Opel engineers are out testing the next redesigned model post the brand’s sale by General Motors to France’s PSA Group in 2017. The model is the new Mokka X, the current version of which was sold in the United States as the previous-generation Buick Encore.
The Mokka X is one of the most popular models in the subcompact crossover SUV segment. It was introduced in 2012 and Opel is now keen to replace it. The new model is confirmed to arrive on the scene in 2020.
Why the hurry to replace the strong-selling current model? In a previous turnaround strategy announcement for Opel, PSA Group said it planned to transfer the entire portfolio of Opel cars to PSA Group platforms no later than 2024.
The rapid shakeup is due to Opel’s sale agreement made between GM and PSA Group, which blocks Opel from selling vehicles based on GM platforms in markets where GM brands operate. PSA Group also…