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The Skoda Yeti builds on the brand’s experience of more than 100 years of car development and enters the competitive compact SUV segment. It will be, at long last, available in Australia late this year.

Thanks to a ground clearance of 180 millimetres and a four-wheel-drive system that incorporates a fourth generation Haldex clutch, the Yeti is intended for those who want to venture a little way off the beaten track for light-duty off-roading. For motorists who may not want four-wheel drive, Skoda will offer the Yeti with a front-wheel drive version, thus joining the many brands offering FWD as well as AWD for their SUVs.

The Skoda Yeti’s overall length of 4,223 millimetres allows drivers to fit into those parking spaces that are far from generous, while its width of 1,793 millimetres guarantees that the doors can be opened in some of those tight 'spots'. (copyright image)
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The Yeti’s engine range is based on Skoda’s newly-found downsizing strategy, reducing capacity while at the same increasing performance, thanks to forced induction. The engine range includes a petrol and diesel, both with their own sets of advantages.

The two-wheel drive Yeti is powered by the 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine delivering 77 kW and 175 Nm between 1,550 and 4,100 rpm. This engine is paired with the innovative seven-speed DSG transmission (or six-speed manual).

The Yeti AWD is powered by the economical 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine with 103 kW and 320 Nm from 1,750 - 2,500 rpm. It comes with a six-speed DSG transmission (or six-speed manual).

The Skoda Yeti bears attributes typical of the brand and gives the new compact SUV a clear family identity.

This means the evocative rib-shaped grille with the distinct chrome surround and the Skoda logo centred above. Additional lights, sited ‘inside’ the headlights, provide the Yeti with 'character', lending the front end a friendly look. The side view is dominated by clean lines, the distinct wheelarches and guards confer a unique identity on the compact SUV, while the lower body protective panels are classic hallmarks of a vehicle with off-road capability. The black C pillars and standard roof rails round off the robust shape. The rear design is just as unfussy: the rear lights are C-shaped and the smooth, vertical tailgate opens easily and far upwards, allowing easy access to the boot.

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The Skoda Yeti achieved a rating of five stars in the independent Euro NCAP crash tests. Thanks to the use of high-strength steel, the Yeti’s passenger cell offers a strong survival space for driver and passengers in the event of an accident. The Yeti also gives vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, high levels of protection in a collision as the bonnet is designed to absorb on impact. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) (including ABS, EBD, ASR and Hill Hold Control) is standard on all Yetis while seven airbags (which includes a driver’s knee airbag) protect occupants in the event of an accident.

More information regarding the SkodaA Yeti will be available at Next Car closer to the launch date later in the year.

Australian Pricing* (MLP*)

The Skoda Yeti FWD will be available from $28,690*.
The Skoda Yeti AWD will be available from $35,690*.

NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.


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