PSA Group is trying to escape from GM’s clutches as fast as it’s possible. The France automaker bought Opel a year ago and since then it’s been obligated to pay GM for use of their engines and platforms. Taking into account how much money that is it’s not any wonder at all why they are so keen to replace the entire lineup by 2024. One of the first that is going to receive a total makeover is the fast-selling subcompact crossover SUV. Yes, the automaker is currently working on the 2020 Opel Mokka X and we caught the prototype while it was checking out its new abilities.
The testing model has been totally camouflaged, so we really have no idea what the automaker prepares. On the other hand, we do know that the next-gen model isn’t going to have too many things in common with its predecessor, so we are pretty sure that the future vehicle is receiving a revolutionary redesign, which will most likely be largely influenced by Opel’s GT X Experimental concept. Moreover, the prototype already hosts the concept’s grille that sits notably lower than usually.
In addition to the exterior design, the 2020 Opel Mokka X will change a lot inside, too. The redesigned cabin will largely mirror the DS 3 Crossback. Of course, since DS stands for automaker’s luxury brand, the Opel’s crossover may get a bit cheaper interpretation of the cockpit. The interior will, by the way, receive some additional room. More precisely, the successor will grow slightly and the extra inches will be mostly used for SUV’s rear-seat legroom.
The 2020 Mokka X will ride on a new architecture of course. The crossover will switch to PSA Group’s new CMP platform that’s going to support a range of compact and subcompact cars. The chassis also incorporates new technologies, including electrification, so the French manufacturer may reconsider an EV version of the Mokka X. Moreover, the newest reports that the electric SUV is on its way already. The reports are also pretty confident what’s going to power the Mokka X EV. The subcompact will reportedly use the same powertrain as the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense. The model comes fitted with an electric motor that delivers 136 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of twist and a 50-kWh flour-mounted lithium-ion battery. Together, the system enables a driving range of around 186 miles, which is not bad at all.
The regular new-gen Mokka X will feature four-cylinder engines, both diesel and gasoline. The most potent version of the SUV should be paired with a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4, while we expect a standard front-wheel-drive and an optional all-wheel-drive.