Opel has released a teaser image of its new Mokka, confirming the crossover will drop the “X” from the current model’s name.

When the original Mokka was facelifted in 2016, the automaker added an “X” suffix. But it will reverse its decision with this second-generation model.

The Rüsselsheim-based firm furthermore confirmed the new Mokka would be offered in fully electric form in some markets. Conventional combustion engines, however, will also be available.

From what we understand, the new Mokka will switch to a version of the PSA Group’s EMP1 modular platform, as used by Peugeot, Citroën and other Opel models. Expect the powertrain line-up to largely mirror that of related models, such as the Peugeot 2008 (which is offered in Europe with a turbocharged, 1,2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and a 1,5-litre turbodiesel unit).

Opel says production of the new Mokka will start in the fourth quarter of 2020, with the first electric variants scheduled to hit owners' driveways in early 2021.

According to the company, the new Mokka will be “small and robust” like the outgoing model but in a “much more progressive and modern way”. In addition, Opel says the cabin will be “fully digitised”.

“I have followed the development of the new Mokka very closely for two and a half years and I am very proud of this new Opel, which will be electric from the very beginning,” said Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller.

“I can promise that the new Mokka will be one of the most exciting cars in our long history. This second generation shows everything Opel stands for today and in the future; it will change the perception of our brand. Our engineers still have important work to do, but I'm looking forward to presenting the new Mokka soon.”

Original article from Car