The PSA Group, which now owns Opel, announced that the next-generation of the German automaker’s small SUV will be produced at its Poissy plant in France.
The replacement of the Opel/Vauxhall Mokka X will use the CMP architecture that already underpins the DS3 Crossback, which is also set to enter series production at the same factory later this year. Being based on the CMP architecture also means that the successor of the Opel Mokka X will get a fully-electric variant, just like its French cousin.
The decision to build Opel’s upcoming small SUV at Poissy outside of Paris was driven mainly by financial reasons, as the new production line is capable of building both electric and internal combustion-engined models and is already operational.
“Poissy employees are proud to lead the way this year with the first implementation of this state of the art manufacturing process for our Group. Having an additional vehicle is the clear recognition of our performance improvement and I would like to thank all the teams that created the conditions to make it happen”, said Frédéric Przybylski, who manages the Poissy plant.
The facility is currently building models like the Peugeot 208 and DS3 hatchbacks. It will also build the next-gen Peugeot 208, which has just been revealed in leaked images ahead of its official debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.
The current Mokka X is produced at Zaragoza, Spain and is based on GM’s Gamma II platform which also underpins the Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax. Opel plans to make the next Mokka X bigger in order to better differentiate itself from the Crossland X, which also poses as a small crossover in the range.
Opel expects SUV models to account for 40 percent of its total sales by 2021, with the next-generation Mokka X scheduled for a launch next year.