Opel has teased the first images of its all-new Mokka compact SUV. Here's what we know so far.
Opel is now under the ownership of the Peugeot Citroen Group (PSA) so expect some shared technology like platforms and powertrains. Opel is claiming there will be a fully-electric Mokka as well as conventionally-powered units. We suspect the electric Mokka will use the current electric Corsa's powertrain which offers up 100 kW and 260 Nm, and has a range of around 330 km.
Production will begin towards the end of this year, with the first customer cars (including the all-electric model) due to reach showrooms in the first part of 2021. Interestingly, the Mokka is losing its predecessor's Mokka X name and will just be known as Mokka.
‘The new Mokka will change people’s perception of our brand,’ said Stephen Norman, Vauxhall’s Managing Director. ‘Not only does it show that we’re serious about electrification, but also that we’re not afraid to innovate with design, both inside and out of the car. The Mokka is still in its development phase now, but it is set to be one of Vauxhall’s most important models when it arrives with customers at the start of next year.’
In May 2020, Opel released info on how the new Mokka was put through its paces as engineers refined springs, dampers and steering. There's also a focus on making the Mokka's drive engaging. According to the Opel Mokka project coordinator Karsten Bohle, “The test drives are running like clockwork, also because our new baby, with its low weight and compact external dimensions, reacts well to adjustments. Handling and comfort are super. The Mokka is a joy to drive.”
The new Opel Mokka will ride on the CMP platform, which underpins many Peugeot Citroen group products. Remember Opel is now owned by the French, and given PSA's meteoric rise over the past 18 months, this change of ownership can only mean good things for Opel. There are suggestions the all-new Mokka will be 120 kg lighter than the outgoing model, despite having almost the same wheelbase and tyre size.
Opel Mokka Teaser