Opel/Vauxhall says it wants to become No. 1 in the increasingly popular small crossover segment with the Mokka, its first such model.
Four years ago, the segment accounted for just 150,000 sales, but following the success of the Nissan Juke and Skoda Yeti, demand may grow to 400,000 this year and 600,000 in 2015, Opel said.
Opel forecasts annual sales of 100,000 Mokkas.
The Mokka launches in Germany next month as part of the General Motors Co. unit's product expansion into new segments that also includes the Adam minicar and Casdcada mid-sized convertible, both of which are due to launch next year.
The Mokka uses some components from the Opel Astra compact and was developed by Opel engineers at the automaker's Ruesselsheim headquarters in Germany. It has a 2555mm (100.59-inche) wheelbase and comes with front-wheel drive, as well as all-wheel drive.
The Mokka is a sister model to the U.S. market Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax, which launches in Europe early next year.