Spy shots show the next-generation Opel Mokka X testing for the first time out in the wild and it looks evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. But, that’s not a terrible thing. The Mokka X has been a smash hit in Europe and it’s credited with helping increase Buick showroom traffic the n’th degree after GM imported the car as the Encore.
The bigger question is where GM goes for its next-generation Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax. Both subcompact crossovers currently ride on the Gamma 2 platform, which the Mokka X shares. Currently, both the Trax and Encore hail from South Korea, Mexico and Spain, but it’s unclear where the cars will firmly call home with the next-generation cars. GM’s presence in South Korea hangs in the balance due to high labor rates and GM sold its European operations along with Opel and Vauxhall to PSA Groupe. PSA and Opel will shift production of the Mokka X wholly from Spain to Germany with the next-generation car.
That leaves Mexico or a U.S. facility as the most likely candidates unless GM decides to build the next cars in China. Right now, the Buick Envision and Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid are exported from China to the U.S.
The new Mokka X will certainly ride on a PSA platform as the French automaker works to accelerate the transition away from GM intellectual property to its own. For the next Trax and Encore, GM will tap the G2XX platform, which succeeds Gamma 2.
Spy shots: Motor1