New Skoda Yeti launched at September’s Frankfurt Show
Wednesday 14 August 2013
• New Yeti will have two looks: for the city and for the country
• Expected to go on sale early in 2014
• Choice of seven engines, and two- or four-wheel drive
These are the first pictures of the revised Skoda Yeti, which be officially launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. For the first time, the car will come with a choice of two looks, one designed for the city and the other for the country.
Compared to the current model, both models feature a new front end – with a new grille and redesigned headlights – but the two versions are differentiated by the way various components are coloured. On the city model, the bumpers, side mouldings and door sills are finished in body colour, but they come in black plastic on the countryside model.
At the same time, the rear end has also been remodelled, there are more designs of alloy wheel and the interior has been refreshed with new trims and fabrics.
One thing that does remain from the previous Yeti is the VarioFlex rear seat system. This allows the three rear seats to be individually folded or removed, while the centre seat can be removed and the outer seats moved inwards to convert the five-seat Yeti into a more spacious four-seater.
Skoda claims that no rival has more rear headroom than the Yeti, while the boot capacity (from 405 to 1760 litres) is larger than in rivals such as the Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur and Vauxhall Mokka.
Among the new features on this new model are a double-sided boot floor, a detachable LED light in the boot, a vest holder under the driver’s seat and a waste container in the side door.
Buyers will be able to choose from four diesel and three petrol engines, ranging in power from 104 to 168bhp, as well as having the option of two- or four-wheel drive and manual or automatic transmission. The most economical model is the 1.6-litre diesel-engined Greenline model, which averages 61.4mpg and emits 119g/km of CO2.
The car is expected to go on sale in the UK early next year, and full details of the car’s price and specifications will be announced nearer the time.
By Andy Pringle