Premium automobile manufacturer SkodaAuto India on Monday launched its first sports utility vehicle (SUV) Yeti in the country, priced at Rs.15.40 lakh-Rs.16.62 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi).
“The Yeti will create a new SUV segment between the existing premium and low cost offers. And with an unrivalled price point, it gives us the confidence that Yeti would attract a new host of customers,” said Thomas Kuehl, director, sales and marketing SkodaAuto India.
The SUV which comes in two variants, Ambiente and Elegance, is powered by a 2 litre TDI CR (common rail diesel) engine, with a maximum power of 140 bhp at 4200 rpm.
Skoda Yeti has a six-speed manual transmission and high-pressure direct injection technology system with a mileage of 17.67 km per litre. It has leather interiors with colour tones of black and beige.
Kuehl said Yeti will give good competition to the C plus segment of sedans and other SUVs as the Skoda brand is a compact car which embodies comfort of a sedan and off-roading capability of a SUV.
The company has reported a booking of about a 1,000 units for its new offering which will be brought in the country as CKD completely knocked-down) units assembled at its Aurangabad plant.
The Czech company’s Indian subsidiary started operations in November 2001, and currently offers three models under its brands of Skoda Superb, Skoda Laura and the hatchback Skoda Fabia.