Skoda’s highly acclaimed Yeti crossover has just been given a modest overhaul, though by the looks of it, it’s sufficient in order for it to be appealing in its respective market sector, which, as we all know, is hugely competitive.
Skoda has added a dash of modernity to the Yeti’s image with a restyled front, slightly improved interior and new tail lights at the back, while for the first time, the compact model will be offered in two flavors, a more conventional looking ‘City’ edition, and a more rugged ‘Outdoor’ version with black protective moldings on the bumpers and side skirts.
This is by no means an extensive revamp, but since there was nothing really wrong with it, that’s not a bad thing. The most noticeable new addition are the completely redesigned headlights, which do away with the awkward shape of the current mode’s clusters, replacing them with clean, modern ones, in line with the rest of the range. At the rear, there are new lights, which retain the same shape as the non-facelifted model, yet offer more modern graphics and design and a reworked tailgate.
Inside, aside from the new model steering wheel, the Yeti becomes the first Skoda to be fitted with a rear-view camera, while it also gains a new double-sided floor covering in the boot.
The engine lineup comprises four diesel and three petrols, ranging in output from the 104hp (105PS) 1.2-liter TSI to the 168hp (170PS) 2.0-liter TDI. All-wheel drive and a six or seven-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG) are offered as an option on select models. For the first time, the front-wheel drive Yeti 1.6-liter (104hp/105PS) TDI 77 kW is now offered with an automatic seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Skoda will host the world premiere of the Yeti at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
By Andrei Nedelea