Opel introduces Mokka X ahead of official unveiling in Geneva [gallery] image

The German automaker has taken the wraps off its new Mokka X crossover ahead of the official worldwide public introduction during March’s 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

The Mokka X is not a new version of the small crossover, but is actually the Rüsselsheim-based brand’s way of introducing the model’s facelift – which has been teased by the marquee for quite a while – and now we have the first official pictures and details about the production version. The high-clearance model adopts the “X” moniker and comes with a refreshed exterior styling that primarily features the new horizontal grille which has a shape inspired by a wing. If you’re willing to pay extra, Opel will equip the Mokka X with adaptive LED headlights and LED taillights, lending the small crossover the character of a more upscale vehicle. There are also new colors available, including Amber Orange and Absolute Red or a new design for the LED daytime running lights again matching the wing inspiration.

Inside the cabin we noticed the refreshed dashboard that takes cues from the recently introduced Astra compact – it also boasts a range of seven- or eight-inch touchscreens. Additionally, the freshness is enhanced by the automaker’s choice to drop many physical buttons as their functions are handled by the touch-based infotainment system.

The engine range is supplemented by a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine with 152 horsepower (112 kilowatts) snatched from the Astra compact and mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. Auto start/stop is also available and the transmission uses an adaptive all-wheel drive system. Other upgrades have been operated to the Opel Eye front camera (higher resolution and better image processing power), the Traffic Sign Assistant system and you can also have the Mokka with amenities such as Following Distance Indication, Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Departure Warning.