Next Skoda Yeti SUV to arrive in two variants

For the first time, the Czech compact-SUV will be available in two variants - one will be designed to be a stylish Yeti model for about town, and the other Skoda calls an adventurous off-road Yeti.

Both design variations of the Yeti will feature a new front and rear, new alloy wheels, fresh interiors, as well as new Skoda 'Simply Clever' ideas. Skoda also promises improved functionality and extended engine/gear combinations. Both new models are to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month and, by the end of 2013, both new variants of the Yeti will have been launched in some European markets. No launch date has yet been announced for the Irish market.

Skoda promises a significant difference between both versions. The front and rear elements, such as bumpers, side mouldings and door sills are either in the body colour or, in the case of the Yeti great outdoor's version, in black plastic.

The new fronts of both vehicles are now horizontally more accentuated and feature a distinctive grille and redesigned headlights. And, for the first time, the Yeti will have Bi-Xenon headlights as an optional extra. In keeping with Skoda’s new design language, the front headlights are now rectangular and are now located further under the front bumpers.

The Yeti’s new rear has got a new layout. This includes a new form of tailgate with more distinctive tail-lights now in even more precise moulded C-Design, available with LEDs as an optional extra. Also, in line with the new Skoda look, two cubist triangular elements alongside the new brand logo.

The wheel programme has also been expanded with some newly designed, attractive alloy wheel designs. There will also be a wider selection of colours available, including some new metallic finishes.

The new Yeti models have a fresh interior - with new three-spoke steering wheels in many variations, new fabrics and patterns for the seat covers, as well as new decorative trims on the dashboard.

The current Yeti compact SUV received the maximum 5-star rating in the 2009 Euro NCAP crash test.

Irish pricing and specification will not be announced until nearer the sale date, which is likely to be early next year.

When it does arrive here, Skoda Ireland will have chosen from a possible selection of four diesel and three petrol engines - all turbocharged and with direct injection. The performance spectrum range from the 1.2 TSI with 77kW and 105bhp to the 2.0 TDI with 125kW and 170bhp. The fifth generation front or all-wheel drive with Haldex coupling will be fitted depending on the engine specs. With an automatic transmission, the new Yeti will exclusively use the modern six or seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

Watch this space for more after the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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