The first Skoda Yeti rolled off the assembly line in the Czech Republic last week. This is Skoda's fifth model range and slots into the so-called crossover segment.
Skoda says it has designed Yeti, as it does all its models, for the way people use cars. Clever solutions include the flexible and practical 'VarioFlex' rear seat system, which also makes it easy to increase Yeti’s carrying capacity to as much as 1,760 litres.
Earlier Skoda performed a number of final pre-production tests. One of the last test stages took place in Norway, which offered a variety of road surfaces similar to those seen in all European countries and most of the key regions outside Europe.
Skoda tells us that the test team used the diversity of roads and weather conditions to check some of the key systems, such as the driving stability system, ventilation and air conditioning system performance. The tests provided valuable information about the interaction between the respective control units, the chassis parameters and acoustic comfort, as well as the characteristics of the off-road systems.
The vehicles tested in Oslo were a 1.8 TSI petrol and a 2.0 TDI diesel, both 4x4 models. The drivers tested the vehicles' behaviour on forest roads, as well as on an extreme downhill course using the downhill assistant, a new function enabling the driver to go down extremely steep hills in complete control.
Thanks to its higher ground clearance (180mm ) and fourth-generation Haldex clutch system, Skoda reported that the Yeti offers exceptionally good on-road as well as off-road driveability. It continued to say that if you add in low fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions, Yeti gives today’s drivers exactly what they require: economical running costs, outstanding flexibility, great practicality, and less impact on the environment – the hallmarks of a crossover vehicle. It all certainly whets the appetite to get behind the wheel for a test run.
The Yeti is a modern, smart crossover vehicle with what Skoda describes as a fresh attitude and compact dimensions. It combines 4x4 strengths with hatchback practicality. And the Yeti should go on sale here this autumn.
Skoda Scout in March.
The design of the brand new Scout includes distinct features and attractive protective elements, giving this functional and economical car, new emotional dimensions. A uniquely-shaped bumper and plastic cladding give this new version of Skoda's popular estate enhanced, robust features. In addition, protective elements on the sides of the body and silver roof-rails underline the Fabia Scout's outline.