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New Skoda Yeti Reveals Itself

By raccars Published

Skoda's rather inelegant but very practical Yeti small SUV has been a runaway success for the company, but is ripe for a a bit of a touch up. 2014's version will make its public debut next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The model line up will be divided into two separate sections: a more refined, urban focused version and a more rugged, off road capable adventurer. The posh, city going Yeti will be distinguishable by its body coloured bumpers, side mouldings, sills and crash plates versus the black plastic of the outdoorsy version.

While the original Skoda Yeti divided critics with its somewhat utilitarian styling, the more conventional looks of the facelifted version lack character by comparison. Modern touches include the option of bi-xenon headlamps and LED taillights, while there is also customisation possible with the choice of four alloy wheel designs and a bunch of new colours, including four metallics called Moon White, Metal Grey, Jungle Green or Magnetic Brown. The basic shape remains the same, although the rear end has been sharpened up a bit.

However it's the new Yeti's interior that really rings the changes. There's a new three spoke steering wheel, fabric seat covers, a two way boot floor cover, removable LED light, vest storage under the driver's seat and a rubbish bin in the door pocket. There's also a more generous provision of standard kit and modern options including Optical Parking Assistant, an automatic parking function that can accomplish a reverse parallel park position and includes a rear view camera.

The Yeti's revisions don't include the engine range, which retains the current trio of petrol turbo units – a 103bhp 1.2 litre, a 121bhp 1.4 and a 1.8 in two states of tune, 150 or 158bhp – and the turbo diesels – a 103bhp 1.6 litre and 108,138 and 168bhp versions of the 2.0 litre unit. The most economical variant is the 1.6 diesel Greenline for 61mpg and CO2 emissions of 119g/km. A six speed manual gearbox is accompanied by six or seven speed DSG dual clutch options, depending which model within the rather complicated trim line up you go for.

Also extant from the original are the chassis, the VarioFlex rear seating system and the generous luggage space – 405 litres with the rear seats in place or 1,760 with them folded down. Front or four wheel drive versions are available, again depending upon trim designation.

Skoda has yet to announce prices but there shouldn't be too much of a jump from the current £15,250 entry level price point.

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