The Yeti was launched in 2010 with a 2-litre diesel engine. it’s a permanent 4WD crossover and is the first of its kind crossover in India. There is no option for automatic transmission and the Tata Aria is
its main competitor. Soft roaders like the Honda CR-V, Chevy Captiva and the Mitsubishi Outlander are more expensive because they are CBUs.
The Skoda Yeti was introduced at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show and, believe it or not, soon became a successful model on the European market. Since then, however, an abundance of new competitors have joined the small-SUV market, so the Yeti needs a redesign to keep up pace. These latest spy shots are the first images of that exact redesign.
The prototype caught testing has only been camouflaged at the front and rear meaning that just these two parts will be redesigned. Up front, the facelift Yeti will receive a new front bumper with bigger air intakes for a more masculine look. The chrome bar on top of the grille will also be changed and will get a look similar to the one previewed by the Concept Mission L, which is same one that will be used for the upcoming Skoda Rapid. The graphics on the headlights look as if they will get some changes too. At the rear, there will be a new, redesigned bumper and new rear light graphics.
As far as power goes, there have been some new engines in the Skoda family lately, so some of the new engines will more than likely find their way under the hood of the facelift Yeti.
Expect to see the new Skoda Yeti launched in September at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.
Skoda added today a new model to its line-up: the Yeti SUV. The Yeti SUV is a 4.2 metre long, five-door vehicle that features an impressive front end with a ribbed grille and friendly looking headlamps.
The SUV is being offered with a choice of two petrol engines and three diesel are on offer: the entry entry unit (front wheel drive), a petrol engine with four cylinders and 1.2 litre capacity, delivers 103 hp, while the top of the line is a 2.0l TDI CR with 167 hp.
The Yeti is very well equipped for load lugging, too. The luggage compartment volume is flexible; up to 1760 litres is available by removing the rear seats. A luggage cover and net as well as lashing rings are available to further secure the load. As the Yeti is born of a brand which offers clever automobile concepts as its core competence, it is designed with a highly flexible luggage system.
Initial rumors said the future Skoda SUV will be launched in July at the London Motor Show, but Skoda denied those rumors: "Nonsense. This is the year of the Superb," said Skoda spokesman Jaroslav Cerny, referring to the automaker’s launch this summer of its new flagship car.
He also said the SUV will be launched next year, but would not specify a time.
The car will likely be called the Yeti, the name of both concept cars earlier shown by the Czech automaker. "I think we will stay with the name," Skoda head Reinhard Jung told Automotive News Europe in March.
The SUV will be built at Skoda’s Kvasiny site alongside the large Superb and the Roomster medium minivan. The two Kvasiny assembly lines have a total production capacity of 200,000 units.
Skoda will target central Europe with its Yeti and is expected to sell around 50,000 units annually.
Volkswagen is ready to launch a new family of small SUVs. Inspired by the huge success of the joint Cayenne/Touareg/Q7 project, the company wants to take this success to a smaller level: a new family made by Audi Q1, Skoda Yeti and VW Polo SUV. Even if the most important one is the Q1, the first to arrive will be the Yeti in 2009, followed by the Audi Q1 a year later and the Polo SUV in 2011.
Production of Škoda’s fifth model line is due to start in 2009 and many new jobs will be created in the firm’s home country following this announcement. The Kvasiny facility, along with Škoda’s other plant in Vrchlabí, will be extensively modernised and expanded in order to meet the board’s aim of having three full-scale Czech factories by 2010.