Opel’sall-new Mokka crossover, which will feature an all-electric variant and will lose the ‘X’ at the end of its name, will “change the perception” of the brand according to CEO Michael Lohscheller.
The new Mokka will go into production during the fourth quarter of this year, with deliveries of both the fully-electric as well as conventional variants set to start in December, barring any unforeseen delays.
“The new Mokka will be one of the most exciting cars in our long history,” said Lohscheller. Its design was influenced by that of the 2018 Opel GT X electric SUVconcept, with common styling cues such as the concept’s central hood line and its squared off front end.
Opel also used the word “detoxed” to describe thenew Mokka’s design language, saying that the car will have a “fully digitized” interior, although that’s as far as they went with that description, reportsAutonews Europe.
TheEV variant, expected to use the name Mokka-e, will feature the same electric powertrain as the Corsa-e supermini and Peugeot e-2008 small crossover. The latter two boast a 50 kWh battery, working alongside a 136 HP electric motor. The Peugeot e-2008 has a WLTP range of 320 km (200 miles).
As for Opel’s British sister brand, Vauxhall, it expects sales of the Mokka EV to account for 15% to 20% of the nameplate’s total volume.
“The Mokka is very stylish compared with what came before,” said Vauxhall CEO Steve Norman.
In terms of sales, the Mokka saw its numbers drop by 35% to 77,796 units last year according to JATO Dynamics. Going forward, the new Mokka will continue to be sold alongside Opel’sCrossland X, maintaining the brand’s multiple-model presence in the small SUV segment.