The next-generation Skoda Yeti is set to take design inspiration from the recently-launched Kodiaq, according to design chief Jozef Kaban
The marque’s head designer confirmed to Autocar that the design of the 2018 Yeti has been signed off for production and that it will retain a similar boxy shape to the current car but be refreshed with some Kodiaq-inspired elements.
“It’s no secret we didn’t build the Kodiaq in isolation, and there are aspects of that car that can look good in every segment.
“There was an aspect to the Kodiaq brief that meant we needed to keep in mind that it is a car that is opening the door to a very attractive SUV world. So, of course, it can influence how other SUVs might look. I’d say that the next Yeti will look up to its bigger brother, rather than simply being cut from the same cloth,” he confirmed.
It is thought that some of the Kodiaq’s key styling traits, such as its headlights, distinctive chrome grille and side profiles are all likely candidates to be reflected on the new Yeti.
Beyond its styling, there’s a possibility that 2018 Yeti will be underpinned by the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, already used by the likes of the Audi TT, Audi Q2, Skoda Superb, Volkswagen Passat and VW Golf.
The use of this platform will allow Skoda to use a selection of VW Group engines, including the brand’s latest petrol and diesel powertrains.