Skoda offers two new versions of its new Yeti: urban and off-road
The new Skoda Yeti is available in a version specially designed for city driving. (Skoda)
Published Saturday, August 17, 2013 8:59PM EDT
At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Skoda will reveal its next-generation Yeti SUV, available for the first time in two versions: one for all-terrain adventurers and the other for tamer city drivers.
The main difference between the two versions can be seen in the shielding, in front and back, and in the ground clearance. The new vehicles will hit dealerships worldwide by the end of 2013.
The range has had a facelift, and the most noticeable changes surround the position and form of its headlights (Bi-Xenon lights are available as an optional feature) and of its front grill. The interior now includes a tri-spoke steering wheel and new materials for the seating and upholstery.
The new Yeti will be offered with a choice of seven different powertrains, including four diesel and four fuel engines, all with double-clutch gearboxes with 6 and 7 speeds. The diesel 1.6L TDI GreenLine with 105 hp is the most environmentally friendly motor in the series, with just 119 g of CO2 emissions per kilometer. Buyers will also have the choice of two-wheel or four-wheel drive.
Finally, this is Skoda's first model to feature a rear-view camera for parking assistance, as the Optical Parking Assistant is available as an option.
Skoda is not the first manufacturer to produce two different versions of its SUV. Volkswagen, for example, employed a similar strategy with its Tiguan. The two new Yeti models are expected to hit the market by the end of 2013, although for the time being there is no information on pricing.