BUICK ENCORE/OPEL MOKKA

 

The Opel/Vauxhall Mokka arrived in Europe in October 2012, and stopped in 2019, two years after GM left Opel.  After the Regal and Verano (Excelle XT/GT in China) the Mokka was the third Opel design to earn Buick exterior and outfit.  Adding a driven axle to a torsion beam rear suspension has been common practice in Japan from 1996 (starting with the Toyota Ipsum), and this German design appears to be the first non-Japanese application.

Buick Encore (G1UB)  China: November 2012, Canada: December 2012, USA: January 2013, Mexico: September 2013

The Chinese soon replaced the imported Opel 1.4-litre engine with their own design, gaining a 4% better fuel economy for the automatic model, risen to 10% in late 2016, when this transmission (and the engine) was improved.  After the Americans offered a stronger direct injection engine for the 2016 model year, the subcompact Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax combined sold better in North America (almost 200,000 in 2018) than the Mokka in Europe.  Opel decided to use this engine for their four-wheel-drive automatic models.  Chinese sales by 2017 declined to half of the 2014/2015 level.

platform:

Gamma II

Opel/Vauxhall Mokka

1335

kg

engines:

Opel

Opel/SAIC

Opel

Opel

Opel

Opel

rear suspension:

compound crank, coils

SUV

Family 0

SGM

SGE

Family I

Family I

MDE

ex Isuzu

wheelbase (cm):

255.5

4 cyl.

4 cyl.

4 cyl.

4 cyl.

4 cyl.

4 cyl.

4 cyl.

length from (cm):

427.8

DOHC

DOHC

DOHC

DOHC

DOHC

DOHC

DOHC

width (cm):

177.7

cc:

1364

1372

1399

1598

1796

1598

1686

injection

injection

dir. inj.

injection

injection

dir. inj.

dir. inj.

turbo

turbo

turbo

turbo

turbo

diesel

diesel

CIS:

Europe

12-19

Opel/Vauxhall Mokka (X)

12-19

16-18

12-18

12-15

14-19

12-15

fwd/awd

awd

fwd

fwd/awd

fwd/awd

fwd/awd

6M/6A

6A

5M

5M/6A

6M/6A

6M/6A

kW

88-103

112

85

103

81-100

96

kW

hp

120-140

152

115

140

110-136

130

hp

awd 140 6M

awd 6A

awd 136 6M

awd 6M

120 not Vxhll

China

12-19

Buick Encore (Angkela)

12-13

13-19

 suffix 16-

18T

fwd/awd

fwd/awd

6M/6A

6M/6A

kW

103

103-105

hp

140

140-143

l/100 km

6.9/7.6-8.0

6.8/7.3-7.7

16-

6.7/6.9-7.6

awd 6A

awd 6A

 

Canada

12-

Buick Encore

12-

15-

USA

13-

fwd/awd

fwd/awd

6A

6A

kW

103

112

hp

138

153

Mexico

13-

Buick Encore

13-

fwd

6A

kW

103

hp

138

 

Buick Encore (JBUB) China: 2nd half 2019

The successor to the first Encore was developed in China, together with the new Chevrolet Tracker, on the GEM platform, of course without the typical Opel upward sweeping body crease of the first generation.  As only 3% of the previous generation sold in China were four-wheel-drive, this option is available only on the larger Encore GX.  People who wanted a manual transmission had to opt for the Chevrolet Tracker.

platform:

GEM

Buick Encore (JBUB)

kg

engines:

GM

GM

rear suspension:

compound crank, coils

E-Tec

E-Tec

wheelbase (cm):

257

3 cyl.

3 cyl.

length from (cm):

429.5

DOHC

DOHC

width (cm):

179.8

cc:

999

1341

dir. inj.

dir. inj.

turbo

turbo

China

19-

Buick Encore (Angkela)

19-

19-

15T

20T

fwd

fwd

6A

CVT

kW

85

116

hp

116

158

l/100 km

5.5

5.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Buick Encore GX (9BYB)  China: 2nd half 2019

The larger Buick Encore GX on the 264 cm VSS platform  is equipped with the 3-cylinder 1341cc engine in China, mated to a CVT for the front-wheel-drive model, and a nine-speed automatic for the four-wheel-drive variant, as will its Chevrolet Trailblazer sibling.  The four-wheel-drive has the torsion beam rear suspension with Watt’s linkage.

platform:

VSS-F

Buick Encore GX

kg

engines:

GM

rear suspension:

compound crank, coils

E-Tec

awd: Watt's linkage

3 cyl.

wheelbase (cm):

264

DOHC

length from (cm):

446.3

cc:

1341

width (cm):

181.3

dir. inj.

turbo

China

19-

Buick Encore GX (Angkela GX)

19-

20T

fwd/awd

CVT/9A

kW

116

hp

158

l/100 km

5.9/6.6

 

 

Output data are approximate.

                                                         with thanks to carsalesbase.com pages

 

For more historical information on GM cars built in China (and Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, South Korea and Australia), see:
On a Global Mission: The Automobiles of General Motors International

 

Trax vs Encore

 

Far East Auto Literature

16 August, 2019