Our spy photographers have been busy stalking the next generation Vauxhall Mokka X, and the result is this fresh batch of photos, taken in Lapland, the largest and northernmost region of Finland. This heavily camouflaged trial vehicle doesn’t tell us a lot about the SUV, but at least we now know it’s under development.
The mule wears full body camouflage and the front end is even masked with fake plastic panels, not letting us see the changes in the design. However, it appears to be slightly larger than the current model.
With Vauxhall/Opel now part of the PSA Group, this means the new Mokka X will almost certainly switch to the company's EMP1 platform. According to reports, the new Mokka X will continue to be manufactured in Germany, at Opel’s Eisenach factory.
Moving to a PSA architecture means the engines will also be sourced from the French carmaker. That’s not necessarily bad news, because Peugeot’s diesel HDI motors, also used in some models from BMW, Mini and Ford in Europe, are among the best on the market today. The company’s recent 1.6-litre diesel should be available from day one and we also expect to see a more powerful 2-litre option, too.
Power will be channeled to the front wheels as standard, but an all-wheel-drive system will be available as an option. A hybrid powertrain is also on the cards, if we are to believe recent rumours.
Revisions of the interior will bring the SUV closer to the Crossland X and Grandland X duo. The new model will also gain some advanced assistance and safety features, which will be added to the already available technologies such as adaptive LED headlights and rear lights, and an eight-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system.