rear seats with armrest, a 3.52 colour driver instrument display, a rear 12-volt socket and 16” alloy wheel upgrade.

James Brooks, Managing Director at Leeson Motors, Irish Importer of Opel, said:

“The new Crossland of course retains all the key ingredients the Crossland X predecessor model had, that made it such a success for Irish buyers. Comfortable, practical, spacious, keenly priced and powered by efficient engines, our new Crossland model now brings to market the stand-out, new Opel front style signature and a smart new rear finish. Many more comfort and safety features have been added, to offer a really attractive package for drivers looking for the perfect compact family crossover with SUV looks.”

He continued: “The arrival of the all-new Crossland heralds the start of a complete rejuvenation of the Opel model line-up in 2021. We look forward to 2021 with confidence, on the foot of a strong January performance, with the excellent new Crossland now in our stable, and in anticipation of all-new Mokka, an electrified Zafira-e Life, our first all-electric light commercial vehicle, the new Vivaro-e, just crowned International Van of the Year 2021, and many more new model unveilings to follow this year.”

The exciting new Opel Mokka will be next to arrive in Ireland, along with the all-new electric Mokka-e.

2021 Opel Crossland goes on sale priced from €22,395
2021 Opel Crossland goes on sale priced from €22,395

The 2021 Opel Crossland has been confirmed for Ireland

2021 Opel Crossland Gets A New Look

The 2021 Opel Crossland has been confirmed for Ireland
The 2021 Opel Crossland has been confirmed for Ireland

Opel has revealed the first photos of the revamped Opel Crossland, which will go on sale in Ireland at the beginning of 2021.

The compact crossover will adopt Opel's new 'Vizor' front face signature, first seen on the new Opel Mokka, which is also expected to arrive in Ireland for 2021.

Changes will include an improved chassis, extra comfort and technology features and a new sporty SRi Line trim. Opel Ireland has confirmed powertrains and equipment will be announced closer to launch.

New exterior style features, trim dependent, include front and rear skid plates, LED front fog lamps, chrome door mouldings, plus an all-new range of 16 and 17-inch light-alloy wheels. A new SRi Line version will add black 16-inch light-alloy wheels, a black roof and red signature daylight opening. The SRi Line + will add black 17-inch light-alloy wheels, AGR-certified ergonomic seats for driver and front passenger, adaptive full LED headlamps, LED taillights and roof rails.

Other technology features will include Forward collision alert with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection, Driver Drowsiness Alert, Side Blind Spot Alert, Panoramic Rear View Camera and Automatic Park Assist.

IntelliGrip will be available as an option on the 2021 Opel Crossland. This adaptive traction control system enables optimum traction and stability on all kinds of surface, thanks to its five mode settings of Normal, Snow, Mud, Sand and ESP. The driver can choose between the settings to best suit road conditions.

The interior of the new Crossland
The interior of the new Crossland

There will be a range of infotainment systems available including the top of the range Multimedia Navi Pro with 8.0-inch colour touch screen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will also be available, as will wireless smartphone charging.

Flexibility will also be a feature of the new Crossland range with individually sliding and reclining rear seats. They come with a 60/40 split and slide by up to 150 mm, increasing boot space from 410 to 520 litres.

Opel engineers in Rüsselsheim, Germany, have also developed new springs and dampers for the McPherson strut front suspension and the torsion-beam rear axle. In combination with the new steering column intermediate shaft, which improves steering precision and centre-feel, the chassis of the new Crossland is said to deliver an optimum balance of comfort and agility.

James Brooks, Managing Director at Leeson Motors, Irish Importer of Opel, said:

"The unveiling of the all-new Crossland heralds the start of a complete rejuvenation of the Opel model line-up. We look forward to 2021 with confidence in anticipation of all new Crossland, the all-new Mokka, an electrified Zafira-e Life and our first all-electric light commercial vehicle, the new Vivaro-e, with many more new models to follow within 12 months."


The 2021 Opel Mokka

Opel Mokka To Make Bold Comeback To Ireland In 2021

The 2021 Opel Mokka
The 2021 Opel Mokka

Opel has revealed the first official images of the new Mokka, due in Ireland in early 2021. The new generation of Opel Mokka debuts a new design direction for the German brand that is sure to garner it a few new fans in the hotly contested compact crossover segment.

What's more the new Mokka will continue the brand's move to electrification and be available from launch with an all-electric powertrain ('Mokka-e'), alongside variants with petrol and diesel engines.

The 2021 Opel Mokka will also debut a new digital interior cockpit, dubbed the Opel Pure Panel.

Michael Lohscheller, Opel CEO said:

"The new Mokka is a head-turner, destined to change the perception of our brand! With the Mokka, we are reinventing Opel and introducing our design of the next decade. It shows everything the brand stands for today and in the future: the Mokka is fun, efficient and innovative in all respects. In addition, it perfectly embodies the Opel brand values - exciting, approachable, German - in the most progressive way. It is the first Opel that is electric right from its market start; a real proof that Opel goes electric."

Bold, crossover style for 2021 Opel Mokka

Invented by design chief Mark Adams and his team, the Opel Vizor front face will feature on all of the brand's models throughout the 2020s. The 'Vizor' is punctuated by the Opel Blitz logo in the centre. At the rear, the strong, new visual brand identity continues, with thin, LED-rear lights.

