First ride: engines offensive from Rüsselsheim very quietly

The Whisper Diesel in Mocha and Insignia
The Whisper Diesel from Rüsselsheim in Mocha and Insignia
Modern 1.6 diesel generator
Modern 1.6 diesel generator

Opel invites again to Ireland. In the year 1972 it was the 90 PS diesel engine in the GT, the Rüsselsheimer presented on the green island. Today, it is as part of the current engine offensive, the new diesel engines in the new mocha and Insignia.

Once we arrive on the island, we first learn how our brain works, how it has to concentrate fully in order to finally accept the left half of the lane as the "normal" side. Let's get a first glimpse of the new 1.6 CTDI in the mocha, in order to be able to experience the 2.0 CTDI in the Insignia during the day.

Launched in October 2012, the mocha launched in Europe. With a market share of 17% in 21 countries, the small SUV can be seen. The diesel share is not insignificant about 40%. Opel wants to improve this situation and now replaces the 1.7 liter diesel with the new 1.6 CTDI.

It is impossible to imagine the traffic scene without it
It is impossible to imagine the traffic scene without it

The new diesel

A new 1.6 CTDI diesel engine? Not really. As the Opel team from Germany assured us, this engine variant is now only in the new mocha for the first time. Since 2013, the all-aluminum four-cylinder engine is already working in two performance levels in the Zafira Tourer. It was followed by the Meriva with three power levels and the Astra also with three power levels including the sporty Astra GTC. Already in these vehicles, the new unit caused a stir as spirited Whisper Diesel. Now it is supposed to power the almost 1,5 tons of heavy mocha.

As in the other vehicles, the 1.6 CTDI also produces 100 kW and 136 hp at 3.500 - 4.000 revolutions. Thanks to the lightweight construction, the combined consumption should only be 4,1 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers with 109 grams of CO2 per kilometer driven. The torque of 320 Newton meters should bring the car forward very powerfully.

This was confirmed very quickly on our drive from Dublin Airport. On the route that mainly takes the motorway to the first meeting point, the mocha shows that it is always able to confidently increase it again. The six-speed automatic transmission brings the combination of power and drive to the road very well.

Press conference on both engines
Press conference on both engines

Quiet? Yes!

After a short stop, you continue on typical Irish country roads. Bumps and potholes the mocha picks up very well and does not even pass them on to the inmates. In the interior, the soundproofing convinced and we already feel the engine as very quiet.

Also important for agricultural use
Also important for agricultural use

In the future, Opel will be able to use the mocha even more in agriculture and forestry in this engine, as the vehicle's tractive power has been increased by 1.7 kg to 300 kg compared to the previous 1.500 CTDI.

No rainbow price with € 18.990
No rainbow price with € 18.990

Whispering through Ireland

The mocha is available with the manual six-speed manual transmission from a price of € 24.685. This corresponds to the medium equipment line "Edition", which has a wide range of standard equipment. The next higher equipment variant "Innovation" is already available for € 2.200. All that's missing are the six-speed automatic transmission with € 1.300 and the 4 × 4 all-wheel drive, which costs € 2.000.

Day 2 in Ireland with lots of sunshine and the Insignia 2.0 CTDI Tourer. The top diesel from Opel should not only be very quiet like the 1.6 CTDI, but also exemplary clean. The Bluejection SCR system designed in Rüsselsheim is used in this vehicle and makes nitrogen oxide emissions a thing of the past. Small amounts of AdBlue® - a liquid made of water and urea - are added to the exhaust gas after flowing through the particle filter and upstream of the SCR catalytic converter. The resulting ammonia (NH3) is absorbed by the SCR catalytic converter.

Start with the Insignia in the next test day
Start with the Insignia in the next test day

The production figures of the Insignia speak for themselves, since since the European launch in the fall of 2008 the vehicle was sold until mid-January 2015 whole 750.000 times. The European market share of 15% in 16 countries represents a milestone for Opel. However, in contrast to the mocha, the diesel share in this car is already at 83%.

We choose an Isignia Tourer with the 2.0 CTDI and six-speed manual transmission and contest the second test drive in left-hand traffic. The head is still a little crazy, because he always wants to pull the car to the right, but that is after the first five kilometers.

A very masculine expression
A very masculine expression

The 125 kW unit with its 170 PS, which are at 3.750 revolutions push us into the seats. With 400 Newton meters, the vehicle can move very confidently until we suddenly stand directly in the port of Dublin. Even with the Insignia, we hardly notice anything of the inadequate road conditions on the track. In the afternoon he shows off his photogenic side and we can once again set an eye-catcher with the Irish by car.

Not just a big mouth - it fits in a lot
Not just a big mouth - it fits a lot

Prices start with the Insignia 2.0 CTDI Tourer with 125 kW at € 32.215. Here, too, a more than extensive equipment variant “Edition” and a six-speed manual transmission await us. The next two trim levels are close together. For example, the “Sport” variant is available for € 2.380 or the top variant “Innovation” with only € 200. If you choose 4 × 4 all-wheel drive, another € 3.180 goes over the counter. The very well coordinated six-speed automatic transmission costs € 1.620.

Very harmonious trains
Very harmonious trains

At the end...

Both engines with 6 emission standard are not only completely adequate for the Mokka and the Insignia, they also make the car appear very harmonious and balanced. An all-round carefree package.

Opel Mocha 1.6 CTDI

For sale: -right away
Base Price: 18.990 €
Engine performance: 100 kW (136 PS)
Drive and transmission: 6-speed manual transmission
Acceleration: 9.4 seconds from 0-100 km / h
Consumption - combined: 4.5 liters on 100 km
maximum speed: 220 km/h
Length, width, height, wheelbase 4.913, 1.856, 1.513, 2.737 mm

Opel Insignia Tourer 2.0 CTDI

For sale: -right away
Base Price: 25.070 €
Engine performance: 125 kW (170 PS)
Drive and transmission: 6-speed manual transmission
Acceleration: 9.4 seconds from 0-100 km / h
Consumption - combined: 4.5 liters on 100 km
maximum speed: 220 km/h
Length, width, height, wheelbase 4.913, 1.856, 1.513, 2.737 mm
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