Engineers at Vauxhall have been putting the next-generation Mokka through its paces, getting it ready to hit showrooms in 2021.
They are working on optimizing acoustic comfort in the interior, safety at high speeds and steering and pedal feel.
Since February, engineers in the chassis, powertrain, electronics and lighting departments have been tuning chassis and assistance systems on frozen lakes and narrow country roads in Swedish Lapland.
Development cars are hidden behind green and black camouflage, with 3D-like graphics blurring vehicle contours.
Engineers have been in Lapland to set up the chassis, but Vauxhall says the Mokka must also be able to cope with high summer in the Mediterranean.
Parts, components and systems are being fine-tuned, including the control software being adapted for pedal feel and the right amount of steering assistance.
In Germany, engineers have been testing the Mokka at the Rodgau-Dudenhofen Test Center to see how it copes with the trickiest road surfaces in Europe.
Karsten Bohle, project coordinator for the Vauxhall Mokka, said, “We are all looking forward to seeing the new Mokka on the road in customers’ hands. The test drives are running like clockwork, also because our new baby, with its low weight and compact external dimensions, reacts well to adjustments.”