The new Mokka will have a slightly longer wheelbase (+2 mm) than its predecessor, short overhangs and wide stance. Opel promises plenty of cabin room for five passengers and a similar 350 litres of boot space.

Mark Adams, Opel Design Vice President, said:

"Bold and pure, this is what the Opel design of the future will look like. The new Mokka shows athletic proportions combined with precisely structured, flowing surfaces. We have developed this philosophy aligned to characteristic German design, combining progressive bold design with purity."

Inside the new Mokka debuts an exciting new interior concept for the Opel brand
Inside the new Mokka debuts an exciting new interior concept for the Opel brand

Inside the new Mokka

The new Mokka will be built on Opel's Common Modular Platform, which allows the installation of an electric powertrain or an internal combustion engine without impacting the cabin space of the vehicle. The engineering team in Rüsselsheim, Germany, has saved up to 120 kg versus the previous generation of the car. Yet body stiffness has been enhanced, gaining up to 30% torsional stiffness in the case of the electric version, with its low-sitting integrated battery structure. Opel says this means new Mokka consumes substantially less energy, while being much more responsive, agile and fun to drive.

Inside the vehicle, the Mokka debuts an extraordinary new interior concept for the Opel brand. The new Opel Pure Panel will be available with two wide screens of up to 10 and 12 inches in size. The central display is tilted to the driver and will store the latest technologies and most important driver information. There will still be control buttons for essential functions. The design of the centre console too has been cleaned up, thanks to an electric parking brake and the new electric gear lever.

Opel says that standard equipment will include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, LED lamps at the front and rear, an electric parking brake and traffic sign recognition. Dependant on trim, equipment includes six-way ergonomic seats, heated leather seats, massage function, a 180-degree panorama rear-view camera, navigation, Advanced Cruise Control, Active Lane Positioning, wireless smartphone charging, and glare-free, IntelliLux LED® matrix lights.

What about the Opel Mokka-e?

The Opel Mokka-e electric crossover will arrive at the same time as the rest of the new Mokka range. The new Mokka-e's electric motor will deliver 100 kW (136 hp) and 260 Nm of torque. Drivers will also be available to choose between three drive modes: Normal, Eco and Sport. The electronically limited top speed is 150 kmh to preserve energy stored in the 50 kWh battery and the range. 100 kW DC fast charging will be available, able to replenish 80% of the battery in just 30 minutes. The Opel Mokka-e has a purely battery-electric range of up to 322 kilometres according to WLTP in Normal mode. The battery will be covered by an eight-year warranty.

Opel Ireland has confirmed that the new Opel Mokka will be on sale here from late summer 2020, with the first cars arriving in dealer showrooms in early 2021.

2020 has already seen the launch of two new electrified cars from the brand, the Opel Corsa-e and the Opel Grandland X hybrids.

The new Mokka will be available wil electric, petrol and diesel engines
The new Mokka will be available with electric, petrol and diesel engines

Opel Ireland is offering EV customers more with a collaboration with Energia

Opel Ireland Announces Collaboration With Energia

Opel Ireland is offering EV customers more with a collaboration with Energia
Opel Ireland is offering EV customers more with a collaboration with Energia

Opel Ireland has announced a collaboration with Energia, Ireland’s leading independent energy provider, in a bid to simplify the transition to electric vehicles for Irish consumers.

The partnership offers all eligible Opel customers a comprehensive Energia bundle when they purchase an electrified Opel vehicle, including free installation of a smart domestic charger. Customers will also benefit from a 20% discount off Energia’s 100% renewable energy supply. Opel says that this equates to up to 11,000 kilometres worth of free driving and "fulfilling a truly sustainable, end-to-end eco-friendly mobility solution".

The partnership has been announced as the first deliveries of the new electric Corsa-e and the new Grandland X plug-in hybrids arrive in Opel dealers this month.

The promotion is open to friends and family and sees the offer of a €750 Opel eco-booster towards the purchase of the all new Corsa-e or Grandland X PHEV models, for all existing Energia customers.

James Brooks, Managing Director at Opel Ireland, said:

“The coming years are hugely important for Opel as we move to offer an electrified version of our entire range of passenger cars and light commercial models by 2024. We are very excited to partner with Energia, enabling our customers to experience all the benefits of owning an electric vehicle, in a seamless and most importantly, in a sustainable fashion. Customers simply visit their local Opel dealer, select their new electric or hybrid vehicle, check their SEAI grant eligibility and Energia will take care of the rest.”

Gary Ryan, Managing Director at Energia Group Customer Solutions said:

“Energia supplies around 25% of the island of Ireland’s total electricity requirements and 21% of total wind power, meeting the energy needs of over 250,000 homes and businesses.”

He continued: “We are proud to be a key enabler in the decarbonisation of transport on the island of Ireland and we are delighted to partner with Opel Ireland to offer motorists the ultimate, streamlined EV experience. For many, the opportunity to have a smart charging point installed in their home, that is powered from 100% renewable energy, will make this transition even more attractive. It will give consumers a clear choice about the energy they are using to power their electric cars and allow them to truly reduce their carbon footprint. This collaboration is an exciting one for consumers and we look forward to responding to increasing demand for EV vehicles in the coming years.”